EPSD9 Press Release 04/05/2021

EPSD9 School Board Addresses State Assessments During COVID
Posted on 04/05/2021
April 5, 2021
For Immediate Release

Eagle Point School Board Addresses State Assessments During COVID


On Tuesday, March 30, the Eagle Point School Board passed a resolution making a one-
year change of practice in mandatory state SBAC (Smarter Balance) assessment
administration. For the full text of the resolution click here.

Eagle Point students will not participate in SBAC state assessments this year. If a family
wants their student to participate in the state assessment, an opportunity will be provided
upon completion of “opt-in” form available soon on the District Website.

The resolution is in keeping with the state of Oregon’s request to the US Department of
Education seeking a waiver for state assessments this year due to the impact of the
pandemic and the limited opportunity for students to experience school on-site during the
pandemic. If administered, state assessments could take up a significant amount of the
remaining on-site class time for students.

In a typical year, Oregon law requires students to participate in state testing unless a parent
specifically chooses to “opt-out”. Educators encourage all students to take the state SBAC
assessment because the annual assessments provide valuable feedback on student
progress as well as program efficacy and deficits. The EPSD9 School Board feels our kids
have been back in school just eight weeks and now summative testing for the entire year is
required. They should be reconnecting and getting back on track with in-person instruction
with peers. We already have growth data through local assessments that provide teachers
with important information on supporting learners.

Parents will receive an email notice allowing them to opt-in if they feel their child will benefit
from state testing. By default, the choice will be not to test. Parents that do not want their
child to test do not need to respond to the opt-in notice.

For More Information:

Joni Parsons
EPSD9 Director of Teaching & Learning and Special Services