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State Testing 2015-16

This year, students will once again complete computerized testing that measures their progress toward state standards in reading and math. Fifth graders will also be assessed in science. Below is a brief summary of what tests your child will take, as well as the testing schedule. A complete list of frequently asked questions is available on our district website, and a fact sheet is also available from the Oregon Department of Education.

What tests will my child take?

Fifth graders will complete the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) Science Test with which many families may already be familiar. This test is typically completed in one to three 40-minute sessions. 

For reading and math, students complete assessments developed by the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium. Each subject area has two types of tests - a Computer Adaptive Test and a Performance Task.

The Computer Adaptive Test (CAT) presents students with a series of questions that are targeted to a variety of different abilities. Based on a student's response, the computer will "adapt" by asking students easier or harder questions based on their previous response. A score is determined in part by measuring what difficulty level questions they can complete successfully. These tests include between 35-45 questions and students typically complete the test in four to five 40-minute sessions.

The Performance Task (PT) presents students a real-world problem to solve, and students communicate their reasoning in solving it. The PT usually includes 3-5 questions. Students typically complete the PT in three to five 40-minute sessions.


When will my child test?
4th Grade

English Language Arts CAT      April 4-7
English Language Arts PT        April 12-15

Math CAT                                    May 9-13
Math Performance Task           May 16-20

Make Ups                                    May 23 - June 3
5th Grade

OAKS Science Test                    March 8-18

English Language Arts CAT      April 4-7
English Language Arts PT        April 12-15

Math CAT                                    May 9-13
Math Performance Task           May 16-20

Make Ups                                    May 23 - June 3
6th Grade

English Language Arts CAT      April 4-7
English Language Arts PT        April 12-15

Math CAT                                    May 9-13
Math Performance Task           May 16-20

Make Ups                                    May 23 - June 3