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NORTH BRANFORD - The town's school district will participate in Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) field testing beginning April 6, as the state moves closer to adopting the assessment as its Common Core-based annual testing benchmark.
North Branford Public Schools Curriculum Director Tracy Wootton said the town's SBA field testing program will be administered to 3rd graders at Totoket Valley Elementary School, students in grades 5 to 8 at North Branford Intermediate School, and grade 11 students at North Branford High School (NBHS) during a three-week window.
Wootton attended a state meeting finalizing the field testing dates last week and said the town took the option of one of four, three-week testing windows, opting to begin testing April 6. District parents have been informed of the upcoming field testing in letters and through presentations given in recent months. On March 6, Wootton will discuss the SBA field testing again, during a North Branford Board of Education informational session on Common Core State Standards. The session is set for Thursday, March 6, at 6 p.m. in the NBHS library (49 Caputo Road).
Wootton noted that she reached out to NBHS Principal Todd Stoeffler last week, after returning from a state SBA field testing informational meeting at which some district representatives described concerns of this year's 11th grade parents about adding the field testing to an already heavy college-bound testing period. Thus far, NBHS parents are not voicing concerns with regard to the additional field testing, she said.