• OSAS (Oregon Statewide Assessment System)

    English Language Arts (ELA), Mathematics and Science


    What is OSAS?

    In the 2014-15 school year, Oregon joined twelve other states to use the Smarter Balanced Assessment tests for their mandatory state assessments. These standardized tests assess how well students are mastering content in key subject areas aligned to the Common Core State Standards. Beginning 2019, these assessments are referred to as OSAS (Oregon Statewide Assessment System) tests.

    Who takes it?

    Students in grades 3-8 and 11 take the OSAS English language arts (ELA) and math tests. Students in grades 5, 8 and 11 take the OSAS science test.

    What does it measure?

    The OSAS language arts assessment measures how well students have mastered English language arts skills including reading, writing, and critical thinking.

    The OSAS mathematics assessment measures how well students have mastered math skills and concepts.

    When is it administered?

    OSAS Assessments are taken in the Spring.

    View the district testing calendar for testing windows, or contact your school for exact test dates.

    How is it administered?

    OSAS Assessments are administered online. Online assessment delivery allows for a greater range in the types of questions and responses that can be asked and measured. For example, students may watch a video and then write a short analytical essay.

    How are the results used?

    OSAS results will be used as one way to indicate a student's progress toward college and career readiness. 

    When will I receive my child's scores?

    A report with state summative test scores that your student earned in the prior school year, including OSAS ELA, math and science, ELPA Summative and Extended Assessments, will be mailed to the address in Synergy for your students at the beginning of the new school year. For questions about receiving test scores, please contact testinghelp@pps.net or call 503-916-3208.

    Who requires it?

    OSAS tests are required at the state level by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE).

    What if I want to know more about this assessment?

    What if I don't want my child to participate in OSAS ELA, Math or Science?

    Parents who wish to opt their student(s) out of OSAS summative testing should download the information packet which includes a copy of the opt-out form. The packet in English and our translated languages are located here.

    I'm a parent/guardian. Who do I contact with questions about this assessment?

    If you have questions about specific testing dates or other school-specific questions, please contact your school. For other questions about testing, please contact Testing Help.