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Apr 28 2016 10:50AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - April 28, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for April 28, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS No articles this week...
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Apr 28 2016 10:14AM
News Announcement ELA Performance Tasks Have a Variable Number of Items
AIR has received inquiries regarding the number of items on English Language Arts (ELA) Performance Tasks (PT). While the Test Administration Manual notes that Performance Tasks have four items, some PT forms only have three. ELA Performance Tasks ha...
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Apr 28 2016 9:46AM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Participation Rules for 2015-16
For the 2014-15 administration of the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments, ODE counted as participants all students who responded to at least five items on the computer adaptive (CAT) portion of the assessment and at le...
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Apr 21 2016 11:15AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - April 21, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for April 21, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS ODE's New Director of...
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Apr 21 2016 10:08AM
News Announcement ODE’s New Director of Assessment - Mary Anderson
ODE is very excited to announce Mary Anderson will be joining our team as the new Director of Assessment. Mary joins ODE from Portland Public Schools, where she most recently served as Senior Manager of Educational Measurement and Assessment in the D...
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Apr 21 2016 9:44AM
Calendar NAEP Request for Information on Late Start or Early Release Days
In 2016-2017, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) will transition from paper-pencil testing to testing on NAEP-provided tablets with keyboards. In most schools, testing on tablets will require two sequential sessions of up to two h...
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Apr 21 2016 9:40AM
News Announcement Test Administrator (TA) Interface Label of “Custom Settings” Now Resolved
On April 6 ODE communicated an issue where the “custom settings” label displayed in the TA interface approval screen for students with standard settings. AIR has resolved this issue so that “Standard” is now displaying in the TA Interface test approv...
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Apr 21 2016 9:34AM
News Announcement ELPA21 Window Now Closed
The 2015-16 ELPA21 window closed on Tuesday, April 19. The final number of 4-domain assessments that were submitted is 52,325. In addition, numerous ELPA21s with domain exemptions were submitted separately. Student tests that had 100% of online items...
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Apr 21 2016 9:28AM
Calendar ELPA21 K-1 Paper-Pencil Writing Materials Return Deadline
The deadline for returning the completed student booklets for the Kindergarten and 1st Grade paper-pencil writing portion of the ELPA21 is next Tuesday, April 26. The shipping instructions for returning the materials can be found in the Resources sec...
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Apr 21 2016 9:22AM
Calendar Extended Assessment: Grade 12 Performance Scores
Performance scores will be available May 13, 2016 for all grade 12 Extended Assessment data entered by/on April 28, 2016. Otherwise, performance scores for Grade 12 Extended Assessment data entered after April 28, 2016 will be available May 27, 2016....
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Apr 21 2016 9:14AM
News Announcement Audio Word Pronunciation for Dictionary Unavailable on iOS (ELA Performance Tasks)
For English Language Arts Performance Tasks, the word pronunciation feature of the embedded dictionary is only available on non-iOS devices. Please ensure that another supported platform is available for students who need access to this feature.
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Apr 21 2016 9:08AM
News Announcement Performance Task Reassignment Requests
This year Smarter Balanced Performance Tasks are randomly assigned to students within schools, however, when a student changes schools the system automatically assigns the student a new Performance Task (PT) even if the student had already started a ...
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Apr 20 2016 5:54PM
News Announcement Test Improprieties and Accessibility Supports
ODE has received a number of adult-initiated impropriety reports related to the administration of an assessment that is inconsistent with a student’s IEP; specifically, all of the statewide assessment accessibility supports identified in a student’s ...
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Apr 20 2016 5:37PM
Calendar Essential Skills Assessment Updates
ACT Scores for Writing Students who complete more than one administration of ACT may combine their highest English and Writing scores from across administrations for the purpose of demonstrating proficiency in the Essential Skill of writing. Fo...
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Apr 14 2016 11:35AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - April 14, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for April 14, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS No articles this week...
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Apr 13 2016 3:05PM
News Announcement Opt-Out Communication Requirements
Beginning in 2016-17, districts are required to share an Annual Notice about state testing with parents at the start of each school year. As outlined in House Bill 2655, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) will make this Annual Notice available ...
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Apr 13 2016 11:21AM
Calendar ELPA21 Testing Window Closes Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The 2015-16 ELPA21 testing window will close as scheduled at the end of the day next Tuesday, April 19. District staff can use the Online Reporting System to run participation reports for tests that are still in progress, tests not started, and tests...
