Opt-in for State Testing 2021

April 20, 2021

Dear Families,

With the 2020-21 school year well under-way, we wanted to take a moment to provide some important information about this year’s state assessments. As you may have seen in the news, Oregon was denied a waiver request from the U.S. Department of Education for state assessments for the 2020-2021 school year and will instead require modified assessments at the 3-8th and 11th grade levels.

The Oregon math, science, or language arts state assessments are administered in a secure format that requires your child to be on campus to take the assessment. We realize that many families have selected either the Edmentum or CDL option for their child’s learning and coming onto campus may not be possible. Although LCSD will be providing Oregon math, science, and language arts assessment, we do not feel it is an adequate or equitable use of instructional time based on the educational models used throughout the school year. Your child(ren) will be required to opt-in and come to their school’s campus or leave their regular instruction time to complete the assessment as scheduled by their school between May 24th-28th, 2021. If they do not opt-in, all students will continue the statewide assessments in the 2021-22 school year. For those not opting-in to take state assessments, instruction and  learning opportunities will continue while other students are assessed.

Included with this letter is a form that allows you to opt your child in for testing for the 2020-2021 school year. You may also follow this link to opt-in electronically. Should you wish to opt your child in, please return the form to the school’s main office or complete the electronic form through the link so that your child is scheduled for the test.

In the Lincoln County School District, we are deeply committed to ensuring each and every student in our schools has the support they need to achieve at high levels and graduate prepared for his or her next steps. Our ultimate goal is to make sure that all students are set up to be successful from grade to grade and that will remain the focus of our district throughout the rest of the school year, regardless if a child is able to take this year’s required state assessment.

If you have general questions or want more information about the end-of-year tests, please see the attached factsheet. I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher(s) with any questions you may have about your student’s progress.

Sincerely,

Rebecca Bahr
Education Supervisor

Opt-in Form (PDF)

Opt-in Form (Online)


State Test Fact Sheet

Dear Parent or Guardian:

This has been a year like no other. Thank you for working with us to ensure a strong finish to the 2020-21 school year. We appreciate your support and patience. As the end of the school year approaches, we wanted to inform you about end-of-year testing.

What tests will my child take in 2020-21?

Students will take fewer tests in 2020-21 than in previous years. Those tests will also be shorter. To find out which tests your child will take, see the table below. (The table applies to Oregon’s general and alternate assessments.)

Grade Level Required Tests Optional Tests
3 English Language Arts (ELA) Mathematics
4 Mathematics ELA
5 Science ELA & Mathematics
6 ELA Mathematics
7 ELA & Mathematics None
8 Mathematics & Science ELA
11 ELA & Mathematics Science

“Required tests” will be available on site. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is not supporting remote test administration. If your child is learning at home, your school will contact you about testing.

You may ask for your child to participate in “optional tests”. To ask for an optional test, contact your school. Optional tests are taken on site, just like required tests.

If your child is eligible for the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA), your school will contact you with more information.

Why is testing different in 2020-21?

Oregon’s leaders understand that factors like the COVID pandemic have made a big impact on the state, so ODE shortened the tests and reduced the number of tests students need to take.

How do I ask for my child to take more/fewer tests?

To ask for your child to participate in all available state tests, please contact your school in addition to completing the Opt-in form attached in this letter, or by using this Google Form.

Where can I learn more about testing?

ODE developed a series of video modules that answer the following questions, available in both Spanish and English:

  • How does ODE make sure that our statewide summative assessments are fair and accessible?
  • What assessments does my child take and what are the purposes for each?
  • How did my child do on the state assessments?
  • How can I support learning at home?
  • Where do I go if I have questions about assessment?