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Testing Resources

Because the SBAC is computerized, it's important that students are proficient in keyboarding. The following sites can help your child gain proficiency in keyboarding:

SBAC Practice Tests

On October 25th, Mr. Brunson led a parent workshop for parents interested in learning how to help their child improve their SBAC test scores.

One of the things that surprised parents is how challenging the SBAC is.

The good news is that practice SBAC tests are available, and students can do practice tests at home.

1)Click here to take SBAC practice tests.

2)Click "Sign In."

3)Select your child's grade. (The SBAC is taken beginning in grade 3. If your child is in grades K through 2, but you want to see what skills your child needs in the future, select grade 3.)

4)At the top, the practice tests are PINK. These are "Smarter Balanced Practice Tests." There are 4 tests to choose from. (At the end of the year, your child will take all 4 types of test.) Select the test you want your child to practice.

5)Click the GREEN "Select" button at the bottom of the screen.

6)Click on the play button on the video.

7)Click the GREEN "I could play the video and sound."

8)Click the GREEN "Continue" button.

9)Click the GREEN "Begin Test Now" button.

Answers to the practice tests can be found here.

Tips for Parents to help your child prepare for High-Stakes Testing

  1. Prioritize attendance and homework. 
  2. Communicate with your child's teacher.
  3. Talk to your child about testing taking.
  4. Offer positive reinforcement.
  5. Support healthy habits.

How Can I Help My Child be a Better reader?

The English Language Arts (ELA) portion of the SBAC requires students to be strong readers. To help your child at home, read aloud to your child every day.

Here are some possible read-aloud titles:


  1. My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett
  2. The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams

1st GRADE:

  1. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl
  2. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba

2nd GRADE:

  1. Charlotte's Web by E.B. White
  2. The Year of the Dog by Grace Lin

3rd GRADE:

  1. The Magician's Elephant by Kate DiCamillo
  2. My Name is Truth: Life of Sojourner Truth by Ann Turner

4th & 5th GRADES:

  1. The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster
  2. We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball by Kadir Nelsom


The M.A.Z.E. is part of DIBELS, the test used to assess a student's reading proficiency. The M.A.Z.E. tests reading comprehension by using the "cloze procedure," in which the student is given a reading passage with certain words removed, and expected to select the correct word to fill in each blank. The cloze procedure requires the ability to understand context and vocabulary. To help your child improve on the M.A.Z.E. test, you can practice with cloze passages.

1st grade

2nd grade

3rd through 5th grade