Statewide Testing Information
2020-2021 Important UPDATE: Under the Student Assessment Bill of Rights, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon’s school districts must provide families with a “Notice of Statewide Tests and Opt-out Form” 30 days before the start of statewide testing. Aviso y formulario de exclusión en español. This year, school has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. In response, ODE asked 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 April 13, 2021. ODE will update your district regularly with news about the waiver.
PDF of ODE letter, Comunicación en Español
In Oregon, students take annual assessments in the areas of English Language Arts and Math from 3rd grade through 8th grade and in their Junior year of high school. Students in 5th grade, 8th grade, and their Junior year also take a Science assessment. Students who are learning English as their second language take the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA). The state tests are designed to give an overall indication of student achievement and progression on the expected learning at each grade level. The school-level results are reported publicly and form the basis of the school ratings and report cards.
To learn more about the assessments your student will take, please see the following documents provided by the Oregon Department of Education: