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Opt Outs for Testing

BHSD School Board Addresses State Assessments During COVID


To best support school district planning, you are encouraged to submit this form to your child’s school by April 6, 2021. For students who enroll after the statewide testing window begins on April 13, 2021, you are encouraged to submit the form within 2 weeks of enrollment. This form is only valid for the 2020-21 school year. Parents and adult students are required to submit an opt-out form annually should they wish to be exempted from statewide summative tests. 


House Bill 2655 permits parents and adult students* to annually opt-out of Oregon’s statewide summative tests in English language arts and mathematics by submitting this form to the school the student attends. The school shall provide any student who is exempted from a state test with supervised study time while other students are testing. Visit this link to learn more about House Bill 2655.


In 2010, Oregon adopted higher K-12 standards in English language arts and mathematics to ensure that all students move from grade to grade with the academic knowledge and skills necessary for success beyond high school. We have adjusted the test blueprint for 2020-21 to allow for reliable estimation of student performance while decreasing the time that students spend testing. Please note that individual student reports will not be available for 2020-21.


  • Help identify schools and districts that need additional supports to ensure more students are meeting higher standards
  • Challenge students to think critically and apply their knowledge to real-world problems
  • Use multiple item formats to ensure multiple means of accessing item content


  • Grades 3-8 and High School English language arts & mathematics summative tests April 13 – June 11, 2021


How much time do the tests take?
The tests are not timed, so your child can take as long as they need to fully demonstrate what they know and can do. The ODE developed shortened blueprints for the 2020-21 school year, reducing testing times substantially. English Language Arts and Math assessments will take approximately one hour each. With our current exams, your child only tests once each year.
What do the results mean?
Summative test results identify systems-level strengths and areas for improvement in English language arts and mathematics for schools, districts, and the state. Individual student results will not be available for the 2020-21 school year.
Why does participation matter?
Your child’s participation is important to help ensure that schools and districts receive the targeted resources they need to help all students succeed, particularly those from historically underserved backgrounds.
When will my child take the test?
Your child will be tested once. Your child’s school will determine the specific dates your child takes the tests within the statewide testing window above. 


Talk to your child’s teacher or school principal if you have questions or want to learn more about how you can support your child in English language arts and mathematics. Here are some additional resources: