2018 - 19 30 Day Notice for Statewide Testing

30 Day Notice
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How much time do the tests take?
The tests are not timed, so your child can take as long as he or she needs to fully demonstrate what he or she knows and can do. With our current exams, your child only tests once each year, unlike our previous exams which many students took multiple times. Learn more about the estimated time your child may take to complete the tests on page 36 of Oregon’s Test Administration Manual: https://tinyurl.com/TestAdmManual
What do the results mean and where do I get my child’s results?
Test results identify your child’s strengths and areas for improvement in English Language Arts and Math. Each subject will be broken into categories and will show how well your child performed in each area. The tests measure student learning on a continuous scale. The state has set four achievement levels along this scale that generally describe where students are. Your school will share your child’s scores with you at the beginning of the next school year to help support your child’s success as he or she moves from grade to grade.
Why does participation matter?
While no single test can give a complete picture of your child’s progress, having your child take the statewide tests provides educators and administrators with information about what educational approaches are working and where additional resources are needed. Your child’s participation is important to ensure schools and districts receive the targeted resources they need to help all students succeed.
When will my child take the test?
Your child will be tested once after he or she has completed at least two-thirds of the school year. Your child’s school will determine the specific dates your child takes the tests within the statewide testing window above.
STATEWIDE TESTING WINDOWS
Smarter Balanced English Language Arts & Math Tests
January 8 – June 7, 2019
Oregon Extended Assessments for English Language Arts & Math
February 14 – April 25, 2019
OREGON’S STATE TESTS:
oChallenge your child to think critically and apply his or her knowledge to real-world problems
oGo beyond multiple choice and ask your child to explain his or her answers
oAct as a snapshot of your child’s progress and may be considered along with other pieces of information to determine your child’s academic success
oHelp identify schools and districts that need additional supports to ensure more students are meeting higher standards
ALL STUDENTS GRADUATE PREPARED
In 2010, Oregon adopted higher K-12 standards in English Language Arts and Math to ensure all students move from grade to grade with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. Because we raised the bar for what we expect students to know and be able to do, we have also changed the way we measure student progress through our state tests, known as Smarter Balanced.
STAY INFORMED
Talk to your child’s teacher or school principal if you have questions or want to learn more.
Resources
To learn more about what your child should know and be able to do in English Language Arts & Math: http://tinyurl.com/ELARoadmap & http://tinyurl.com/MathRoadmap
To view sample test questions: http://tinyurl.com/ORPracticeTests
To read more about your child’s test results: http://tinyurl.com/ORTestResults
2018-19 Opt-Out Form
To opt-out of state tests, fill out a form at the school or district office by January 1, 2019..
DESCRIPTION OF RIGHTS
House Bill 2655 permits parents and adult students* to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting this form to the school the student attends. The school shall provide any student who is exempted from a state test with supervised study time while other students are testing. Visit this link to learn more about House Bill 2655: http://tinyurl.com/OR-HB2655.
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