Oregon Department of Education

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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.

House Bill 2680 Work Group

2016 Assessment FAQ PDF
Assessment Infographic PDF
Assessment Infographic- Spanish PDF
2015-16 Assessment Results - District Webinar YouTube Video

2015-16 Back to School Toolkit

Please contact Jenni Knaus eMail if you need any toolkit materials in Word.

English Toolkit PDF
Sample PowerPoint for Communicating Test Scores Power Point Presentation  08/19/2015 (4.31 MB)

Spanish Toolkit PDF
Spanish: Sample PowerPoint for Communicating Test Scores Power Point Presentation  10/07/2015 (4.33 MB)

Annual Notice and Opt-Out Form

  • 2016-17 Annual Notice- English PDF
  • 2016-17 Annual Notice- Spanish PDF
  • 2016-17 30 Day Notice and Opt-Out Form- English PDF
  • 2016-17 30 Day Notice and Opt-Out Form- Spanish PDF

  • Related Materials for Opt-Out Form


    • 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.



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