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  • Writer's pictureLindsay Coombes

Testing Information for Families

Dear Families,


ACA is getting ready for SBAC testing. SBAC is the Smarter Balance tests that are administered each year per State regulations. These tests are very important for schools, especially ACA. The results from these tests show the state how well we are doing, meeting the academic needs of our students. It helps us qualify for grants that we invest in the learning and support of our students. The test results do not negatively impact the students in any academic way. ACA works very hard at creating the most comfortable and flexible testing environments we can. Maximum participation with these tests looks good for ACA, so it is important to us that we make testing accessible and safe.


During the week of March 18th-22nd ACA will be administering state assessments to all 3rd-5th grade students. Middle school students (6th-8th) will be testing April 1st -April 5th with additional test sessions offered April 8th -April 12th

11th grade students will be able to test during the same April sessions as the middle school group. Additionally, they will have Friday test sessions available to them in May.



  • March 18th - March 22nd is Applied Learning for all K-5 students. There will be no K-5 classes running that week.

  • 3rd-5th grade students will sign up for a testing session with their ES. That sign up sheet will be available soon.

  • Middle School students who are enrolled in an onsite language arts class will take the language arts portion of the assessment in their language arts class the week of April 1st. No academic instruction will be given in the 6th-8th grade language arts classes during this week.

  • Students who are enrolled in an onsite math class will take the SBAC in their math class the week of April 1st. No academic instruction will be given in the 6th-8th grade math classes during this week. 

  • Students without an onsite class will have an opportunity to sign up for testing sessions throughout the week, as well as sessions available on Fridays.


Students who have opted out of participation in state testing will need an alternate plan for attendance in these classes. Below are your options:


  • You may excuse your student for that class period and keep them home (drop off at a later time, pick up early) 

  • If you are onsite during that class, you may excuse your student for the class and your student can be with you on campus during that time


If you have additional questions about state testing, how testing impacts the school, or how we can support your student during testing please reach out to ACA’s testing coordinator, Lindsay Coombes. [lindsaycoombes@aca.k12.or.us]


Please stay tuned for test session sign up sheets and an invitation for pre-testing exploration session where we will explore what the test look like and discuss the testing environment here at ACA.


ACA’s Administrative Team

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