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Summative academic assessments are required in Oregon public schools. These tests serve as independent, objective measures of how students are doing. Clear, understandable test scores help teachers and parents work together to adjust their approach and better meet student needs. These assessments also provide data that helps determine, for example, what’s working in special education, or whether race- or income-based achievement gaps exist or continue to persist. The assessments also help empower families by providing them with a clear indication of how well their children are progressing toward mastering the academic knowledge and skills necessary for college and career readiness.
In Oregon public schools, required academic assessments are administered in math, English/language arts (ELA) and science. In addition, English language learners are also administered the ELPA21 assessment, which measures student English language proficiency. Kindergarten students are administered the Kindergarten Assessment at the beginning of the school year. This assessment measures early literacy, early math and approaches to learning. The information provides a snapshot for communities and schools on the fluency, numeracy, and approaches to learning skills that students have when they enter kindergarten.
The math and ELA assessments are called Smarter Balanced Assessments and are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for Math and English/Language Arts. They are administered through a computerized testing system developed by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The SBAC assessments are administered to students in grades 3 - 8 and grade 11. The science assessment is administered to students in grades 5, 8 and 11.
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