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4/11/2012 2:21:00 PM
Testing Students in Grades 3 - 8

In response to Senate Bill 801, in January 2012 the State Board of Education adopted the Best Practices Guide for Administering OAKS. This guide emphasized the appropriate use of OAKS as a summative assessment, which should be administered to students only after students have received instruction in the assessed content. In addition, the State Board adopted a restriction on retesting students in grades 3 - 8 who had already met or exceeded the achievement standards unless the district received consent from the student's parent or guardian.

Preliminary data indicates that there has been a general decline in the number of OAKS Math and Reading tests administered to students in grades 3 - 8. The table below shows the number of tests by subject administered to students in grades 3 - 8 as of March 31, 2011-12 compared to 2010-11.

Tests Administered to Students
Grades 3 - 8, as of March 31
Year Math Reading Total
2010-11 259,628 292,320 551,948
2011-12 213,544 253,486 467,030
Difference 46,084 38,834 84,918


Following the close of the 2011-12 OAKS Online test window, ODE will conduct a more in-depth analysis to identify trends in retesting students in 2011-12. At that time, ODE will release an update to the Trends in Retesting Brief currently posted to www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=3521.

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