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What is Smarter Balanced?

Oregon is part of a team of states working together voluntarily to develop K-12 assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics aligned to Oregon’s Common Core State Standards. These tests are called Smarter Balanced assessments.


How are Smarter Balanced tests different from our old tests?

Our new tests are aligned to more challenging standards, so they better measure what skills and knowledge our students need to be successful in the 21st Century.

Smarter Balanced questions come in many different forms, and allow students to interact with graphs and type in their own responses in addition to selecting answers from traditional multiple choice lists. Essay questions ask students to use evidence from multiple sources of texts to create their arguments and explain their reasoning.


How can I learn more about our new state tests?

Visit our drop down menu (upper right hand corner) to browse Smarter Balanced topics or go to Communication Resources to access family-friendly materials. You can also take the practice tests available on our Practice Test Site on the OAKS Portal for a firsthand look at the new test questions. Be sure to sign in as “Guest,” select a grade, and choose either an English or math test with “SB” beside it.




Contacts
  • Ken Hermens Email    (503) 947-5830
    Assessment - Specialist, English Language Arts
  • Bryan Toller Email    (503) 947-5832
    Assessment - Specialist, Mathematics

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