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The Oregon Statewide Assessment System has three components: summative assessments, designed for accountability purposes; interim assessments, designed to support teaching and learning throughout the year; and formative assessment practices, designed to support classroom-based formative assessment processes. The
Oregon Balanced Assessment Graphic (PDF) displays the relationship between these components, the
Oregon State Standards, and college and career readiness.
Click the image to watch a video on how Oregon’s interim assessments help the North Santiam School District meet the needs of all learners.
This short video explores and explains different components of the ELA and Mathematics Interim Assessment System. In this video, you will learn about the three types of interim assessments, the different ways interims can be used to inform instruction, how to determine which interim to give, and about Tools for Teacher (Smarter Balanced Connections Playlist) associated with interim assessments and how they can be used to support students, plan instruction, and take action.
This document describes the interim assessments, including their purpose, use, and varieties. For each grade and subject, this document provides a list of all interim assessments available for the 2020-21 school year.
This document provides a side-by-side comparison of training tests, practice tests, and interim assessments to help teachers decide which tool best fits their needs.
This document describes how test administrators (TAs) can remotely administer the interim assessment and how students may accessand participate in an interim assessment.
Interim assessments allow teachers to check students’ progress at mastering specific concepts at strategic points throughout the year. Teachers can use this information to support their instruction and help students meet the challenge of college- and career-ready standards.
Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) that test the same content and report scores on the same scale as the summative assessments.
Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) that focus on smaller sets of related concepts and provide more detailed information for instructional purposes.
Focused IABs that assess no more than three assessment targets to provide educators with a finer grained understanding of student learning.
Oregon Statewide Summative Assessment: Interim Assessment Series
The Oregon Department of Education has developed an Oregon Statewide Assessment System professional development series to further support district efforts in building a balanced assessment system and their efforts in the implementation of the Oregon Statewide Assessment System: Interim Assessment System. This series includes six separate sessions with breakout sessions specific to English language arts, mathematics, and science.
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