2017 Smarter Balanced Assessment Information

Each spring, Oregon students in grades 3-8 and 11 participate in state assessments in English Language Arts and Math. 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. (College and Career Ready Standards FAQ)

Students will take the state tests again this coming spring. While the tests in English Language Arts and Math 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 Creswell School District get a more complete and accurate picture of how all Creswell students are performing, as we assess curriculum, review instructional strategies, distribute resources, and continue to improve our educational system. (Assessment Infographic, English and Spanish)

Creswell School District 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. This Oregon Department of Education form (English and Spanish) and further information explains how you can opt your child(ren) out of state assessments this spring. 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 February 1st, 2017.

If you have any questions feel free to contact your student’s principal.