Under the Student Assessment Bill of Rights, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and
Oregon’s school districts must provide families with a “Notice of Statewide Tests and Opt-out
Form” 30 days before the start of statewide testing.
This year, school has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other
factors. In response, ODE asked the United States Department of Education for a temporary
pause (also known as a “waiver”) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math testing. A pause is
also being requested for science testing, but science testing is not subject to this opt-out rule.
• If this waiver request is approved, then statewide ELA and Math testing will not happen
this year, and there will be no need for parents to submit opt-out forms to their child’s
• If the waiver request is not approved, test windows will open on April 13, 2021.
ODE will update your district regularly with news about the waiver.
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 by April 13, 2021.
2020-2021 30-Day Notification and Opt-Out Form English (*Annual Notification distributed at Fall school registration)
2020-2021 30-Day Notification and Opt-Out Form Spanish (*Annual Notification distributed at Fall school registration)