Amid concerns about the time and expense of testing, a 25-state coalition plans to offer the choice of both a shorter and longer assessment pegged to the common-core standards.
Instead of designing one test for all of them, (SBAC) will offer a choice of a longer and a shorter version.
The evolving two-pronged approach would give states the option of using a version of the Smarter Balanced test whose multiple sessions and classroom activities span
- nearly 6½ hours in grades 3-5
- close to seven hours in grades 6-8
- eight hours in high school
or the group’s original version, which lasts about four hours longer in grades 3-8 and about five hours longer in high school.