Oregon's statewide assessment system is called the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS), and includes tests administered annually by subject matter and grade. Oregon public schools test students in English language arts and math in grades 3 through 8 and 11, and in science and social sciences in grades 5, 8, and 11. Additional assessments include an English language proficiency assessment for our English learners (ELs) and the Extended Assessment for our students with special needs. During the 2014-15 school year, we replaced our previous state tests in reading, writing, and math with the new Smarter Balanced assessments in English language arts and math. During the 2015-16 school year, we replaced our previous state test in English language proficiency with the new ELPA21 assessment that is aligned to our current state standards. In addition to state tests, schools administer local performance assessments (to fulfill the Local Performance Assessment Requirement) to give students feedback on their learning and academic progress, as well as provide opportunities for students in select grades to take national assessments like the NAEP and PSAT.
Oregon's Required Assessments
Oregon's Optional Assessments
*Requires specific student eligibility
**Selected schools only
In this section you will find recruitment notices, materials from advisory committee meetings, and various workgroups.
In this section you will find local and summative assessment resources and presentations.
In this section you will find the operational procedures, technical features and specific documents that form the basis for Oregon's Assessment system.
Understanding Student Assessment
Assessments are an integral part of education in our state. At their most basic level, assessments are the tools we use to collect the information we need to make decisions in everyday life. Health professionals use instruments like thermometers and x-rays to monitor the health of their patients. Scientists collect and analyze water samples to determine the quality of our streams and lakes. In education, teachers and administrators use state tests, work samples, and other forms of assessments to measure how well students are learning and determine how best to support them moving forward.
Quality assessments provide results that are used to inform a broad range of decisions at the classroom, district, and state levels:
- Teachers use formative and interim assessments in the classroom to identify gaps in student learning and adjust instruction;
- Students and their parents use formative, interim, and summative assessments to check mastery of key learning targets;
- State and local leaders use summative assessment results to make important policy decisions, like where and how to invest in Oregon schools and how to hold schools accountable for the outcomes of those investments.