Oregon State Assessment
As winter comes to a close and spring begins, we also see the start of the Oregon State Assessment window. The Smarter Balanced Assessment is Oregon’s state assessment that is administered in all public schools junior year. The assessment measures students’ skills in the areas of reading, writing and math, all vital subjects. Two years ago we did have accurate data and as a result we are able to use our data as a foundation for school improvement efforts. All of this data is also used to assess our overall performance, and as some of you may know, we are considered one of the top high schools in the nation. We are very proud of how our kids do and it is a reflection of the Westview Community and contributes to PRIDE in our community. Please reinforce to your juniors the importance of taking this test and putting forth their best effort. Thank you!
Here are some other important points to note:
-Scores on SBA can only HELP students and not hurt them.
-These tests have been designed to help students meet Oregon High School Graduation Requirements.
-Fulfilling graduation requirements will help students avoid taking intervention classes as seniors.
-Individual scores on the SBA are in no way reflected on a student's transcript.
-Schools in the Oregon University System and Oregon Community Colleges will waive placement exams for students who meet college readiness standards via SBA.
-Our school's performance on the SBA is related to our school rating and the state penalizes schools that do not meet the 95% participation requirement.
-Tests will be on the computer and measures skills in reading, writing and math.
-Testing will be spread from March 14-June 9th, but will only require 5 to 6 total periods of testing.
Westview High School State Testing FAQs
Q: What is "Smarter Balanced", or "SBAC"?
A: SBAC stands for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium. The SBAC test is a replacement of the long-standing OAKS state test from previous years. Although the SBAC is a different kind of test than OAKS, it is fundamentally just another step in the evolution of state testing requirements that have been in place in Oregon since the 1970's. The SBAC tests measure student skills in Math and Language Arts. To view an Oregon Department of Education webpage that is full of "Communications Resources" on the SBAC test, click here.
Q: In what ways does the SBAC test impact my child's high school graduation?
A: In order to graduate from high schools in Oregon, the state requires students to "meet" certain levels of proficiency in reading, writing, and math. The SBAC test is administered primarily for this purpose. To view the different ways that students can "meet" these three content-specific requirements, click here.
Q: Who takes the SBAC test?
A: Juniors. At the high school level, the SBAC test is given to Juniors. Seniors may also re-take the SBAC test if their scores from their Junior year did not "meet" the levels required for high school graduation in reading, writing, or math.
Q: How much time does the SBAC test take?
A: 7 ½ hours. The state estimates that the Language Arts and Math sections combined will take a total of 7 ½ hours to complete; however, the recommendations also include spreading the testing over 7 separate sessions (4 sessions for Language Arts and 3 for Math). For this reason, we are planning to spread SBAC testing across 7 periods of class, as described further below. Note: Not all students will need 7 ½ hours or 7 periods of class to complete the SBAC. Students may finish testing early.
Q: When will students take the SBAC test?
A: At Westview High School, we are tentatively planning to start testing on March 14. We are planning to spread the 7 periods of testing more or less evenly across every Junior's four core subject classes according to the schedule below. This will give teachers and students the ability to anticipate and plan accordingly.
March 14-17: 2 periods of pull-out from English classes.
March 20-23: 2 periods of pull-out from Social Studies classes.
April 4-7: 2 periods of pull-out from Science classes.
April 10-11: 1 period of pull-out from Math classes.
Not all students have classes in all four core subject areas. To accommodate for these kinds of situations, students may be asked to take their SBAC tests during other low impact periods such as: study hall, late arrival, early release, teacher assistant, etc.
Q: Will my student miss any classroom instruction? (And what about AP classes?)
A: Teachers will be instructed to plan instruction around the dates listed above. That is the purpose of publicizing those dates. In other words, students should not experience any penalty (instructional or otherwise) for SBAC testing. Additionally, because of the critical nature of AP exams, no student will be pulled out of AP classes for the purposes of SBAC testing. We will find alternative dates and times.
Q: How and when will students be notified about their test dates and times?
A: We anticipate that by late January, we will deliver tentative individualized test schedules with specific pull-out dates and times to every Junior. By providing two months advance notice, we are intending to give students sufficient time to communicate with administration (Mr. Mori, Assistant Principal) any scheduling conflicts or suggestions for alternative test dates or periods. In an effort to maximize test participation, we will be flexible.
Q: What happens if my child performs poorly on the SBAC test?
A: The SBAC can only help a child (in the sense of meeting graduation requirements). SBAC scores do not appear on transcripts, nor are they sent to colleges. There is no consequence to an unsatisfactory SBAC score, other than that the student will need to continue to seek a way to meet the state's graduation requirements.
Q: Who may I contact if I have questions about the SBAC test?
A: You may contact Assistant Principal Aki Mori via email, at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have questions that are specific to your child's circumstances or status, you may want to start with his or her counselor.