Testing

Testing2022-05-24T09:03:05-07:00

Chinese Language Assessments

Students in 2nd grade and above participate in the Student Oral Proficiency Assessment (SOPA) or the STAMP4Se (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency) Chinese language assessments. Both of these assessments are designed to help language learners watch their progress in their individual foreign language learning process. The rating scale is based on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) (1999).

According to our program benchmarks, students start building their foundation in Chinese from kindergarten and conclude this preliminary building stage in 2nd grade.

While learning progress can be made from kindergarten to 1st grade, it is more effective to be evaluated later when there has been more time in learning the target language.

SOPA

We assess our 2nd-4th grade student’s Chinese speaking and listening skills with the SOPA is the Standardized Oral Proficiency test, developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics for young language learners.

The goal of the SOPA is to allow students to show what they can do in the target language. The interviews consist of a series of tasks with varying levels of difficulty that elicit both academic and social language. The assessment activities follow the natural development of language skills, focusing first on listening comprehension and then on speaking. This sequence allows the students to experience immediate success in their responses (receptive skills being less demanding than productive skills), thus building their confidence. The students are encouraged to say as much as they can so that adequate speech samples may be obtained for accurate ratings.

STAMP 4Se/4S

We assess our 5th & 8th-grade student’s Chinese language skills with the STAMP (STAndards-based Measurement of Proficiency) 4Se/4S Assessments, an online computer-adaptive assessment, aligned to the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines, that allows language learners to demonstrate their Four-skill (Reading, Writing, Listening, and Speaking) with content and functionality designed for language learners. To measure the improvements from the beginning of middle school and as an exit assessment, the STAMP 4Se/4S is administered to all 5th & 8th graduates.

Statewide Assessments

Oregon Statewide Assessments System (OSAS)

At HCCS our students take state assessments at the end of the year to show their cumulative knowledge and learning. In 3rd through 8th grade, students take two English Language Arts Smarter Balanced assessments and two Math Smarter Balanced assessments at the end of each school year. While 5th and 8th grade students take Smarter Balanced science assessments. Students utilize the Oregon Statewide Assessment System (OSAS) to take SBAC state tests.

What is Smarter Balanced?

Oregon is part of a team of states working together voluntarily to develop K­12 assessments in English language arts/literacy and mathematics aligned to Oregon’s Common Core State Standards. 

How are Smarter Balanced tests different from old tests?

Our students deserve better tests, ones that measure high­-level skills rather than the ability to memorize facts or deduce answers from lists. More importantly, our students deserve tests that give them the opportunity to show what they know and can do. Smarter Balanced tests go above and beyond filling in multiple choice bubbles and actually showcase students’ thoughts and explanations for how they solve problems.

Here’s how:

  • Aligned to more challenging standards (common core), Smarter Balanced tests better measure what skills and knowledge our students need to be successful.
  • Test questions come in many different forms, and allow students to interact with graphs and type in their own responses in addition to selecting answers from traditional multiple choice lists. 
  • Essay questions ask students to use evidence from multiple sources of texts to create their arguments and explain their reasoning.
  • Developed with experts to include tools and supports that address visual, auditory, and physical access barriers, Smarter Balanced tests are designed to meet the needs of all students. 
  • The tests are not timed so your child can take as long as he or she needs to fully demonstrate what he or she knows and can do.

Click HERE for more information about the Smarter Balanced Assessments

PSAT 8/9

In the spring of 8th grade, students will be offered the opportunity to take the PSAT 8/9 to assess what they know and get early feedback on their knowledge and college and career readiness. This test is optional, and there will be a testing fee ($14) to take the test. 

To learn more about the PSAT 8/9 click here.

Star360 Assessments

Star360 are common core based reading and math assessments that are given in kindergarten through 8th that can show a students’ knowledge and skills in reading and math. These assessments can break down which standards students have achieved mastery in and which standards students are still progressing in to help teachers direct their instruction. 

Star360 assessments are given multiple times throughout the school year to monitor progress and check if students are achieving mastery of grade level standards.

Districtwide Assessments

CogAT

The CogAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) screening test appraises the students’ learned reasoning abilities that have been developed through in-school and out-of-school experiences.

The CogAT tests require students to demonstrate their reasoning abilities in the three symbol systems most closely related to success in school: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal reasoning. An overall score of 97% or above will qualify the student to take the complete CogAT.

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