Assessment Information


FAQ for Parents/Guardians for Remote Summative Testing (.pdf)
Provides answers for commonly asked questions; please see item #4 to locate a diagnostic tool that will assess whether or not your child's device is prepared for online testing. 

Guide for Students/Families Taking Smarter Balanced and NGSS Remotely (.pdf)
Explains how parents and students can prepare for remote testing; please see pages 10 and 11 for a diagnostic tool that will determine whether your child's device meets testing requirements. 

Parent/Guardian and Student Agreement for Remote Summative Testing (.pdf)
Lists clear expectations for parents/guardians and students who have selected remote testing; it does not need to be returned to the student's school.

Parent/Guardian Remote Summative Testing Checklist (.pdf)
Provides a checklist of items for parents/guardians to prepare for remote testing.

All of the above links can also be found HERE (this page includes translated versions of some of the parent resources). 

South Windsor Public Schools - State Assessments

The Smarter Balanced (SBAC) assessment in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics will be administered to all students in grades 3 through 8 as part of Connecticut’s summative assessment system. In addition, the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) test will be administered to students in grades 5 and 8.

Based on State recommendations, we are encouraging all distance learners to come to school to participate in these state assessments, as applicable. Distance learners will test in a separate location, wear masks and adhere to social distancing guidelines.  

Below is the assessment schedule for the South Windsor Public Schools.  Each school will provide more specific dates and information prior to these assessment windows.  

Smarter Balanced Testing Window (ELA & Math)

  • Grades 3-5 May 4-18, 2021
  • Grades 6-8 May 11-25, 2021

NGSS Testing Date (Science)

  • Grade 5 May 20, 2021
  • Grade 8 May 27, 2021
  • Grade 11 May 20, 2021

As with any assessment, we intend for this to be a positive and productive experience for our students. We also recognize that success for students this year is defined by a broader range of criteria not captured in any standardized assessment, and appreciate students’ resilience in adapting to the challenges brought on by the pandemic.   

The CT State Department of Education provides resources for parents for the Smarter Balanced Assessment, the Connecticut SAT School Day, and the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Assessment (among others). Click on the link below to learn more:

Parent Resources for Connecticut Summative Assessments
SWPS Assessment Letter to Families - Spring 2021 Assessments
(Elementary and Middle School)

Click on the individual links below for information related to each type of assessment: