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  •  "Assessment is most productive when its purpose is for learning."  

    - Rick Stiggins


    Assessment of student learning is an integral part of the teaching and learning cycle. This website was one of the recommendations made by the Assessment Advisory Council to support communication about assessment with families around assessment in our District.


    About Assessment

    The purpose of the Assessment pages is to provide accurate and updated information to families about the assessments in Portland Public Schools.

    Quality assessment for learning helps both educators and their students know where students are in their learning progression and determine where they need to go next.  Used appropriately, it is a key strategy to close the achievement gap. 

    The PPS Quality Assessment Framework includes guidelines and principles that can effectively support the achievement of each student.


    Two departments oversee assessment:



    Office of Teaching and Learning


     Visit the OTL webpage for information about how we use assessments to support teachers and students. The Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) supports teachers in continuous improvement of their knowledge and skills.


    Research, Assessment, and Accountability


     Visit the RAA page for information about how assessments are administered and for reports on student achievement.The department of Research, Assessment, and Accountability (RAA) administers statewide and districtwide assessments.

    This department also prepares reports of test results and other data and conducts program evaluations. Visit their site to learn more about how tests are administered.