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About the Oregon Smarter Balanced & OAKS

What is the Oregon Smarter Balanced & OAKS?

The Oregon Smarter Balanced assessment testing is a comprehensive program designed to provide information about what students know in core academic areas. It is currently used for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics. This replaces the OAKS testing, however, OAKS is still used for Science and Social Sciences.

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State Testing Information for Oregon

Portions of the following material were taken from the Department of Education website. Please consult your state''s education website for further information on the actual tests administered for your school.

What is Smarter Balanced?
Oregon is part of a team of states working together voluntarily to develop K-12 assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics aligned to Oregon’s Common Core State Standards. These tests are called Smarter Balanced assessments. Delivered online, these tests include questions that adapt to each individual’s performance and feature new “Performance Tasks” that mimic real world application of students’ knowledge and skills.

How are Smarter Balanced tests different from our old tests?
Our students deserve better tests, ones that measure high-level skills rather than the ability to memorize facts or deduce answers from lists. More importantly, our students deserve tests that give them the opportunity to show what they know and can do. Smarter Balanced tests go above and beyond filling in multiple choice bubbles and actually showcase students’ thoughts and explanations for how they solve problems. Here’s how:

  • Aligned to more challenging standards, Smarter Balanced tests better measure what skills and knowledge our students need to be successful in the 21st Century.
  • Test questions come in many different forms, and allow students to interact with graphs and type in their own responses in addition to selecting answers from traditional multiple choice lists. Essay questions ask students to use evidence from multiple sources of texts to create their arguments and explain their reasoning.
  • Developed with experts to include tools and supports that address visual, auditory, and physical access barriers, Smarter Balanced tests are designed to meet the needs of all students

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