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Course SummaryThis course can help prepare your students for the SBA Grade 6 Mathematics assessment with lessons on basic arithmetic, algebra, geometry, and statistics. The quizzes and tests can help you gauge your students' readiness for the SBA.
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About This Course
In this series of lessons we cover all content areas expected to be tested in the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA) 6th grade mathematics assessment. Teachers and parents can have their students complete these courses to enhance and/or instruct them in the basic mathematical principles students are expected to know in the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). All lessons come with a fun, educational video containing instruction from an experienced mathematics teacher. Quizzes follow each lesson and every chapter, giving you many opportunities to assess your students' progress and readiness for the SBA while giving them practice in test-taking skills and the kinds of questions they will see during the SBA. The math topics covered in this course include:
- Number theory, mathematical reasoning, and basic arithmetic
- Fractions, percents, ratios, proportions and rates
- Graphs and charts
- Basic algebra and algebraic expressions
- Perimeter and area of 2-dimensional objects
- Surface area and volume of 3-dimensional objects
- Basic statistics
About the Exam
The SBA is a comprehensive evaluation of students' academic competence relative to the CCSS. It consists of computer adaptive testing (CAT), performance tasks (PT), and classroom activities. The CAT is a system of multiple-choice questions which respond to the student's performance in real time, giving them more difficult questions as they answer correctly. The PT is also administered on a computer, but it is not adaptive and requires students to use critical thinking, research, analysis, and reasoning skills to answer complex questions dealing with real-world experiences. An additional in-class activity may also be performed to test hands-on performance in the subject. These assessments combined are called summative assessments. The assessments are not timed, allowing educators and parents to get a complete look at the student's knowledge, not their test-taking skills.
Preparing & Registering for the SBA Grade 6 Mathematics assessment
Parents and teachers can use this preparation and practice course to augment instruction received in regular 6th grade math classes. Students can review areas where they or their teachers have recognized a need for additional practice. Teachers can assign lessons and/or assessments as homework or present the lessons during their classroom instruction. There are tools within the lessons to assign work to students, report scores to teachers, and seek help from our instructors on difficult topics (available to paid subscribers only). The practice tests will give the students' parents and teachers a good idea of the students' understanding and synthesis of core concepts, pointing them toward areas where an individual student is struggling. There will be approximately 30-35 CAT questions, 2-7 PT questions, and 1 classroom activity taking about 2 hours, 1 hour, and 30 minutes to complete, respectively. The assessment is divided into four basic categories, described in detail below.
There is no individual registration process. Schools administering the SBA will do so according to their established schedule for all students. The assessment is completed at no cost to students or families.
Scoring the SBA Grade 6 Mathematics assessment
The SBA uses a scaled scoring system that is tied to level of academic achievement and achievement levels. Usually the scores are computed by a computer, and are intended to give an indication of a student's overall competence in the subject area relative to the CCSS standards. There are four achievement levels--which might loosely be described as ranging from novice to advanced--and they should be used not as a pass/fail assessment, but rather as a reference to be taken in the context of other, non-tested considerations of the students' development. The point-values of individual questions are determined by the difficulty of the question.
SBA Grade 6 Math Claim 1: Concepts and Procedures
Estimated questions: 16-19
Exam topics covered: One-variable inequalities, ratios, dependent and independent variables, multiplication and division of fractions, common multiples and factors, rational numbers, working with multiple-digit numbers, word problems involving real-life situations, statistical variability, distribution, and basic algebra.
What you'll study: The initial chapters in this course have students work with basic arithmetic, mathematical reasoning, number theory, fractions, and ratios. Statistics and algebraic equations are covered in several chapters.
SBA Grade 6 Math Claim 2: Problem Solving
Estimated questions: 4-5
Exam topics covered: Applying math to problems of everyday life, strategic use of tools, contextual interpretation, identifying quantities in a situation and chart/graph the relationships between them.
What you'll study: Several lessons in this course explore the use of charts and graphs. The chapter on math reasoning and logic describes the tools used to analyze and interpret situations mathematically and contains a lesson on working with word problems. All lessons use real-world examples during the instruction.
SBA Grade 6 Math Claim 3: Communicating Reasoning
Estimated questions: 8-10
Exam topics covered: Testing propositions and conjectures, developing cases within arguments, refuting or justifying conjectures and propositions using reasoning, recognizing correct logic and describing logical flaws, describing logic being used, using solid referents as the foundation of arguments, determining when conditions do or do not apply to certain arguments.
What you'll study: The logic and math reasoning chapter discusses propositions, conjunctions, conditional statements, logical equivalence, and reasoning in mathematics, among other topics.
SBA Grade 6 Math Claim 4: Modeling and Data Analysis
Estimated questions: 4-6
Exam topics covered: Using mathematics to address everyday problems; using context to interpret results; creating chains of mathematical reasoning to justify models; identifying interpretations and solutions used to address complicated problems; developing, analyzing, and making improvements to models representing phenomena in the real world; describing logic and assumptions which are being used; charting, mapping, or graphing quantities to represent their relationships.
What you'll study: Chapters in this course cover writing mathematical expressions, logical interpretation and assumptions, mathematical reasoning, statistics, and charts, models, maps, and graphs.
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