State Testing Approaches
Here is some important information about this school year’s state tests.
Each spring, Oregon students in grades 3-8 and 11 participate in state assessments in English Language Arts (ELA), Math, and Science. Rather than multiple-choice questions, today’s tests ask students to explain their reasoning and, often, write out their answers. The new assessments measure more complex skills such as critical-thinking, writing, and problem solving so that schools and parents can assess whether children are on-track to graduate high school ready for college or a career.
Students will take the state tests again this coming spring. While the tests cannot tell us everything about your child’s academic progress, the results do act as a snapshot of your child’s strengths and areas for improvement in those subject areas. The tests help Bethel School District get a more complete and accurate picture of how all Bethel students are performing, as we assess curriculum, review instructional strategies, distribute resources, and continue to improve our educational system.
Bethel has always had a high participation rate on state assessments as both parents and staff have found value in this “point-in-time” check on the progress of our students and our educational system. However, parents in Oregon have the option to opt their children out of the state assessments. Here is the ELA and Math form and further information (PDF) that explains how you can opt your child(ren) out of state assessments this spring. Here is the Science, and English Language Proficiency Assessment form and further information (PDF). Should you wish to opt your child out, please read the information carefully then print, complete, and return the form to our school’s main office by January 6th, 2020.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me.