Assessments and Standards

Assessments and Standards

Under the Student Assessment Bill of Rights, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon’s school districts must provide families with a “Notice of Statewide Tests and Opt-out Form” 30 days before the start of statewide testing.
This year, school has been significantly disrupted by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and other factors. In response, ODE plans to ask the United States Department of Education for a temporary pause (also known as a “waiver”) in English Language Arts (ELA) and Math testing. A pause is also being requested for science testing, but science testing is not subject to this opt-out rule.

  • If this waiver request is approved, then statewide ELA and Math testing will not happen this year, and there will be no need for parents to submit opt-out forms to their child’s school.
  •  If the waiver request is not approved, test windows will open on April 13, 2021. To best support school district planning, you are encouraged to submit the opt-out form to your child’s school by April 6, 2021

We will share any updates we have with you as soon as we have them. At that time we will explain how to turn in the Opt-out form for your child, should you decide to do so.

English Opt-out Information and Form

Spanish Opt-out Information and Form


Según la Declaración de Derechos de Evaluación de Estudiantes, el Departamento de Educación de Oregón (ODE, por sus siglas en inglés) y los distritos escolares de Oregón deben proporcionar a las familias con un “Aviso de Exámenes Estatales y el Formulario de Exclusión” 30 días antes del inicio de los exámenes estatales. 

Este año, la escuela se ha visto significativamente afectada por la pandemia de COVID-19 actual y otros factores.  En respuesta, ODE planea solicitar al Departamento de Educación de los Estados Unidos una pausa temporal (también conocida como “exención”) en los exámenes de Artes de Lenguaje en Inglés (ELA, por sus siglas en inglés) y Matemáticas.  También se está solicitando una pausa para los exámenes de ciencias, pero los exámenes de ciencias no están sujetos a esta regla de exclusión. 

·         Si se aprueba la solicitud de la exención, entonces los exámenes estatales de ELA y Matemáticas no se realizarán este año,  y no será necesario que los padres presenten el formulario de exclusión a la escuela de su hijo/a.

·         Si no se aprueba la solicitud de la exención, el período de exámenes se abrirá el 13 de abril de 2021.

ODE actualizará a su distrito de forma regular con las noticias sobre la exención.  

Compartiremos las actualizaciones sobre este tema con Uds. tan pronto como las tengamos. En ese momento, le explicaremos cómo entregar el formulario de exclusión voluntaria para su hijo, en caso de que así Ud. lo decida.

ODE will update our district regularly with news about the waiver. Until then, we are still required to provide parents with the Annual 30-day Notice to Opt-out of state testing in ELA and Math.  View this message Espanol or see below.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS) refers to a shared set of increased learning expectations in English-language arts and Math developed by teachers, administrators, parents and education experts across the nation to ensure that all students graduate with the skills they need to succeed in life.  Our previous educational standards in Math and Language Arts were replaced in 2011-12 with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), which are more rigorous English-language arts and math standards.

Common Core State Standards FAQs   |   Smarter Balanced Standardized Tests

Parental Rights

You have the right to opt your child out of state summative tests in English Language Arts and Math. (Please see below for rules associated with other state assessments.)

To opt-out of the tests, you must complete the 2020-2021 Opt-Out form and submit it to your child’s school. The opt-out form is available at the link below.

Any student exempted from a state test will be provided with supervised study time while other students are testing.

Annual Notification:  Please click on the Annual Notification from ODE regarding participation. 
2020-2021 Annual Notification Statewide Tests - English
2020-2021 Annual Notification Statewide Tests - Spanish


Opt-Out Parental Notification and Form

Test results offer feedback about your child’s progress. The results of these tests act as a snapshot of your child’s progress and may be used along with other pieces of information to determine their strengths and areas for improvement.

Not having information on our students’ academic progress limits our ability to accurately identify where students are struggling, where they are excelling, and whether we are fulfilling our goal of narrowing achievement gaps.

By signing the opt-out form, you may lose valuable information about how well your child is progressing in English language arts and math. Opting-out may impact efforts by your school and district to equitably distribute resources and support student learning.

 If you would like more information on our district assessment practices, or the Oregon Opt -out law, please contact our District Testing Coordinator at cherie.stroud@nmarion.k12.or.us

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