In the spring of 2015, Connecticut began using the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBAC) as the state assessment for English Language Arts (ELA) and Math for students in grades 3-8 and 11. In the spring of 2016, the Smarter Balanced Assessment will continue to be used in grades 3-8, and the revised SAT will be used in grade 11. In science, the Connecticut Mastery Test (CMT) will continue to be used in grades 5, 8, and 10 to measure science achievement.
In Plymouth, we use state standardized assessments as one measure of student achievement. Such assessments help us to examine: how we perform compared to other districts in the state, student performance in relation to other student indicators of performance, strengths and weakness of our curriculum and instruction, and achievement gaps. We use state assessments along with other data to make informed decisions during our district and school improvement planning.
All parents receive their children's score reports in the fall.
Click here to see an informative video by Terryville High School students which explains the Smarter Balanced score reports.
Click here to see guides for parents to help them understand the learning standards and support children at home.
See 2015 Smarter Balanced results to the right under "Related Documents" which were presented at the October 2015 Board of Education Meeting.
Click here to see practice tests and other Smarter Balanced resources for parents.
Smarter Balanced Released Items (2013)
ELA: (need to click on "View More ELA samples" in top blue toolbar to see more)
Math: (need to click on "View More Math samples" in top blue toolbar to see more)
Practice Test Items (released over the summer):
Frequently Asked Questions: