New rules for retesting in grades 3-8
What is OAKS?
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Starting this school year, families may choose whether their students retake state tests if they have already passed.
The Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) tests students on a range of subjects throughout their education. Students in Portland Public Schools and other districts sometimes take the test more than once — even if they have already passed it.
If your student has passed the OAKS this academic year and you do not want him or her to take it again, please contact your school’s office. You will sign a form excusing your student from additional testing. The form is also available online. Please return it to the school office.
What happens if I don’t want my student retested?
If students pass the OAKS and their families choose not to allow retesting, they will be given additional classroom activities while other students test.
Why do schools retest students?
OAKS scores can help PPS students access certain services and classes. The scores do not affect students’ grades.
However, scores do affect schools. School report cards (AYP reports and the State School Report Card) receive higher ratings when more students meet or exceed the OAKS.
Retesting may result in higher scores for students and schools because students have more time to learn and are more familiar with the OAKS.
Contact Katherine Hu, 503-916-3722, or Mike Shadder, 503-916-2000, x74231