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State Tests Opt Out Information

State Tests Opt Out Information
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The US Department of Education and Oregon Department of Education require that all students be assessed each year to determine their level of proficiency of grade-level standards. These standardized assessments are designed to serve as one measurement of student’s individual learning and growth, but also as an indicator of our school district’s ability to meet the instructional needs of our students.   For the last two years, our students have participated in taking the Smarter Balanced Assessments in Reading and Math, and we are happy to say have performed as well or better on these assessments when compared to other local districts and students in districts across the state.

We are very proud of our students' performance on these assessments and recognize that these assessments provide us with one consistent measure to use to monitor students' progress each year on grade level standards.  As a district, our focus continues be to work to develop a local system of classroom practices and assessment tools to monitor our students’ progress, determine their educational needs, and to inform our instruction as the year progresses.  We believe that our teachers are the experts about the learning that is happening in their classrooms and will continue to be an invaluable resource for our district and for our parents when it comes to measuring student learning.   It is our hope that our students’ Smarter Balanced Assessment results each year will only confirm the learning information that our very dedicated teaching staff has already gathered for each student through classroom-based assessments, work samples, and observations.  

With the passing of HB2680, we are required to notify parents each year that our students in grades 3-8 and 11 will participate in the Smarter Balanced testing next spring.  We hope to get an accurate picture of the skills of our students as a group and encourage all of our students to participate.  We encourage you to have your student participate in the assessments this spring.  If, for some reason, you would prefer that your student not participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessments, we ask that you complete and submit the attached forms and submit then to your school office no later than February 1, 2017, the state mandated deadline for opt-out requests.

Opt-Out Form 2017-18

Spanish Opt-Out Form 2017-18