Each spring, Oregon students in grades 3-8 and 11 participate in state assessments in English Language Arts, Math and Science. Oregon's State Assessment System provides equity-centered tools and resources that help inform instructional decisions from the classroom to the state level. Educators and administrators use state tests, performance assessments, and other forms of assessments to measure how well the education system is serving students and determine how best to support them moving forward.
A balanced assessment system employs a variety of measures and types of assessment to provide the most useful information to everyone involved in improving the education system - teachers, administrators, students, parents, legislators, and the public.
Formative assessment provides immediate usable feedback on student learning.
Interim (or benchmark) tests serve as “checkpoints” for longer-term student progress.
Summative tests allow a look back at the entirety of the instructional period. They provide valuable information for planning the next instructional year and beyond.
Students will take the state tests again this coming spring. While the tests cannot tell us everything about your student’s academic progress, the results do act as a snapshot of your student’s strengths and areas for improvement in those subject areas. The tests help our school district get a more complete and accurate picture of how all Siuslaw students are performing. As we assess curriculum, review instructional strategies, distribute resources and work to improve our educational system, our students’ performance overall is a big factor in planning and decision-making.
Proudly, Siuslaw School District usually has a higher participation rate on state assessments than the federal requirement of 95%, 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 may opt their children out of English and Math state assessments. Should you wish to opt your student out, please read the information carefully and then print, complete, and return the form to the main office before your student begins testing.
Annual Notice of State Testing | Notificación Anual Sobre los Exámenes Estatales
2023-24 Annual Notice for Statewide Tests - Other Languages Open Forms section and select language under the 6th bullet point
30-Day Notice for State Evaluation and Opt-Out Form | Aviso de 30 días sobre las Evaluaciones Estatales y Formulario de Exclusión
2023-24 30-Day Notice for Statewide Tests and OPt-Out Form - Other Languages Open Forms section and select language under the 7th bullet point