Oregon's State Assessment System provides equity-centered tools and resources that help inform instructional decisions from the classroom to the state level. Educators and administrators use state tests, performance assessments, and other forms of assessments to measure how well the education system is serving students and determine how best to support them moving forward.
A balanced assessment system employs a variety of measures and types of assessment to provide the most useful information to everyone involved in improving the education system - teachers, administrators, students, parents, legislators, and the public.
- Formative assessment provides immediate usable feedback on student learning.
- Interim (or benchmark) tests serve as “checkpoints” for longer-term student progress.
- Summative tests allow a look back at the entirety of the instructional period. They provide valuable information for planning the next instructional year and beyond.