State Testing and Opt-Out
Dear Siuslaw School District Parents/Guardians,
Here is some important information about this school year’s state tests:
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 from high school ready for college or a career.
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 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.
Siuslaw 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 state assessments this spring. Should you wish to opt your child out, please read the information carefully and then print, complete, and return the form to the main office before your child begins testing.
If you have additional questions, please contact your child’s building principal.