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Apr 13 2016 11:15AM
News Announcement U.S. Department of Education: Proposals for Consideration by ESSA Negotiated Rulemaking Committee
The U.S. Department of Education sent proposals today to the committee working on suggested regulations for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Of particular note, the Department proposes language, consistent with the law, that adopts safeguards t...
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Apr 13 2016 9:26AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment 2016-17
Kindergarten Assessment Overview: The 2016-17 Kindergarten Assessment includes three segments: Early Literacy: an untimed, direct assessment of upper and lowercase English Letter Names and English Letter Sounds Recognition. *Officially identifie...
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Apr 7 2016 10:32AM
Calendar Important Dates for April and May 2016
Date Event April 8 @ 11:59 PM Spring Collection Window Closes for: Staff Assignment 2015-16 April 13 @ 2 PM Webinar: Training for Third Period Cumulative ADM Collection 2015-16 April 14 @ 9 AM Webinar: Training for Limited E...
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Apr 7 2016 9:52AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - April 7, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for April 7, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS No articles this week ...
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Apr 7 2016 9:11AM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Composite vs. Claim Scores
We have received inquiries concerning the relationship between Smarter Balanced claim scores and the composite score. Composite scores are not computed by averaging the four claim scores, nor is there some other formula where the composite score is d...
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Apr 6 2016 4:47PM
News Announcement OAKS Science Assessment Clarification
Yes, state science assessments (in our case, OAKS) are required in grades 5, 8, and once in high school per ESSA, Title I Part A, sec. 1111 (b)(3); ORS 329.485; and OAR 581-22-0610. Each student has two test opportunities for grades 3-8 and three ann...
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Apr 6 2016 3:57PM
News Announcement Data Owners for Accountability and Reporting Team
The Accountability and Reporting Team has added two new research analysts, Emily Bowen and Lindy Wortman. This has allowed us to reassign staff to the various collections and reports. Below are the assigned duties of the four members of our data coll...
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Mar 31 2016 12:00PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - March 31, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for March 31, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Performance Assessmen...
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Mar 31 2016 11:56AM
Calendar AESRP Meeting on April 8
The spring Assessment of Essential Skills Review Panel (AESRP) meeting will be April 8, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., via webinar. You can register to attend the meeting by clicking on the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/348419878528558...
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Mar 31 2016 8:53AM
News Announcement National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) 2017 Assessments
In 2016-2017, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) will transition from paper-pencil testing to testing on NAEP-provided tablets with keyboards. In order to understand how to report trend results for the 2017 math and reading assess...
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Mar 30 2016 1:17PM
News Announcement Changing Student Settings in the Test Administrator Interface
Before approving students for testing, it is essential that Test Administrators (TAs) carefully review assigned student settings from the TA Interface. If the TA notices that settings are incorrectly applied or are missing for a particular student, t...
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Mar 30 2016 1:14PM
News Announcement Operating System Support Update
AIR has released a new version of the Secure Browser for iOS devices. Version 3.3 of the Secure Browser can be used on iOS 7 - 9.3. Note that previous versions of the Secure Browser are not supported on the recently released iOS 9.3, so districts who...
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Mar 30 2016 1:06PM
Calendar ELPA21 Completion and New Students
Oregon’s 2015-16 ELPA21 window will be open until the end of the day on Tuesday, April 19, 2016. Students who enroll in grades Kindergarten through 12th and who have been identified as English Learners are required to participate in the assessment. T...
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Mar 30 2016 12:22PM
Calendar REMINDER: ELPA21 K-1 Paper-Pencil Section Completion by April 19
The ELPA21 includes a new writing section for Kindergarten and 1st grade students only that is completed via paper-pencil. Oregon’s English Learners who qualify to be annually assessed on the ELPA21 must also complete the paper-pencil section within ...
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Mar 30 2016 12:14PM
Calendar ELPA21 Testing 45-day Expiration Reminder Updated
As noted in the 2015-16 Test Administration Manual, Section 9.4, ELPA21 testing opportunities expire after 45 calendar days from the first log in attempt. The 45th day of the ELPA21 testing window occurred on March 24. Each day thereafter, tests from...
