State Assessment Information
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.” (www.oregoned.org/newpath)
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. These are some of the actions OEA has led.
- Ensured passage of HB 2655 in 2015 enshrining a families’ right to opt out of statewide tests, and created a toolkit for educators and families to assert their rights.
- Advocated for the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) in December 2015, and collaborated with the Oregon Department of Education in the creation and implementation of Oregon’s ESSA plan.
- Ended the mandatory use of Smarter Balanced Assessment scores in educator evaluations.
- Created a growing series of professional development opportunities led by OEA members to transform and improve classroom assessment practices.
- Decreased the importance of Smarter Balanced Assessment scores in school ratings.
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.
Required Assessments in Oregon
The Oregon Department of Education requires the following assessments:
- The Smarter Balanced Assessment in math and English language arts for grades 3-8 and 11.
- The OAKS Science Assessment ing grades 5, 8, and once in high school.
- The Kindergarten Readiness Assessment for incoming kindergarten students.
- The English Language Proficiency Assessment for students identified to receive English language services.
- Local performance assessments in mathematics, scientific inquiry, speaking, and writing at least once per year in grades 3-8 and high school. (Note: These should be embedded in local curriculum.)
Oregon does not require any additional statewide assessments of students. Interim assessments are district-driven and required. (Some students will partake in assessments for the purpose of determining special education needs.)
Family Opt Out Rights
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 ODE. Additionally, OEA has developed materials to help local communities organize around assessment. Download our Assessment Organizing Toolkit:
Download our Assessment Organizing Toolkit
- Toolkit Overview
- Policy Solutions
- Educator FAQs
- We Believe
- Local Organizing
- Messaging For Locals
- School Board Resolutions
Herramientas en Español
- Toolkit Overview - Español
- Policy Solutions - Español
- Educator FAQs - Español
- We Believe - Español
- Local Organizing - Español
- Messaging for Locals - Español
- School Board Resolutions - Español
Want to report district behavior that is interfering with families’ legal right to opt out? Fill out this form.
Voices from the Field -- A summary of educator and stakeholder feedback on Oregon’s assessment framework.
Educator Feedback: First Year of Smarter Balanced -- A report summarizing an OEA-led survey of educators in 2015 after the first statewide administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessments.