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4J Plans 2021 State Testing to Avoid Class Time

Scaled-back state tests scheduled outside of live instruction • Parents choose, participate or opt out 

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U.S. public schools conduct state testing each spring for students in grades 3–8 and 11. State tests measure students’ proficiency in state and district standards, and test results provide important information for students, parents, teachers, schools and districts.

State testing is different during the pandemic. Last spring, state tests were canceled, with a waiver from the federal government. For the 2020–21 school year, state tests will be reduced. The U.S. Department of Education has approved Oregon’s plan to reduce the amount of testing, but did not approve a request to waive all state testing this year.

The number of tests Oregon schools will administer this spring is reduced by nearly half, and the length of each test is significantly shortened. The Oregon Department of Education estimates that the planned tests will take on average about 1–1 ½ hours total for students in grades 3–6 and 2–2 ½ hours total for students in grades 7, 8 and 11. Individual students will complete the tests in more or less time than the average.

4J schools will conduct state testing on a Wednesday in May, outside of regular class times. To avoid taking up the limited time teachers have with students this spring, testing will not be conducted during regular synchronous (live) learning time.

Families have three options for their students in grades 3–8 and 11: Complete state tests as scheduled, complete additional tests for the other subjects normally tested at their grade level, or opt out and not complete state tests this year.

Students who participate in state testing will complete the tests on-site at school. School meals and school bus transportation will be provided.

Families are asked to respond by Friday, April 30 regarding their students in grade 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 11, so the district can plan for transportation and testing supports. (No response is needed for students in grades K, 1, 2, 9, 10 or 12, because there is no state testing for their grade.)

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A note for high school students: Oregon’s graduation requirements for essential skills in reading, writing and math—which most students meet through state tests—have been suspended for the Class of 2020, 2021 and 2022. This year’s 11th graders are exempted and do not need to complete state tests to meet graduation requirements.

 

Grade Tests given in 2021
Length shortened
Parents may opt out
Tests waived in 2021
Parents may opt in
to shortened tests
K
1
2
3 Language Arts Math
4 Math Language Arts
5 Science Math & Language Arts
6 Language Arts Math
7 Math & Language Arts
8 Math & Science Language Arts
9
10
11 Math & Language Arts Science
12

 

Tests will be provided on the following days:

State Testing Day

Tests administered for participating students 

Wednesday, May 19
Cohort A
(Mon/Tues) &
Same School Online Students
Elementary (grades 3–5): 1–4 p.m.
Middle (grades 6–8): 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
High (grade 11): 1–4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 26
Cohort B (Thu/Fri) &
Same School Online Students
Elementary (grades 3–5): 1–4 p.m.
Middle (grades 6–8): 9 a.m.–12 p.m.
High (grade 11): 1–4 p.m.

Makeup Day

Second day for students who missed the testing day or need more time
Testing day for participating Eugene Online Academy students 

Wednesday, June 9
Middle & High School
Times TBD
Friday, June 11 (scheduled no-school day)
Elementary School
Times TBD

 

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State Testing Information

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