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ASSESSMENT - Student Testing in Oregon
Welcome to the Assessment Unit
At the Oregon Department of Education, the assessment team works together to provide high quality measurement tools and testing support for Oregon schools. In the spirit of achieving a well-balanced system of statewide and local assessments, our unit regularly collaborates with Oregon teachers, test coordinators, and partner organizations to build educator assessment literacy and empower schools to use local performance assessments to measure student progress and improve student learning.
Tests come in ALL shapes and sizes
learning) are processes applied during teaching and include tools a teacher may use to collect information about a student to help guide and improve that student's learning, such as observation, homework, and quizzes.
INTERIM OR BENCHMARK ASSESSMENTS
are given at set intervals throughout the school year and are used to identify gaps in student learning, evaluate programs, and predict success on summative tests.
learning) are given at the end of instruction to gather and report evidence of what was learned, evaluate student performance against specific content standards, and assign grades. These tests are designed to provide information regarding the level of student, school, or program success at an end point in time, and include end-of-unit and end-of-year state tests.
Understanding Student Assessment in Oregon
Assessments are an integral part of education in our state. At their most basic level, assessments are the tools we use to collect the information we need to make decisions in everyday life. Health professionals use instruments like thermometers and x-rays to monitor the health of their patients. Scientists collect and analyze water samples to determine the quality of our streams and lakes. In education, teachers and administrators use state tests, work samples, and other forms of assessments to measure how well students are learning and determine how best to support them moving forward.
Quality assessments provide results that are used to inform a broad range of decisions at the classroom, district, and state levels:
Teachers use formative and interim assessments in the classroom to identify gaps in student learning and adjust instruction;
Students and their parents use formative, interim, and summative assessments to check mastery of key learning targets;
State and local leaders use summative assessment results to make important policy decisions, like where and how to invest in Oregon schools and how to hold schools accountable for the outcomes of those investments.
Oregon's Statewide Assessment System
Oregon's statewide assessment system is called the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS), and includes tests administered annually by subject matter and grade.
Oregon public schools test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science and social sciences in grades 5, 8, and 11. Additional assessments include the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) for our English learners (Els) and the Extended Assessment for our students with special needs. For the 2014-15 school year, we replaced our previous state tests in reading, writing, and math with the new Smarter Balanced assessments in English language arts and math. We also field tested ELPA21, a new assessment for our English language learners that is aligned to our current state standards. In addition to state tests, schools administer local performance assessments to give students feedback on their learning and academic progress, as well as provide opportunities for students in select grades to take nationally-normed assessments like the NAEP and PSAT.
Click on an assessment option below to learn more about each test. Click the graphic for a visual representation of our 2014-15 Statewide Assessment System.
State and Local Assessments
The following assessments are administered statewide in Oregon:
Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS)
Smarter Balanced Assessment
OAKS Extended (Alternate) Assessment
English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA)
Local Performance Assessment
National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Preliminary SAT (PSAT)
Graduation in Oregon
The following Essential Skills, or cross-disciplinary skills necessary for success in college and career, are a part of the Oregon Diploma:
Read and comprehend a variety of text
Write clearly and accurately
Apply mathematics in a variety of settings
Students may use a variety of assessment options to demonstrate mastery of these Essential Skills and complete graduation requirements. Click
to learn more.
Communication Resources for Parents and Educators
At ODE, we are committed to informing parents and students about important changes to Oregon's statewide testing system. Click each button for resources specific to one of our tests.
Two key networks of professionals help the Oregon Department of Education make Oregon’s assessment efforts a success: District Test Coordinators (DTCs) and regional Education Service District (ESD) Assessment Support Partners. District Test Coordinators play a key role in administering assessments, coordinating test administration, reporting test results to the Oregon Department of Education, and tracking student progress. Regional ESD Assessment Support Partners support school and district personnel by staffing help desks and providing direct services as needed.
To help keep everyone current with developments in the assessment system, ODE publishes the
Assessment and Accountability Update
every Thursday. These brief newsletters are delivered to all DTCs and to others by subscription. Please see below for additional assessment resources for school/district personnel.
Communication Resources for Educators and Test Administrators
ASSESSMENT & ACCOUNTABILITY UPDATE
Instruction, Standards, Assessment, and Accountability - 2 - Assistant Superintendent
Assessment - Director - Assessment
Assessment - Manager, Test Design & Implementation
Assessment - Manager, Psychometrics & Validity
Assessment - Ops & Policy Analyst
Assessment - Operations Policy Analyst
Assessment - Specialist, English Language Arts
Assessment - Specialist, Mathematics
Assessment - Specialist, Science & Social Sciences
Assessment - Education Program Specialist
Bradley J. Lenhardt
Education Programs & Assessment - Alternate Assessment Specialist
Assessment - Public Affairs Specialist
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