STATE ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
Assessments are an integral part of education in our state. At their most basic level, assessments are the tools we use to collect the information we need to make decisions in everyday life. Health professionals use instruments like thermometers and x-rays to monitor the health of the patients. Scientists collect and analyze water samples to determine the quality of our streams and lakes. In education, teachers and administrators use state tests, work samples, and other forms of assessments to measure how well students are learning and determine how best to support them moving forward.
Quality assessments provide results that are used to inform a broad range of decisions at the classroom, district, and state levels:
- Teachers use formative and interim assessments in the classroom to identify gaps in student learning and adjust instruction
- Students and their parents use formative, interim, and summative assessments to check mastery of key learning targets
- State and local teachers use summative assessment results to make important policy decisions, like where and how to invest in Oregon schools and how to hold schools accountable for the outcomes of those investments.