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Mar 30 2016 11:48AM
News Announcement Banked Science Records Reloaded
Last week, ODE discovered a problem with the new process that allows test records to be loaded into Student Centered Staging when the Test End Date has been changed (i.e., when a test has to be reset). This resulted in a number of “banked” science te...
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Mar 29 2016 2:58PM
News Announcement Performance Assessment Grant: Request for Qualifications
Click here to view a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for schools interested in applying for performance assessment demonstration site grants (for more information see the Purpose section in the RFQ). The RFQ will be used to develop a list of school...
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Mar 25 2016 11:01AM
News Announcement New Accountability Reporting Staff
Please welcome our new staff members on the Accountability and Reporting team. Emily Bowen will be the data owner for Cumulative ADM and the Institutions Database, and Lindy Wortman will be working on Class Size and Spring Membership reporting. We ...
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Mar 17 2016 11:36AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - March 17, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for March 17, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS No articles this week...
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Mar 16 2016 5:59PM
Calendar REMINDER: ELPA21 K-1 Paper-Pencil Section Completion
The ELPA21 includes a new writing section for Kindergarten and 1st grade students only that is completed via paper-pencil. All English Learners who qualify to be annually assessed on the ELPA21 must also complete the paper-pencil section within Orego...
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Mar 16 2016 5:49PM
Calendar ELPA21 Testing 45-day Expiration Reminder
As noted in the 2015-16 Test Administration Manual, Section 9.4, ELPA21 testing opportunities expire after 45 calendar days from the first log in attempt. The 45th day of the ELPA21 testing window will occur next week, on March 24. With most school d...
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Mar 16 2016 5:39PM
Calendar Training Opportunity: Smarter Balanced Hand Scoring Pilot
ODE is seeking educators interested in participating in a pilot to determine the feasibility of using Oregon teachers to assist in the scoring of Smarter Balanced test items for the ELA and mathematics summative assessments. The initial training for ...
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Mar 16 2016 5:29PM
Calendar Professional Development Opportunity: Smarter Balanced Item Writing
ODE is seeking educators interested in participating as item writers for Smarter Balanced ELA and mathematics summative assessments. Successful applicants would be signed on as temporary employees of ODE and would receive compensation at the standard...
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Mar 16 2016 5:21PM
News Announcement “One or More” Accommodations Flag: Reminder
It is a federal requirement to indicate whether or not a student on an IEP or 504 Plan who takes the general assessment received one or more Accommodations (cf TAM, p. 99). While authorized users can indicate such through the “one or more” flag in TI...
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Mar 10 2016 12:17PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - March 10, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for March 10, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Support for Chrome OS...
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Mar 10 2016 9:31AM
News Announcement Support for Chrome OS 41-48
AIR and ODE are now supporting Chrome OS 41-48 for student testing. AIR has posted an updated Support Plan that reflects support for versions 41-48 and was able to implement an update that does not require any new app to be downloaded if using Chrom...
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Mar 10 2016 9:22AM
Calendar Update for Users of Android MSB 2.0 Using Android 5+ Devices
The current version of Android MSB (2.0) when used with Android 5+ devices does not support use of the keyboard. An updated MSB for Android 5+ (version number 2.1.) will be in the store by March 11. Anyone using Android 5+ should upgrade to MSB 2.1 i...
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Mar 10 2016 9:09AM
News Announcement Writing Essential Skills Achievement Standard for ACT
In September 2015 ACT discontinued reporting a Combined English/Writing score and released a revised version of the Writing test. As a result, a new Writing Essential Skills achievement standard for ACT was needed. Because the Combined English/W...
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Mar 4 2016 8:15AM
News Announcement ODE Now Accepting Applications for ESSA Workgroups
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is bringing together four central workgroups to help inform the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) . ESSA, which replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB), was signed into law by the President ...
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Mar 3 2016 11:56AM
Calendar Important Dates for March and April 2016
Date Event March 1 - 11 Districts submit to ODE demographic information for students participating in Logramos March 3 @ 2 PM Webinar: Training for Staff Assignment Collection 2015-16 March 4 Testing Window Closes for NAEP in ...
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Mar 3 2016 11:40AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - March 3, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for March 3, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS ODE Now Accepting Appl...
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Mar 2 2016 9:40PM
News Announcement Preventing ELPA21 Testing Improprieties and Irregularities
Since the ELPA21 test window opened on February 9, ODE has received several test impropriety and irregularity reports that fall in the following categories, in some cases resulting in test invalidation and the loss of the 2015-16 test opportunity: ...
