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4/16/2015 12:54:00 PM
Postsecondary Smarter Balanced Placement Agreements

In support of our state’s implementation of high academic standards and corresponding assessments, Oregon community colleges and universities recently adopted preliminary statewide agreements uniting Smarter Balanced test scores with placement in higher education. Now, the grade 11 Smarter Balanced assessment is a means for students to demonstrate their content readiness for entry-level college courses in mathematics and writing.

For at least the next two years, Oregon’s 17 community colleges and 7 universities may choose to waive additional placement testing for entering students if they score a 3 or higher on Smarter Balanced tests and meet requirements for continued academic rigor during grade 12. Access The Higher Education Coordinating Commission’s (HECC) newsletter article for more detailed information specific to Smarter Balanced placement agreements in Oregon community colleges and universities.

Oregon is one of six “early adopter” states moving forward with Smarter Balanced placement agreements. Visit SBAC’s website to learn more about higher education involvement in Smarter Balanced test development and policy. A recent Education Week article on these agreements in early adopter states is also available here.

For more information, please see contacts below:

Endi Hartigan, Communications and Policy Specialist, HECC, endi.hartigan@state.or.us eMail

State contacts:
Lisa Reynolds, Smarter Balanced higher ed lead for Oregon, Community College Education Specialist, CCWD,lisa.reynolds@state.or.us eMail
Lisa Mentz, Core to College Alignment Director, CCWD, lisa.mentz@state.or.us eMail.

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