Testing and Assessment FAQs
If there are grades, how are they determined?
Oregon Virtual Academy (ORVA) is a mastery-based program, which means students master concepts and lessons before moving on to the next lesson. Students are required to submit assignments to their teachers for evaluation and feedback. Teachers will assess mastery and provide quantitative feedback in the secondary grades.
What tests will my child be required to take?
Star360 Assessments are administered throughout the school year, varying by grade level. These assessments are adaptive, which means they adjust to each answer the student provides. Star Assessments allow teachers to assess student growth throughout the school year.
In addition to Stride K12 lesson, unit, and semester assessments, ORVA students in grades 3–8 and grade 11 take Oregon Smarter Balance Assessments (SBAC).
Will my child have to participate in state testing?
The Oregon Department of Education requires all public schools to administer the SBAC to students in grades 3–8 and 11. Your student's participation is important for ORVA to stay compliant with state standards and remain open to serve future families. Oregon's Department of Education does allow for families to opt-out students from the English language arts and math portions of the SBAC, but not the science portion for grades 5, 8, and 11. Opt-outs must be submitted with the state opt-out form, which you can find below. (New forms may not be available from the state at the beginning of the school year but will be updated when they become available.) The opt-out form must be filled out annually and submitted to the testing coordinator or other staff member. For more information on how opting out could affect your student or school, please contact your principal or testing coordinator.