What is Smarter Balanced?
In the 2014-15 school year, Oregon joined twelve other states to use the Smarter Balanced Assessment tests for their mandatory state assessments. These standardized tests assess how well students are mastering content in key subject areas aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Students in grades 3-8 and 11 take the Smarter Balanced English language arts (ELA) and math tests. The Smarter Balanced English language arts assessment measures how well students have mastered English language arts skills including reading, writing, and critical thinking. The Smarter Balanced mathematics assessment measures how well students have mastered math skills and concepts. Smarter Balanced Assessments are taken in the Spring.The Smarter Balanced Assessments are administered online for greater accuracy in scoring and greater range in the types of questions and responses that can be asked and measured.
What if I don’t want my child to participate in Smarter Balanced?
Parents who wish to opt their student(s) out of Smarter Balanced testing should complete the opt-out form below and return to the school.
2017-2018 30-Day Notification and Opt-Out Form English (*Annual Notification distributed at Fall school registration)
2017-2018 30-Day Notification and Opt-Out Form Spanish (*Annual Notification distributed at Fall school registration)