Assessments and Standards

Assessments and Standards

This year, school has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. In response, ODE plans to ask 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 school.
  •  If the waiver request is not approved, test windows will open on March 4, 2021.
  •  ODE will update our district regularly with news about the waiver.

If the waiver is not approved, your child will be tested once. Your child’s school will determine the specific dates your child takes the test, and we will communicate that to you.  View this message Espanol.  

If you would like more information on our district assessment practices, or the Oregon Opt -out law, please contact our District Testing Coordinator at

2020-2021 Annual Notification Statewide Tests - English
2020-2021 Annual Notification Statewide Tests - Spanish

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) refers to a shared set of increased learning expectations in English-language arts and Math developed by teachers, administrators, parents and education experts across the nation to ensure that all students graduate with the skills they need to succeed in life.  Our previous educational standards in Math and Language Arts were replaced in 2011-12 with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which are more rigorous English-language arts and math standards.

Common Core State Standards FAQs   |   Smarter Balanced Standardized Tests

Opt-Out Parental Notification and Form

Test results offer feedback about your child’s progress. The results of these tests act as a snapshot of your child’s progress and may be used along with other pieces of information to determine their strengths and areas for improvement.

Not having information on our students’ academic progress limits our ability to accurately identify where students are struggling, where they are excelling, and whether we are fulfilling our goal of narrowing achievement gaps.

Parental Rights

  • You have the right to opt your child out of state summative tests in English Language Arts and Math. (Please see below for rules associated with other state assessments.)
  • To opt-out of the tests, you must complete the 2019-20 Opt-Out form and submit it to your child’s school. The opt-out form is available at the link below.
  • Any student exempted from a state test will be provided with supervised study time while other students are testing.

By signing the opt-out form, you may lose valuable information about how well your child is progressing in English language arts and math. Opting-out may impact efforts by your school and district to equitably distribute resources and support student learning.

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