Smarter Balanced TestEvery year, students in grades 3-8 and 11 complete state tests. These assessments provide useful information for students, parents and schools, but are only one measure of students' academic success.Testing has changed:The new Smarter Balanced assessments replaced the previous OAKS state tests of math, reading and writing. The new tests are different from Oregon's previous tests in several ways.
- Students are challenged to think critically and analytically, and apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems. These are not the multiple-choice tests students experienced in the past.
- The questions are interactive and go deeper, allowing students to explain their answers, engage with texts, and build equations.
State testing:Students in grades 3-8 and 11 take the Smarter Balanced tests (or Oregon Extended Assessment, for certain students with disabilities) in the spring. Most students participate in state testing, but parents have the right to opt out if they choose. An information notice about state testing and out-out request form were mailed to current students' families as well as available online below. To ensure enough time to arrange for alternative activities the district requests forms be submitted no later than 10 days prior to the scheduled test date.Frequently Asked Questions:How was the test developed?
- The tests match the content and skill standards Oregon has adopted to better prepare students for college and careers. They measure the skills and information your child has been learning in class.
Smarter Balanced is a performance-based test that asks students to show how they are able to use all of the information and skills they've developed during that year to solve problems. OAKS was a multiple-choice test that focused on choosing the correct facts, not problem-solving and critical thinking.
The Smarter Balanced questions will allow students to explain their answers, interact with texts and build equations. The test is administered online (as were previous tests), and is adaptive – the difficulty of future questions is based on the student’s previous answers.
Click here to see a sample question. Click here to take a practice test (log in as guest, select grade).
If your student took state tests in a Springfield school last spring, the results have been mailed to you to provide information about your student's learning progress. Standardized test results provide a useful "temperature check" on how students and schools are performing toward the learning standards and where extra attention is needed.The State of Oregon produces a report card for each public school and school district each year. The report cards include information on student test scores, school staff, attendance and other factors. School report cards can be found online here.