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Testing and Testing Opt-Outs

Information Posted January 9, 2019
 
Dear Parent/Guardian,
 
With the 2018-19 school year well under way, I wanted to take a moment to provide some important information about this year's state tests. BHSD17C will give Smarter Balanced tests starting Monday, March 4, 2019.
 
The tests are not timed, so your child can take as long as he or she needs to fully demonstrate what he or she knows and can do. We know that an end-of-the-year test cannot possibly tell us everything about your child's academic progress. However, the results do act as a snapshot of your child's strengths and areas for improvement and can be used as a way to ensure he or she is getting the support he or she needs.
 
Additionally, the tests help BHSD17C's efforts to equitably distribute resources and support student learning. When fewer students take the test, we are left with an incomplete and inaccurate picture of how our students are performing, and this limits our ability to address issues, better serve students, and continue to improve our educational system. Below is a link to a PDF form that allows you to opt your child out of testing for the 2018-19 school year. Should you wish to opt your child out, please submit the form to your School's Main Office. You can read more about your rights to opt-out here.

In BHSD17C, we are deeply committed to ensuring each and every student in our schools has the supports he or she needs to achieve high levels and graduate prepared for his or her next steps. Our ultimate goal is to make sure that all students are set up to be successful from grade to grade and that will remain the focus of our district throughout the rest of the school year. If you have general questions or want more information about the end-of-year tests, please see the attached factsheet. I encourage you to reach out to your child's teacher(s), counselors, or building administrators. Thank you for your continued support of our school district. Please remember that only together can we ensure that Every Student Can Succeed. 
 
Sincerely,
Sean Gallagher
Brookings-Harbor School District Superintendent

 2018-19 30-Day Notice for Statewide Tests 

In 2010, Oregon adopted higher K-12 standards in English Language Arts and Math to ensure all students move from grade to grade with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. Because we raised the bar for what we expect students to know and be able to do, we have also changed the way we measure student progress through our state tests, known as Smarter Balanced.
 
How much time do the tests take?
The tests are not timed, so your child can take as long as he or she needs to fully demonstrate what he or she knows and can do. With our current exams, your child only tests once each year, unlike our previous exams which many students took multiple times. Learn more about the estimated time your child may take to complete the tests on page 36 of Oregon’s Test Administration Manual.
 
What do the results mean and where do I get my child’s results?
Test results identify your child’s strengths and areas for improvement in English Language Arts and Math. Each subject will be broken into categories and will show how well your child performed in each area. The tests measure student learning on a continuous scale. The state has set four achievement levels along this scale that generally describe where students are. Your school will share your child’s scores with you at the beginning of the next school year to help support your child’s success as he or she moves from grade to grade.
 
Why does participation matter?
While no single test can give a complete picture of your child’s progress, having your child take the statewide tests provides educators and administrators with information about what educational approaches are working and where additional resources are needed. Your child’s participation is important to ensure schools and districts receive the targeted resources they need to help all students succeed.
 
When will my child take the test?
Your child will be tested once after he or she has completed at least two-thirds of the school year. Your child’s school will determine the specific dates your child takes the tests within the statewide testing window above.
 
Description of Rights
House Bill 2655 permits parents and adult students* to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English Language Arts and Math by submitting this form to the school the student attends. The school shall provide any student who is exempted from a state test with supervised study time while other students are testing. Visit this link to learn more about House Bill 2655.
 
Information from the Oregon Department of Education