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Keyboarding & Smarter Balanced

Beginning next school year (2014-2015), Shorewood students, like all students in Wisconsin, will begin taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment. This test will replace the WKCE exams in math and English for grades 3-8. (Students will take the science and social studies WKCE test for the last time during the fall of 2014, and will take the Smarter Balanced Assessment for the first time in spring 2015.)

One of the biggest differences between the WKCE and Smarter Balanced is the way it is administered: WKCE asks students to answer multiple choice questions using a paper and pencil, while Smarter Balanced will be administered online, requiring students to navigate a computer screen and type their responses. (Click here to learn more about the Smarter Balanced Assessment.)

The Smarter Balanced Assessment will be administered to students in grades 3-8 for the first time in April of 2015. The test will measure students’ knowledge of math, language arts and reading.  For additional information about the test, check out this entry on the District blog.

Because of the change to an online platform, we are encouraging all students to practice their keyboard skills at home. (Students will also receive additional keyboarding instruction in school.) There are several free resources that can be accessed online to help improve keyboard skills, including:

Additionally, the Shorewood Recreation and Community Services Department will be offering keyboard classes this summer to help students continue to improve their skills. For more information about that class, please visit or call the Recreation Department at 414-963-6913 x4. (Please note: registration for summer classes does not begin until April. All Shorewood families, those who live in the Village as well as those who live outside of Shorewood, will receive a copy of the Department’s summer bulletin in the coming weeks.)

The Smarter Balanced Assessment is aligned to the Common Core State Standards, which were adopted by the State of Wisconsin in 2010. Although the District is not formally adopting the standards, we are working to align our curriculum to them. This will allow for additional teacher flexibility while ensuring that our students are adequately prepared for the types of questions they’ll face when taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment. Click here for additional information about the Common Core.

If you have any questions about Smarter Balanced, or other curriculum matters, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Tabia Nicholas, our Executive Director of Curriculum, Instruction and Pupil Services. You can email her at or call her at 414-963-6903.

Posted by on Friday February, 21, 2014 at 08:24AM

1 Comment:

This is great news. Often, parents and students don't realize how much students need skill at keyboarding once they get into SIS. Having the free online tutorials, and the summer classes, will help kids to develop this skill early so that they aren't frustrated when they need to do a lot of typing of papers and assignments in 7th grade and afterward.

from Nancy Darrow on 02/23/14 at 09:22AM

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