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SBAC Testing for Juniors

posted May 12, 2017, 1:23 PM by Tami Benau

Dear Juniors and their Families,


From May 15 through May 26, all juniors will participate in the Smarter Balanced or SBAC assessment for math and English language arts and literacy.  Juniors will take the Math SBAC during their US History classes the week of May 15 and the English SBAC during their English 3 classes the week of May 22.  There is no alternate schedule.  Juniors must attend all their regular classes. Juniors practiced the SBAC test in their history classes on April 17.  In addition, the following information and a flyer was provided to juniors during their English classes the week of April 24. We have additional flyers and brochures in the Counseling Office.


The SBAC online tests are based on the new California Content Standards, also known as the Common Core State Standards, for mathematics and English language arts. All CSUs and over 90 participating California community colleges accept student results from the SBAC to determine a student’s college readiness status in English and mathematics.  Please take the SBAC seriously.  In addition, districts are required to have a 90% participation rate.  Your results will give the English and math departments and the AUSD valuable information about student performance and needs. These tests will provide information to you, the student, your parents, and teachers about your progress and readiness for college and career.  


What this means for Albany High graduates:


  1. About 60 percent of current AHS graduating seniors report that they will attend a CSU or Community College each fall.  

  2. If you are not able to demonstrate ready or conditionally ready for college level math or English through the SBAC or some other means, you may have to start college in remedial classes that you must pay for and that do not earn you college credit.  


The SBAC results for AHS juniors in the spring of 2016:


ELA SBAC    Math SBAC  

60% ready   46% ready

23% conditionally ready 30% conditionally ready

11% not yet ready 15% not yet ready

6% not ready 9% not ready


How to interpret the results (give students the Junior EAP flyer):


·    Students who score at the highest performance level (“Standard Exceeded”) are considered ready for college-level coursework in English and/or mathematics and are exempt from taking the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam.

·    Students who score at the “Standard Met” performance level are considered conditionally ready for college-level coursework in English and/or mathematics and are exempt from taking the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam. However, they must take an approved English and/or mathematics course in twelfth grade and receive a grade of “C” or better to be considered ready. At AHS these courses are AP Literature for English and pre-calculus, AP Calculus AB or BC, AP Physics, or AP Statistics.  Students that do not meet the conditional requirement their senior year will need to participate in the CSU’s Early Start Program, unless exemption was met through another pathway.

·    Students who score at the “Standard Nearly Met” performance level are considered not yet ready for college-level coursework in English and/or mathematics and will need additional preparation in the twelfth grade. They will also be required to take the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam and participate in the CSU Early Start Program unless they meet the exemption criteria through another pathway.  

·   Students who score at the “Standard Not Met” performance level are considered not ready for college-level work in English and/or mathematics. They will need substantial improvement to demonstrate knowledge and skills needed for success in entry-level credit-bearing college coursework after high school. They will also be required to take the CSU English Placement Test (EPT) and/or Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) exam and participate in the CSU Early Start Program unless they meet the exemption criteria through another pathway.


If you have questions or concerns, please contact Tami Benau at 510-558-2502

















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