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Mar 2 2016 9:34PM
Calendar ELPA21 Recruitment Re-Opened: Contrasting Groups Study
The ELPA21 consortium is continuing to recruit for participants in the Contrasting Groups Study, which will take place during the months of March and April. ODE seeks additional teacher participants, particularly in grades 6 through 12. If you have p...
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Mar 2 2016 9:31PM
News Announcement ELPA21: Changing Segments
Due to the separate domain segmenting on ELPA21 this year, if a student pauses a domain before responding to all items in the final task set of items, the test may restart at the next segment (inadvertently skipping some items) when it is resumed. If...
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Mar 2 2016 9:20PM
News Announcement ELPA21 Items: Putting a Box Around a Word
Some ELPA21 tests include listening items that require students to select a word in a sentence. When a response is chosen, a box appears around the word the student has selected. For example: The AIR Help Desk has received reports tha...
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Mar 2 2016 9:07PM
News Announcement Inter-District Transfer of Secure, Restricted Access Work Samples Prohibited
In early 2015, ODE launched a bank of secure, restricted access Work Sample prompts. As a reminder, prompts downloaded from the bank may not be transferred between districts. Downloading these secure, restricted access Work Sample prompts requires us...
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Feb 25 2016 2:54PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - February 25, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for February 25, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS ODE Now Accepting ...
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Feb 24 2016 3:39PM
Calendar Support for Chrome OS 48
AIR and ODE are now supporting Chrome OS 48 for student testing. AIR has posted an updated Support Plan that reflects the support for Chrome 48. For Chrome OS 47, as previously reported on January 22, AIR found issues with sound and recording. ...
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Feb 24 2016 3:33PM
News Announcement Updating Computers to Windows 10
Users who update their Windows computers to Windows 10 after installing the OAKS Secure Browser have reported that the Secure Browser often does not open correctly following the update. When this happens, resetting the Secure Browser profile as descr...
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Feb 24 2016 3:18PM
News Announcement Before Approving Students to Test
If a student incorrectly selects the wrong test, or selects the correct test, but the Test Administrator realizes student settings have been entered incorrectly before approving the student to test, the student’s test will be automatically reset for ...
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Feb 24 2016 3:13PM
News Announcement Update on ELPA21 Issue: Some Items Not Loading
On Friday, February 12 we reported that a small number of ELPA21 items were not generating an error message when students tried to skip them. Students were able to skip these items but then receive a message for subsequent items indicating that the i...
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Feb 24 2016 2:48PM
News Announcement ELPA21 Scribe Guidelines
Guidelines describing the qualifications and preparation of a Scribe as well as the valid implementation of this non-embedded accommodation for students with IEPs or 504 plans who, per the Oregon Accessibility Manual (OAM), have an identified need to...
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Feb 22 2016 9:52AM
Calendar Writing Scoring Guide Training Application
ODE is seeking applicants to participate in a writing scoring guide training at Lane ESD on March 21 and 22, 2016. The training is intended for individuals who would like to gain experience scoring Essential Skills writing work samples at the high sc...
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Feb 18 2016 1:29PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - February 18, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for February 18, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS February 10 Inform...
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Feb 18 2016 1:15PM
News Announcement Administering Smarter Balanced Performance Tasks
Test Administrators will need to include all Performance Tasks in the grade and subject for which they are administering tests in their test sessions. To do this, expand the list of Smarter Balanced tests in the test selection window by clicking on t...
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Feb 16 2016 4:29PM
News Announcement February 10 Informal DTC Webinar Materials Posted
The materials from the Informal DTC Webinar held on February 10, 2016 have now been posted here toward the bottom of the webpage. They include the PowerPoint presented by ODE, along the questions asked by the field and ODE responses to those question...
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Feb 11 2016 11:09AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - February 11, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for February 11, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS No articles this w...
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Feb 11 2016 10:51AM
News Announcement ELPA21 Line Reader
For the 2015-16 ELPA21 administration, a line reader is available for select reading items. As this is a new feature on a new assessment, this feature is only programmable in the Test Administrator (TA) Interface this year. Unlike other features, the...
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Feb 11 2016 10:47AM
Calendar ELPA21 Testing Window Now Open
Oregon’s English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) testing window opened on Tuesday, February 9 for all grades Kindergarten through 12th. The window will remain open through the end of the day on Tuesday, April 19. This ne...
