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Sample SBA ELA Score Report

Smarter Balanced (SBA) English Language Arts (ELA) - Family Report
Below is a sample of  an SBA ELA Score Report, updated for tests taken in Spring 2019.
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ELA Report sample

CHARTS BELOW DESCRIBE WHAT YOU SEE ON  THE SCORE REPORT ABOVE
The number in the left column in the chart below corresponds to the number shown on the sample report above.  The description in the right hand column provides either the specific text from the score report or (if the text is in italics) a description of that section of the report.

 #  Exact Text or Description (if in italics)
1 (Your child's name) English Language Arts Test Score
2 Your child's name and score shown on a Level 1-4 thermometer-like chart.
3 Each level below is a category of student achievement with grade-level skills and knowledge in English language arts.  Students who earn a Level 3 or Level 4 are likely on track for success with higher grade level learning expectations.

On a high school score report, the second sentence instead reads: Students who earn a Level 3 or Level 4 are likely on track to success with entry-level career tasks and college coursework after high school.
4

Overall Performance Level Descriptions

Level 4
students exceed the grade level expectations in English language arts.
Level 3 students meet the grade level expectations in English language arts.
Level 2 students nearly meet the grade level expectations in  English language arts.
Level 1 students do not yet meet the grade level expectations in English language arts.

5
This paragraph states whether your child's score exceeded, met, nearly met, or did not meet grade level standards, according to where your child's score fell on the chart on the right (performance levels described in section 4 above).

On a high school score report, there is an additional sentence: 
This score (meets, or does not meet) the state test graduation requirement score of (minimum score required shown here).
6 How does this score compare to other (your child's grade level) students? 
  • Your child's school average was (school's average score at this grade level)
  • Your child's district average was (district's average score at this grade level)
  • The state average was (Washington state average score at this grade level)
7 FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

What is the English Language Arts Test?
This test is aligned to the state learning standards for English language arts.  These are the learning expectations for students in each grade in reading, writing, language, speaking, and listening.  This test is one way to measure student achievement of reaching the learning expectations.

The standards describe what students should know at each grade to graduate high school ready for college and the workplace.  The standards can be found at: http://www.k12.wa.us/ELA/Standards.aspx

What are the Claims?
Claims are broad statements of the skills and knowledge students should know and be able to apply in English language arts.

How your child performed in each claim is found in the columns to the right.  Your child's performance in each claim contributes to the English language arts test score.

Where can I find more information?
Parent guides can be found at: http://testscoreguide.org/wa/

Please contact your child's school for more information.


8: Claim Scores  For each claim (sub-category of English Language Arts) the report indicates whether your child performed either Above Standard, At/Near Standard, or Below Standard.  The chart below provides the comments you may see, depending on the performance level symbols displayed on your child's report.

How did (your child's name) perform on the different claims of the test?
Performance Level Claim 1: Reading Claim 2: Writing Claim 3: Listening Claim 4: Research/Inquiry
 Above standard symbol
Above Standard
Your child showed a thorough ability to read literary and informational texts closely and analytically.

The Reading Claim includes the ability to understand central ideas and to reason and support with evidence.
Your child showed a thorough ability to produce effective and well-grounded writing.

The Writing Claim includes the ability to produce well-organized and supported writing for various audiences.
Your child showed a thorough ability to employ effective listening skills.

The Listening Claim includes the ability to use listening skills for a range of purposes and audiences.
Your child showed a thorough ability to investigate topics and analyze, integrate, and present information.

The Research Claim includes the ability to find key information and use relevant details to support ideas and opinions.
At or Near Standard symbol
At or Near Standard
Your child showed some ability to read literary and informational texts closely and analytically.

The Reading Claim includes the ability to understand central ideas and to reason and support with evidence.
Your child showed some ability to produce effective and well-grounded writing.

The Writing Claim includes the ability to produce well-organized and supported writing for various audiences.
Your child showed some ability to employ effective listening skills.

The Listening Claim includes the ability to use listening skills for a range of purposes and audiences.
Your child showed some ability to investigate topics and analyze, integrate, and present information.

The Research Claim includes the ability to find key information and use relevant details to support ideas and opinions.
 Below Standard symbol
Below Standard
Your child did not yet show an ability to read literary and informational texts closely and analytically.

The Reading Claim includes the ability to understand central ideas and to reason and support with evidence.
Your child did not yet show an ability to produce effective and well-grounded writing.

The Writing Claim includes the ability to produce well-organized and supported writing for various audiences.
Your child did not yet show an ability to employ effective listening skills.

The Listening Claim includes the ability to use listening skills for a range of purposes and audiences.
Your child did not yet show an ability to investigate topics and analyze, integrate, and present information.

The Research Claim includes the ability to find key information and use relevant details to support ideas and opinions.


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