Oregon State Assessment Opt Outs

Dear Parents and Guardians;
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.
Smarter Balanced is a set of summative assessments in English Language Arts and Math. The assessments are in a format that asks students to explain their reasoning and write out their answers. The assessments are not timed so each student can take as long as he or she needs to fully demonstrate what he or she knows and can do.  The measures include complex, real-world skills such as critical-thinking, writing, and problem solving so that your child can successfully transition from grade to grade and be prepared for his or her next steps after high school.
We know that an end-of-the-year assessment cannot possibly tell us everything about a child’s academic progress. However, the results do act as a snapshot of each child’s strengths and areas for improvement and can be used as a way to ensure he or she is getting the supports he or she needs. Additionally, the assessments help Ashland School District’s efforts to equitably distribute resources and support student learning. When fewer students take the assessment, we are left with an incomplete and inaccurate picture of how our students are performing, and this limits our ability to address issues, better serve students, and continue to improve our educational system.
House Bill 2655 permits parents and adult students to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide assessments by submitting an annual form to the school the student attends. If you are considering opting out, please print the Parent Opt-Out Form below and bring it to your school’s principal.  Discuss opting out with your child’s building principal so you can make an informed decision.
Completed forms should be initialed by a building administrator and returned to Student Services at 885 Siskiyou Blvd.  More information on parent rights is located on the District website and here: Http://tinyurl.com/OR-HB2655
2017-2018 Smarter Balanced Statewide Assessment Windows
Smarter Balanced English Language Arts & Math Assessments
February 6 – June 8, 2018
Additional State Assessment windows for Kindergarten, ELPA and Extended Assessments are located here: State Level Assessment Windows Link 20171120
Specific assessment windows by site:
Middle School 6th LA—April 30th- May 4th
6th Math—May 21st-24th
7/8 LA—April 9th-24th
7/8 Math—May 11th-18th
8th Science—May 1st & 2nd, May 29th & 30th
Helman March 12 – June 8 for 3rd-5th, all subject areas.  Teacher’s send specific dates to their parents.
John Muir CALL SCHOOL    

If you want additional information, there are several links of interest below this email.  We encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher(s) with any questions you may have about your student’s progress.


Samuel J. Bogdanove
Director of Student Services

Parent Opt-Out Form - English
SmarterBalanced InfoGraphic
Patty Michiels
Director of Curriculum and Instruction

Parent Opt-Out Form - Spanish
SmarterBalanced InfoGraphic - Spanish

Oregon Kindergarten Assessment  Info
SmarterBalanced FAQ

Information on opting out of other state assessments is available through District Student Services at 885 Siskiyou Boulevard in Ashland. Other state assessments include OAKS Science, OAKS Social Science, ELPA and Kindergarten assessments. OAKS Science, Social Science and ELPA Form    Kindergarten Assessment Form

Additional information about these assessments can be found here

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