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Feb 11 2016 10:24AM
News Announcement Improvements to the Kindergarten Assessment for 2016-17
The Oregon Kindergarten Assessment will become non-secure in 2016-17. The benefits of the assessment becoming non-secure include greater communication with parents and early childcare providers around the self-regulatory behaviors and interpersona...
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Feb 11 2016 10:08AM
News Announcement REVISED: FINAL 2015-16 Oregon Accessibility Manual (OAM) Posted
The updated 2015-16 Oregon Accessibility Manual is posted on the Statewide Assessment Accessibility Supports webpage at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=487. It contains the following anticipated mid-year updates to the Final version that a...
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Feb 4 2016 1:29PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - February 4, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for February 4, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS NOW Recruiting for ...
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Feb 4 2016 1:28PM
Calendar ELPA21 K-1 Writing Paper-Pencil Supplemental Section FAQ
ELPA21 includes a paper-pencil writing section for Kindergarten and 1st Grade that supplements the 4-domain online ELPA21 assessment. Since this is a new feature for Oregon school districts, ODE has developed an FAQ to assist with procedures regardin...
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Feb 4 2016 1:27PM
News Announcement What’s New with the ELPA21 Environment?
Oregon’s new assessment, the English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) will open next week for all grade bands. This new test will assess students on the English Language Proficiency standards adopted by the State Board of...
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Feb 4 2016 1:26PM
Calendar ELPA21 Online Testing Opens February 9
The online test window for ELPA21 opens next Tuesday, February 9, 2016. As communicated in the January 28 AA Update, this represents a one-week delay compared to the original 2015-16 test schedule. To compensate for this delay, ODE has extended the w...
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Feb 4 2016 1:24PM
Calendar 2015-16 Statewide Kindergarten Assessment Release
The 2015-2016 Statewide Kindergarten Assessment Results will be available on the Kindergarten Resource Webpage starting Monday, February 8, 2016. The Oregon Department of Education will provide an Interpretive Guidance Overview and a developmental co...
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Feb 4 2016 1:22PM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment 2015-16 Report Validation - Now Closed
The 2015-2016 Kindergarten Assessment (KA) Validation located in the Achievement Data Insight (ADI) Application is now closed. Districts are still able to log in to view their KA preliminary data by clicking on the “All” tab in the ADI Application. ...
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Feb 4 2016 1:16PM
News Announcement NEW Test Lookup Report in Student Centered Staging
The new Test Lookup Report was rolled out in Student Centered Staging on January 28. The report allows a user to look up any student(s) by SSID for a selected school year and see what tests they have taken in any subject, regardless of the district o...
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Feb 3 2016 5:36PM
News Announcement REVISION TO: Participation Determination for Smarter Balanced Assessments
For the 2014-15 administration of the Smarter Balanced English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments, ODE counted as participants all students who responded to at least five items on the computer adaptive (CAT) portion of the assessment and at le...
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Feb 1 2016 8:52AM
Calendar ELPA21 Recruitment Extended to February 18: Contrasting Groups Study
The Oregon Department of Education, as a member of the ELPA21 consortium, is seeking educators to participate in a Contrasting Groups Study during February and March 2016. This Contrasting Groups Study will ask educators to evaluate their current Eng...
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Jan 28 2016 12:39PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - January 28, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for January 28, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS NOW Recruiting for ...
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Jan 28 2016 12:29PM
Calendar ELPA21 Start Date UPDATED:
ONLINE ELPA21 Window Opens Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (Kindergarten & First Grade Paper Writing Section Opens on February 2) In preparation for the first operational year of Oregon’s new English Language proficiency assessment, ELPA21, the Oregon De...
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Jan 28 2016 10:03AM
Calendar Important Dates for February and March 2016
Date Event January 5 - June 10 OAKS Online Testing Window for Science and Social Sciences February 1 Collection Window Closes for: Staff Position 2015-16 February 1 - 26 Logramos Test Registration Window February 2 ELPA2...
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Jan 27 2016 12:31PM
Calendar NOW Recruiting for Director of Assessment
The Oregon Department of Education is now recruiting for a permanent, full-time Director of Assessment position within the Office of Assessment and Accountability. To learn more about this position and to apply, please visit ODE’s website at http://w...
