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ELA Alignment

SpringBoard ELA and the SAT Suite of Assessments: We Align

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We designed SpringBoard English Language Arts to focus on the same essential knowledge and skills that the Evidence-Based Reading and Writing sections of the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT™ 10, and PSAT™ 8/9 assess. To be sure that we succeeded in aligning SpringBoard ELA with the tests in the SAT Suite of Assessments, we conducted a research study.

The results of that study showed strong to exemplary alignment1 between each SpringBoard ELA course and the corresponding SAT Suite test. This means that SpringBoard ELA students are getting ready for the SAT, PSAT/NMSQT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 in the classroom every day. 

Study Results


SpringBoard ELA courses for grades 7, 8, and 9 align to 45 of the 48 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing content dimensions on the PSAT 8/9.

PSAT 8/9


SpringBoard ELA courses for grades 9 and 10 align to 43 of the 48 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing content dimensions on the PSAT 10 and PSAT/NMSQT.

PSAT 10 & PSAT/NMSQT


SpringBoard ELA courses for grade 11 align to 55 of the 62 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing content dimensions on the SAT.

SAT

LIMITED alignment occurs when more than one content dimension in a domain is not addressed in the SpringBoard course/assessment.

STRONG alignment occurs when all but one of the content dimensions in the domain are addressed multiple times throughout the SpringBoard course/assessment.

EXEMPLARY alignment occurs when each content dimension in a domain is addressed multiple times throughout the SpringBoard course/assessment.

An alignment is identified when any portion of the SpringBoard curriculum includes direct instruction or assessment of a content dimension from the SAT Suite of Assessments.

Note: The limited alignment to Standard English Conventions is largely a result of comparing the progressions of specific grammar and usage skills across grades to the static assessment content dimensions. In many cases a content dimension is addressed in a grade or grades before those considered in the alignment.