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Communication Resources



Communicating about changes to Oregon's statewide testing system is an important part of keeping our families informed about and engaged in their children's education. The following resources are intended to support school and district-wide communications plans to ensure the greatest spread of information possible.

2015-16 Back to School Toolkit

  • 2015-16 Cover Letter for Individual Student Report form
  • 2015-16 Smarter Balanced Factsheet
  • 2015-16 Higher Standards Quality Instruction information
  • 2015-16 Robo Call Script Smarter Balanced Toolkit
  • 2015-16 Key Messages for Educators Smarter Balanced
  • 2015-16 Smarter Balanced FAQ for Parents
  • 2015-16 College and Career Ready Handout and FAQ for Parents
  • Sample PowerPoint for Communicating Test Scores
  • Newsletter Template: Understanding the Results Set a New Baseline
  • Sample Smarter Balanced and Higher Education Newsletter message
  • SBAC Sample newsletter on Smarter and Higher Ed Spanish
  • Key Messages about Participation
    • English MS-Word  09/01/2015 (21.54 KB)
    • Spanish MS-Word  10/06/2015 (21.45 KB)
  • Letter to Parents about Participation
    • English MS-Word  09/02/2015 (19.80 KB)
    • Spanish MS-Word  10/06/2015 (19.61 KB)
  • Smarter Balanced and Higher Education Infographic
    • English PDF  08/18/2015 (883.96 KB)
    • Spanish MS-Word  10/06/2015 (1.14 MB)


Opt-Out Form


  • 2016-17 Annual Notice- English PDFNew
  • 2016-17 Annual Notice- Spanish PDFNew


  • Related Materials for Opt-Out Form



    Handouts


    • 5 Quick Facts About Oregon's New State Tests
      • English PDF  11/24/2014 (86 KB)
      • Spanish PDF  11/25/2014 (87.38 KB)
    • Factsheet
      This factsheet provides an overview of our new state tests in English and math, called Smarter Balanced.
      • English PDF  08/11/2015 (489.30 KB)
    • Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
      This FAQ answers everyday questions regarding Smarter Balanced.
      • English PDF  03/03/2015 (52.47 KB)
      • Spanish PDF  03/03/2015 (50.61 KB)
    • Parent Notification Letter
      • English MS-Word  02/23/2015 (35 KB)
      • Spanish MS-Word  02/23/2015 (34.50 KB)
    • Cover Letter for Individual Student Report Form
    • Higher Standards Quality Instruction and Better Tests Information Sheet
      • English MS-Word  08/12/2015 (16.67 KB)


    PowerPoint Presentations


    Smarter Balanced PowerPoint presentation materials are customizable and include sample scripts.
    • Smarter Balanced Overview
      Basics of the new assessments
      • English Power Point Presentation  11/13/2014 (1.93 MB)
      • Spanish Power Point Presentation  10/21/2014 (1.94 MB)
    • Myths vs Facts
      Optional slides to add to Overview
      • English Power Point Presentation  10/01/2014 (472.94 KB)
      • Spanish Power Point Presentation  10/21/2014 (483.98 KB)
    • Sample Test Questions
      Optional slides to add to Overview
      • English Power Point Presentation  09/29/2014 (1.27 MB)
      • Spanish Power Point Presentation  10/24/2014 (1.48 MB)


    2014-15 Toolkits


    • Smarter Balanced Communications Toolkit MS-Word  03/31/2015 (970.45 KB)
      This toolkit includes resources to assist Oregon educators in communicating about our state’s Smarter Balanced assessments.


    Videos




    Infographics








    Contacts
    • Holly Carter Email    (503) 947-5739
      Assessment - Ops & Policy Analyst