Let’s Put Learning First
Ask any educator and she or he will tell you that too much valuable learning time is lost to standardized test prep. Giving our students the education they deserve requires rethinking our current system of assessment. Good education inspires students’ natural curiosity and supports their desire to learn.
Standardized Testing in Oregon
The new, unproven standardized test — the Smarter Balanced assessment — is costing Oregon taxpayers millions with no evidence that it is an effective tool for student learning. Instead of spending precious education dollars on another standardized test, we should be investing in the schools our students deserve. That means smaller class sizes and access to art, music, P.E., and other valuable programs, such as vocational training.
Teachers and parents need to be more involved in driving education policy to ensure students have high-quality learning conditions. Currently students and teachers are not being given the time, tools, resources, or support to allow them to successfully transition to the Common Core State Standards.
Oregon Educators Have a Better Way
We need to develop a system of assessment guided by those closest to the classroom — professional educators, parents, and local school officials — not one driven by corporate interests. Teachers, students, and our schools must have the resources and funding necessary to ensure a high-quality learning environment for every child in Oregon.
A package of policy proposals aimed at achieving our goals will be introduced during the upcoming legislative session. A group of educators are working closely with the Governor’s office, our Chief Education Officer, and the Oregon Department of Education to design a new system of assessment — a better way to measure and support student learning.
We'd love to hear your story. Whether you're a teacher, parent or even a student. Let us know about your experience with standardized testing.
Oregon educators, concerned parents, and involved community members are leading the way to put the focus back on teaching and learning. The information provided on this page will help you engage parents and teachers in your community. Together we can create the schools our students and children deserve.
Assessment organizing resources, including OEA's toolkit and a proposed school board resolution, can be found here.