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Jan 27 2016 12:27PM
News Announcement TIDE User Guide Updated
The OAKS Online TIDE User Guide has been updated to correct a previous error in the Print on Request Values in the Test Settings Upload File Format. This edit will not impact any previous uploads. Please refer to Appendix E Change Log for a summary ...
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Jan 27 2016 12:15PM
News Announcement Support for Chrome OS 47
While testing Chrome OS 47, AIR found issues that affect sound and recording files. This affects all tests with pre-recorded sound files as well as student recordings made for the ELPA21 speaking test. AIR has been working with Google to get this iss...
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Jan 27 2016 12:04PM
News Announcement Restrict Access to Features on an iPad
Some features built into the iPad may give a student an unfair advantage when testing. These features include auto-correction, predictive keyboard, spell check, dictionary, and auto correction. iPads can be configured two ways for secure testing: usi...
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Jan 27 2016 11:36AM
News Announcement Extended Assessment 2013-14 & 2014-15 Cut Scores and Benchmarks
With the transition to an Extended Assessment based on new state content standards in ELA (i.e., Reading, Writing), Math, and Science, ODE is aware that IEP teams may need information that equates the Reading, Writing, Math, and Science cut scores of...
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Jan 27 2016 9:50AM
Calendar ELPA21 Start Date Updated
ONLINE ELPA21 Window Opens Tuesday, February 9, 2016 (Kindergarten & First Grade Paper Writing Section Opens on February 2) On Monday, January 25, ODE communicated that, due to a late breaking change to the new ELPA21 test forms, the opening date o...
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Jan 22 2016 10:12AM
News Announcement Extended Assessment Vendor Decision
Following a process that started a few years ago, precipitated by new Common Core State Standards and the identification of consortia charged with the development of new alternate assessments based on alternate achievement standards, Oregon revisited...
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Jan 21 2016 2:29PM
Calendar Logramos Available to Oregon Schools - Deadline Change
To support and encourage biliteracy development among English Learners and native English speakers, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has contracted with Riverside Publishing to offer their Spanish assessment, Logramos (Third Edition), to stud...
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Jan 21 2016 12:30PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - January 21, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for January 21, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: Every Student Succeeds Act Update and Resource...
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Jan 21 2016 12:23PM
Calendar Online Reporting System Webinars
The Oregon Department of Education and the American Institutes for Research, Oregon’s test vendor for the OAKS, ELPA, and Smarter Balanced Assessments, will conduct two webinars focusing on how to use the Online Reporting System (ORS). Each webinar w...
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Jan 21 2016 12:20PM
News Announcement Informal DTC Webinar Materials
The materials from the Informal DTC Webinar held on January 13, 2016 have now been posted here toward the bottom of the webpage. They include the PowerPoint presented by ODE, along the questions asked by the field and ODE responses to those questions...
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Jan 21 2016 12:15PM
News Announcement OAKS Online Test Administrator User Guide
The OAKS Online Test Administrator User Guide has been updated to include new information on administering the ELPA21 Domain Exemptions in 2015-16, as well as the removal of classroom activities for Smarter Balanced Assessments. Please see Appendix ...
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Jan 21 2016 11:45AM
News Announcement ELPA21 Kindergarten and Grade 1 Paper-Pencil Testing
The ELPA21 K-1 Paper-Pencil Receipt of Test Materials in Schools document has been updated to include where to find tracking information and whom to contact with discrepancies with your order.
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Jan 21 2016 11:32AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment 2015-16 Report Validation Window - Updated
The 2015-2016 preliminary Oregon Kindergarten Assessment results are now available for districts to review in the Kindergarten Assessment Validation located in the Achievement Data Insight (ADI) Application through Monday, January 25, 2016. ODE will ...
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Jan 21 2016 11:27AM
Calendar Smarter Balanced Testing Opens February 9, 2016
The 2015-16 statewide test window for Smarter Balanced Assessments is open from February 9 - June 10. Smarter Balanced tests are available for English language arts and mathematics and are required for students in grades 3-8 and 11. Local test window...
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Jan 21 2016 11:24AM
News Announcement Final 2015-16 Oregon Accessibility Manual (OAM)
The 2015-16 Oregon Accessibility Manual is posted on the Statewide Assessment Accessibility Supports webpage at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=487. ODE does not anticipate additional changes or updates being made to it for this school yea...
