- Universal Tools:
- Any tool built into the online tests that are available to all students. Examples include test breaks, embedded calculators, dictionary access, highlighting ability, and spell checking.
- Designated Supports:
- Tools, resources, or features that are available to all students but are only utilized when deemed needed by the educator(s). Many of the translation and language support resources fall under this designation.
- Tools and/or supports that are designated specifically for Students with Disabilities (SWD).
- fully translated test documents
- translated glossaries for selected math terms
- "stacked" translations of terms and/or selections that appear above the original English words
Because the tests are administered digitally, these features can be turned on and off by the educator/test administrator, as deemed needed.
Language support options vary from member state to member stateThe Spanish translation of the tests will be available to all 25 Smarter Balanced member states. Additionally, individual states are responsible of determinining if other language translations (Arabic, French, etc.) are required within their individual tests.
It's also important to note that some states prohibit the use of any language other than English to instruct or test ELLs. States with these laws on the books will not be able to access the translated tests and support options. To learn more about the newly announced Smarter Balanced ELL support options, be sure to check out the Education Week article listed below:
Smarter Balanced Approves Testing Supports for English-Learners - Education Week