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Course SummaryThe learning tools in this engaging practice course can help you prepare to take the Math Grade 8 Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) and get a great score. Short text and video lessons easily explain even the toughest subjects, and our quizzes help you see how well you'll do on test day.
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About The Course
This course contains lessons for every topic that may be covered in the SBA Math Grade 8 assessment. These these lessons can be used to brush up on basic and more complex mathematical concepts, including arithmetic operations, logic and mathematical reasoning, basic algebraic expressions, graphing and more. The SBA Math Grade 8 assessment is intended to test students' understanding of concepts and procedures, ability to problem solve, comprehension of data analysis and modeling as well as communicative reasoning. This course not only covers the knowledge and skills needed in order to pass the assessment, but also presents the information in a way that's specific to the SBA's four-claim approach.
About the SBA
The SBA is a summative assessment that's administered during the last 12 weeks of the U.S. public school year. The test consists of two parts: a computer adaptive test (CAT, meaning that questions will increase or decrease in difficulty according to the student's performance as the test is taking place) and performance tasks (PT) that are taken on a computer, but will not be computer adaptive. The SBA test formula is used to determine a student's ability to comprehend the objectives appropriate to their grade level. It will also measure students' progress toward college and career readiness, including the ability to retain and demonstrate the knowledge and real world-appropriate skills necessary for long-term success.
SBA Registration and Preparation
SBA is a next-generation assessment applied to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for public schools across the United States. There is no registration procedure or fee for students. All costs are covered by the school, and the assessment is administered during the regular school year.
In order to prepare for the Math Grade 8 assessment, students can use this prep course to view video lessons in all of the topic areas of the test and track their progress with the self-check quizzes that accompany each lesson. Our lessons and quizzes will help students review content and learn testing strategies in order to prepare for test day.
SBA Scoring and Score Reports
The test has an estimated total of 33-50 questions made up of a CAT portion and a PT portion. The CAT portion of the assessment, up to 34 questions total, is estimated to take approximately 2 hours. The PT portion, up to 8 questions total, is estimated to take approximately 1 hour. The in-class activity is expected to take 30 minutes at most. The total estimated testing time is 3.5 hours.
There may be 1 point, 2 point, 3 point and 4 point items as well as short-text responses worth a potential total of 2 points. In all cases, the total number of points shows full and complete comprehension of the subject and application, while 0 points administered shows merely an acquaintance or no understanding of the item. Items with a broader point range may give students the opportunity to display limited, partial or reasonable understanding of the item. Most responses are scored automatically by computer while some, including short-text responses, may be hand scored by professionals following a rubric. Scores will be available to students online, where you can see an analysis of your testing performance.
SBA 8th Grade Math Claim 1: Concepts and Procedures
Estimated number of questions: 16-20
Exam topics covered: Core principles of mathematics including proportional relationships, lines, linear equations, radicals and integer exponents, functions, congruence and similarity, the Pythagorean Theorem, rational and irrational numbers, patterns, and bivariate data
What you'll study: The chapters in this course explain how to calculate fractions, work with line segments and types of angles, and write and graph linear equations. You'll learn how to find square roots, solve radical questions, use formulas to calculate functions, construct parallel and perpendicular lines, and find symmetry and congruence in geometric shapes. You'll also find chapters dedicated to the Pythagorean Theorem, rational expressions, and working with data and graphs.
SBA 8th Grade Math Claim 2: Problem Solving
Estimated number of questions: 8-10
Exam topics covered: Applications of mathematical principles to solve problems that may arise in daily life and real-life situations by identifying important quantities and mapping their relationships using diagrams, two-way tables, graphs, flow charts, or formulas
What you'll study: Lessons explore multiple methods for working with data and graphs, including measuring statistics and probability, graphing functions and linear equations. Students are taught how to calculate and predict rates of change and relationships between variables and apply this data to real world contextual examples.
SBA 8th Grade Math Claim 3: Communicating Reasoning
Estimated number of questions: 8-10
Exam topics covered: Distinguishing correct logic or reasoning from that which is flawed (and provide an explanation for how arguments may be flawed), identifying logical assumptions being applied, determining when a logical assumption does not apply, basing arguments on concrete variables such as objects, drawings, diagrams and actions provided by the item
What you'll study: The chapters of this course will help you be able to identify statistics and calculate their figures, read and organize data, determine whether that data is quantitative or qualitative, create, interpret and make assessments of data from charts based on your informed understanding of these assumptions and their applications.
SBA 8th Grade Math Claim 4: Modeling and Data Analysis
Estimated number of questions: 8-10
Exam topics covered: The ability to identify and provide insight to models and data and to construct a chain of reason to justify provided mathematical models, the solutions proposed for a complex problem and the ability to analyze the efficiency of those models and make improvements in a way that is applicable to real-life situations if necessary
What you'll study: These lessons will assist you in identifying and calculating statistics, ordering and ranking data, determining what is quantitative versus qualitative data, creating and interpreting charts such as scatter charts, pie charts, histograms and two-way tables.
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