District Students Get Ready For New State Test

Like other students in the District, the kids at Robert Frost School have been practicing for the new state test using an assessment called Smarter Balanced. Smarter Balanced is designed to prepare students for the Common Core State Standards that have been adopted in Oregon and will replace the state OAKS testing. The goal of the new assessment is to accurately measure student progress toward college and career readiness.

Fifth grader Marin Bliss shows Superintendent Andy Bellando how she is practicing for the new state test with the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

Fifth grader Marin Bliss shows Superintendent Andy Bellando how she is practicing for the new state test with the Smarter Balanced Assessment.

“We’re spending time with the Smarter Balanced assessment because we want the kids to know what to expect with the new state test and we don’t want them be stressed,” said Robert Frost School Librarian Jackie Renoud, who also led the students in the recent Read-a-thon activities. “ The new state test will be very different for the kids because it requires them to participate at a whole different level. We’re all learning so next year will be an interesting year.”

For more information about the Smarter Balanced Assessment or Common Core State Standards, contact your school principal or the District office at (503) 873-5303 or email Superintendent Andy Bellando at bellando_andy@silverfalls.k12.or.us.