Dear Parents and Guardians,
In the very near future, you will be receiving information from the district regarding the Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS). We will be administering the assessments for Language Arts, Science and Math. The OSAS assessment provides critical information about your student’s academic progress and how well our curriculum is addressing the Common Core Standards that prepare students for the rigors of high school and graduation, college, careers, citizenship and other post-high school opportunities and experiences.
As educators, teachers and administrators use state tests, work samples, and other forms of assessments to measure how well our students are learning and determine how best to support them moving forward.
Each student’s performance on the OSAS assessment in literacy provides information on Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, and Research and Inquiry. With this information, we have the ability to determine:
- Which students are below grade level reading and in need of: reading intervention, writing skills development, improvements on speaking, listening, and research and inquiry.
- How many students need intervention, so we can assess our programs for adequate supports and opportunities.
- Who and how many would need accelerated courses or coursework and how many accelerated courses to provide in our master schedules for the coming year.
The math results provide information on student’s performance in Concepts and Procedures, Problem Solving, Data Analysis, and Communicating Reasoning:
- We look to the results as indicators for math level placement for each student.
- We can determine from the results which students and how many will need extra math support, and which students will need accelerated math courses or coursework.
- We can forecast the appropriate number of accelerated classes and support classes that we will need to accommodate the number of students at the various math levels.
The science results will provide information on student’s proficiency in 3D Physical Science, 3D Life Science, and 3D Earth Science.
- Students and their parents use the results to check mastery of key learning targets.
- Teachers use formative assessment practices and interim/benchmark assessments in the classroom to identify gaps in student learning and adjust instruction.
- Teachers and administrators use summative assessment results to review learning patterns annually, to determine systems-level changes that might be required from year-to-year.
The results also inform our curriculum design:
- We use the results from the OSAS assessments to inform us about how well we are teaching towards the Common Core Standards and where we can make improvements, adjustments or modifications with curriculum or provide supplemental curriculum materials.
In addition to assessing our student’s current academic levels of proficiency and our curriculum, the assessment provides students experience with the types of tasks, writing assessment and level of rigor that they will experience with the ACT and SAT assessments in the 11th grade as they prepare for college admissions.
I appreciate that parents have the opportunity to opt their students out of participation in the OSAS assessment, but I would ask that you please consider that the information from the assessment provides valuable educational information for parents, students, schools and the district to make accurate and appropriate decisions for each student and for our K-12 educational program and budget.
Superintendent Creswell School District