Oregon Statewide Assessment System Resources for Parents

Dear Parents/Guardians:

We are grateful for your partnership in your student's education. When we work together, we see improved academic outcomes for students. As part of our continued partnership, we want to make you aware of some of the ways we're measuring student achievement.

This spring, students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 will take part in the Oregon Statewide Assessment in English Language Arts and Math. Students in grades 5, 8, and 11 will also be assessed in science. Additional required assessments include an English language proficiency assessment for English learners (ELs) and the Oregon Extended Assessment for students with significant cognitive disabilities. The Every Student Succeeds Act, the federal law for K-12 public education, requires schools to measure progress and maintain a critical focus on educational equity and excellence for all students. We meet the requirements of ESSA through these summative assessments, which are aligned to core academic content standards and direct resources to improve the experience for all students. Additionally, this is the system of accountability that supports federal funding for our schools, contributes to school improvement and will also be tied to the newly-passed Oregon Student Success Act.

I want to thank you for supporting your student and encouraging your student to do their best during these assessments. The Oregon Department of Education has some helpful resources about the state assessment program. (Click here for Spanish). If you do not want your child to participate please fill out the opt-out form below. If you have any questions related to this assessment administration, you may contact the principal at your school or you may contact me as well.

As we continue our partnership, we’ll share the results of these assessments with you at the end of the school year to give us an opportunity to work together to ensure your student succeeds. Additionally, you can keep abreast of the Student Success Act here.

In appreciation,

Ivonne Dibblee, Ed.D

Director of Teaching and Learning