So far so good, it seems, for the Smarter Balanced field test in Nashua. As reported in today’s Nashua Telegraph,
Except for the occasional issue with individual student log-ins to the network, things seemed to have run smoothly – both for traditional classrooms and for special education and students for whom English is not their first language. Smarter Balanced also has braille and audio versions for the visually handicapped.
Assistant Superintendent Jennifer Seusing said she believed the field test has put many concerns to rest, including some Nashua teachers’ well-publicized concern that the computerized aspect of the test would hinder some children’s participation.
“One teacher told me that they were glad that they are seeing in the assessments the material that they’ve been teaching the kids,” Seusing said.
As part of the district’s preparation, Nashua students have been taking an adaptive computerize test called i-Ready three times a year, Seusing said.
As for Maynard’s class, it seemed obvious from the grimaces of concentration, finger-counting and carefully written calculations that these 9- and 10-year-olds weren’t being distracted by the bigger picture.
“They’ve been very excited about this,” said Maynard, who has taught at Mount Pleasant for six years. “They are eager to do well.”