Student Assessment & Opt-Out Rights

Quality assessment information should be used to guide instruction in classrooms. Assessment information helps students and teachers know where they are in their learning, where they need to go, and help them achieve that learning goal. OEA and partners put forth a vision of a quality, balanced system of assessment in July 2015 with the publication of “A New Path for Oregon: System of Assessment to Support Student Learning.”

This paper has since been the north star for OEA’s work on assessment. OEA has taken the lead on several major initiatives to create a more balanced system and decrease the impact of Oregon’s current summative test, the Smarter Balanced Assessment. OEA continues to advocate at the state and local policy level to increase family opt out rights and minimize the use of Smarter Balanced Assessment results to make high-stakes decisions.


Oregon families have the right to opt students out of taking the Smarter Balanced Assessment in math and English language arts.

Families can access the current information about opt out from the Oregon Department of Education. Additionally, OEA has developed materials to help local communities organize around assessment.

Download our Assessment Organizing Toolkit: