Practice assessment tests available

POLK COUNTY — Students in third through eighth grade, as well as 11th grade, will begin taking the state’s new test, Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBAC), for math and language arts later this month.

The new testing format, designed to align with Common Core Standards, is a departure from the previous Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS). It will require students to type answers, a skill not previously required for the old multiple-choice testing format.

For those who would like a sample of the new test before students begin taking it later this month, practice tests are available at http://oaksportal.org/.

The testing window for the SBAC opens on March 10 statewide and runs through the end of the school year.

For more information on the new test, go to www.smarterbalanced.org.

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