Smarter Balanced
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.

State Writing Test

The Oregon State Writing Assessment is administered to students in 11th grade.  The writing assessment is typically conducted over three 60-minute periods, but students are given additional time if needed.

Day 1:  Students are given the choice of three writing prompts.  The first day is designated for pre-writing activities such as brainstorming, outlining, word clustering, webbing, etc.  Students may also use a graphic organizer provided by the Oregon Department of Education.  Students may begin to write a rough draft if ready.

Day 2:  The second day is for writing the rough draft.  Students may bring a dictionary, word list, Franklin speller, and thesaurus as resource materials.  Students may also use a word processor.

Day 3:  The third day is for students to work on a final copy.

    • We administer the test at ACA in February of each school year.
    • Students are scored on the six writing traits—ideas and content, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, and conventions.
    • The tests are sent to independent evaluators.
    • Results are given in the spring.