Smarter Balanced is the new state test that will be administered once a year in grades 3-8 and 11 in areas of math and English language arts. In January, you will be receiving additional information on how best to prepare your child for the test. The testing schedule is listed in ACA’s Academic Calendar. You may visit the Oregon Department of Education website for more information and view sample questions here Smarter Balanced Practice Test.
Formal State Work Samples
State work samples are required every year in the areas of math, science, writing, and speaking and are used to track yearly student growth.
By collecting formal state work samples, ACA is in compliance with Oregon City School District and State of Oregon requirements and allows for another method of demonstrating a student’s academic progress in the areas of math, science, writing, and speaking. If a high school student does not earn the required passing scores in math, reading, and writing by the 11th grade, formal state work samples are an acceptable alternative assessment for graduation requirements.
The formal state work samples are completed at school under the direction of the ES or classroom teacher. More information about work samples, scoring guides, and sample papers may be obtained through your ES.