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State Testing

Dear Parent/Guardian,


We wanted to take a moment to provide some vital information about this year's state tests. City View will give Smarter Balanced tests.


The tests are not timed, so your child can take as long as he or she needs to demonstrate what he or she knows and can do fully. We know that an end-of-the-year test cannot possibly tell us everything about your child's academic progress. However, the results act as a snapshot of your child's strengths and areas for improvement and can be used to ensure he or she gets the support he or she needs.


Additionally, the tests help City View's efforts to distribute resources equitably and support student learning. When fewer students take the test, we are left with an incomplete and inaccurate picture of our student's performance. This limits our ability to address issues, better serve students, and continue to improve our educational system. There are links 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.

At City View, we are deeply committed to ensuring every student in our schools has the support 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. Please see the attached factsheet if you have general questions or want more information about the end-of-year tests. I encourage you to contact 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. 



2023-2024 30-Day Notice for Statewide Tests 

In 2010, Oregon adopted higher K-12 English Language Arts and Math standards 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 how 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 demonstrate what he or she knows and can do fully. Your child only tests once yearly with our current exams, unlike our previous ones, 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 English Language Arts and Math improvement. Each subject will be broken into categories, showing 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 essential to ensure schools and districts receive the targeted resources to help all students succeed.

When will my child take the test?
Your child will be tested once after completing at least two-thirds of the school year. Your child’s school will determine the 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 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