The Practice Test allows students, parents, educators and the public to experience a full grade-level assessment and gain insight into how the Hawaii Smarter Balanced ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Assessments will assess students’ mastery of Hawaii’s Smarter Balanced English language arts and mathematics standards. The practice tests mirror the year-end summative assessments. Each grade-level (3-8 and 11) computer adaptive test includes a variety of question types and difficulty levels (approximately 30 items each in ELA/literacy and mathematics) as well as an ELA performance task. The Training Tests are designed to provide students and teachers with opportunities to quickly familiarize themselves with the software and navigational tools that they will use on the upcoming Hawaii Smarter Balanced ELA/Literacy and Mathematics Assessments. The training test is organized by grade bands (grades 3 to 5, 6 to 8, and high school) and each test contains less than 10 questions. The questions on the training test were selected to provide students with an opportunity to practice a range of question types. The training tests do not contain performance tasks. Neither the Practice nor Training Tests are scored. However, if teachers would like to use the practice tests in the classroom, they may find the answer keys on https://smarterbalanced.alohahsap.org/answer-keys.stml.
The Interim Assessments are scored and recorded in the Centralized Reporting System. The Interim Assessments include two distinct types of tests that draw from the same bank of items and performance tasks:
The Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) use the same blueprints as the revised summative assessments and assess the same standards in fixed forms. The revised ICAs include the same item types and formats as the summative assessments (the Mathematics PT has been removed) and yield results on the same vertical scale. The ICAs yield overall scale scores, overall performance level designations, and claim-level information.
Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) and Focused Interim Assessment Blocks (FIABs) focus on smaller sets of targets and, therefore, provide more detailed information for instructional purposes. The IABs yield overall information for each block.