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Smarter balanced Testing at Aloha High School

As you know, Oregon recently adopted tougher national standards called the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) to raise the bar for our students.  With the Common Core State Standards, Oregon students are now gaining important critical-thinking, problem solving, and effective communication skills.

To accurately measure our students' learning as well as help our educators pinpoint areas in need of improvement, Oregon is implementing new tests aligned to our new standards, called Smarter Balanced assessments.  These tests provide an academic check-up and are designed to help teachers and parents know whether students are on track to be college- and career-ready by the time they graduate. 

Beginning this spring, Smarter Balanced assessments will replace existing tests in English and math. They offer significant improvements over our previous state tests, including writing at every grade, new question types, and Performance Tasks that ask students to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world problems.  Unlike our previous, multiple-choice-only tests, our new assessments include question formats that allow students to demonstrate a broader set of skills, like critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical writing.  We now have tests that allow students to go beyond just regurgitating facts to show what they know and can do. 

To learn more about Common Core and Smarter Balanced, please see the Common Core State Standards page of the Beaverton School District website at