Using Interim Assessments in Oregon
Top 3 Reasons
to use the Interim Assessments
Three schools in North Santiam School District (OR) are piloting the use of Smarter Balanced interim assessments and are finding that the power of data is transforming instruction.
The Smarter Balanced assessment system consists of three major components in English language arts and mathematics: summative assessments, interim assessments and Tools for Teachers, which replaces the Digital Library in mid-June 2020.
Now, Oregon school districts have the opportunity to purchase the complete system through a collaboration with Smarter Balanced and Cambium Assessment, Inc. (CAI). The interim assessments provide teachers, families, and students timely information on how students are doing all year long.
Interim assessments, which include the full array of accessibility resources used for the OSAS, support Oregon teachers by helping them check where students are in their learning and determine where they need additional instruction or if they can move onto more challenging work.
Teachers can use the results from interim assessments to help them learn and reflect on what’s working and what needs improving in their classroom.
Connections Playlists, which link interim assessment results with instructional resources in Tools for Teachers, provide teachers with actionable information to enhance their teaching.
District-wide access to the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and Tools for Teachers, which replaces the Digital Library in June 2020, is available for $11.50 per student enrolled in the district in grades 3-8 and 11. All educators in the district will have access to the resources, regardless of the grades they serve.
If access will be provided at a school-level instead of district-wide, school-wide access is available for $11.50 per student enrolled in the school in grades 3-8 and 11. All educators in the school will have access to the resources, regardless of the grades they serve. Single schools within a district can purchase the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and Digital Library without affecting other schools in that district. For example, Washington Elementary can purchase for their elementary students, and the elementary students at Lincoln Elementary in the same district would not have access to or be expected to purchase the tests and Digital Library.
The Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments will be available to administer to students in late September 2020. If districts or schools purchase the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments and Tools for Teachers after the release date, there will be a two-week waiting period to set up the district or school in Cambium Assessment’s systems.
- For district-wide access in a K-12 district, the count is based on the number of students enrolled in the district in grades 3-8 and 11
- For school-wide access in a K-5 school, the count is based on the number of students enrolled in the school in grades 3-5.
- For school-wide access in a grade 6-8 school, the count is based on the number of students enrolled in the school in grades 6-8.
- For school-wide access in grades 9-12, the count is based on the number of students enrolled in the school in grade 11.
More about Interim Assessments
Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments are benchmark assessments approved by the Oregon Department of Education, and can be used as an option for districts to support the Oregon statewide assessments. Teachers can use the Interim Assessments to check students’ progress at mastering specific concepts throughout the schools year. Interim assessments consist of the following features:
- Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) that test the same content and report scores on the same scale as the summative assessments.
- Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) that focus on smaller sets of related concepts and provide more detailed information for instructional purposes.
- High-quality test items that are aligned to Oregon’s academic standards, include the same item types and tools as the OSAS, and are developed using the same process as the items on the summative assessments.