State Testing Opt Out Letter for 2019
CENTENNIAL MIDDLE SCHOOL
Rise’ S. Hawley
Sonia Nelson Carranza
Dean of Students
1st April 2019
With the 2018 – 2019 school year well under way, I wanted to take a moment to provide some important information about this year’s state assessments.
Last spring, students in the Centennial School District and around Oregon took state tests in English Language Arts and Math, called Smarter Balanced. As you probably know, the tests move away from previous fill-in-the bubble exams that focused on rote memorization, to a format which asks students to explain their reasoning and write out their answers. These tests measure more complex, real-world skills such as critical-thinking, writing, and problem solving so that your child can successfully transition from grade to grade and be prepared for his or her next steps after high school.
Centennial Middle School will give Smarter Balanced tests during the weeks of May 13 and May 20 with make-up testing May 28-30, if necessary. To ensure students do their very best, it will be extremely important for students to eat breakfast, arrive on time, and be well rested during testing. Also, if possible, please avoid scheduling appointments during the test dates.
We know that an end-of-the-year test cannot possibly tell us everything about your child’s academic progress. However, the results do act as a snapshot of your child’s strengths and areas for improvement and can be used as a way to ensure he or she is getting the supports he or she needs. When fewer students take the test, we are left with an incomplete and inaccurate picture of how our students are performing, and this limits our ability to address issues, better serve students, and continue to improve our educational system.
While individual school participation is reported and important, you have the right to opt out. You can read more about your rights to opt-out here: http://tinyurl.com/OR-HB2655. Should you chose to opt out, the form is posted online on our website: http://cms.csd28j.org/ and copies will be available in our front office.
In Centennial School District, we are deeply committed to ensuring each and every student in our schools has the supports he or she needs 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.
If you have general questions or want more information about the end-of-year tests, I encourage you to reach out to your child’s teacher(s) with any questions you may have about your student’s progress.
Rise’ S. Hawley