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Jan 21 2016 11:07AM
Calendar ODE to Release Graduation Rates January 28 - Embargoed Files Available January 25
Cohort Graduation and NCES Dropout rates will be released Thursday, January 28. To obtain a copy of the embargoed data files prior to the public release, please email Crystal Greene at crystal.greene@state.or.us and the files will be sent to you by ...
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Jan 14 2016 1:03PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - January 14, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for January 14, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Logramos Available to...
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Jan 14 2016 12:57PM
Calendar Logramos Available to Oregon Schools
To support and encourage biliteracy development among English Learners and native English speakers, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has contracted with Riverside Publishing to offer their Spanish assessment, Logramos (Third Edition), to stud...
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Jan 14 2016 12:44PM
Calendar Essential Skills Assessment Options Updates
Process for Evaluating Revised Assessments When assessment revisions result in changes to the assessment content and to the scale the revised assessments must be evaluated to determine whether the revised versions are still approved as an assessme...
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Jan 13 2016 4:50PM
Calendar ELPA21 Recruitment: Contrasting Groups Study
The Oregon Department of Education, as a member of the ELPA21 consortium, is seeking educators to participate in a Contrasting Groups Study during February and March 2016. This Contrasting Groups Study will ask educators to evaluate their current Eng...
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Jan 13 2016 4:40PM
News Announcement Setting Text-to-Speech in TIDE
As stated in Oregon’s Accessibility Manual, Text-to-Speech(TTS) is an Embedded Designated Support for the following: Items Only in English Language Arts Items and/or Stimuli in Math Items and/or Stimuli in OAKS Science & Social Sciences TTS...
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Jan 13 2016 1:50PM
News Announcement New STEM Teaching Tools Now Available: Formative Assessment and NGSS
Learning any complex subject matter or practice is aided when the learner receives timely, quality feedback about how they should refine their understanding. This is what makes formative assessment such a powerful part of a teacher's day-to-day pract...
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Jan 11 2016 10:38AM
News Announcement Domain Exemptions for ELPA21 Practice Tests
Domain exemptions are not available for ELPA21 Practice Tests. They will be available on the ELPA21 Operational Tests. Whenever possible, teachers should have students complete all domains on the Practice Tests so they have the opportunity to determi...
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Jan 7 2016 12:33PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - January 7, 2016
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for January 7, 2016. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS No articles this week ...
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Jan 6 2016 12:18PM
Calendar Important Dates for January and February 2016
Date Event January 5 OAKS Online Reporting System (ORS) reports available through the OAKS Portal January 5 - June 10 OAKS Online Testing Window for Science and Social Sciences January 7 Preview of Final 2014-15 Dropout and Co...
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Jan 6 2016 12:12PM
Calendar ELPA21 Practice Test Available Starting Monday, January 11
The online practice tests for all grade bands of ELPA21 will be available for use beginning on Monday, January 11 , with the exception of the iPad version. The ELPA21 practice test for iPads requires an update to the operating system. ODE and AIR ant...
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Jan 6 2016 12:09PM
Calendar ELPA21 Kindergarten and Grade 1 Receipt of Paper Testing Materials
All Kindergarten and 1st Grade English Learners participating in ELPA21 are required to complete a paper writing section of the assessment. The ELPA21 paper-pencil writing forms will be packaged by school and shipped to districts, for delivery the we...
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Jan 6 2016 12:07PM
News Announcement ELPA21 Professional Development Modules: Updated Link Available
The ELPA21 professional development modules were created through joint efforts of the ELPA21 consortium, CCSSO, and the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University. Educator teams from Iowa, Oregon, and Washington completed the first thr...
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Jan 6 2016 12:04PM
News Announcement ELPA21 Headset Check Now Available for iPads & Chromebooks
As previously announced, the OAKS Diagnostic Tool includes a page that is designed for testing headsets for use with ELPA21. To access this tool, open the secure browser, click on the link to go to the Practice Test site, and then click on the link t...
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Jan 6 2016 11:55AM
Calendar Extended Assessment: Test Windows
Administration: Opens February 18, 2016 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on April 28, 2016. Assessment materials are available for download from ODE’s district secure site one week prior to the opening of the administration window (February 11, 2016). Dat...
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Jan 6 2016 11:47AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment 2015-16 Report Validation Window
The 2015-2016 preliminary Oregon Kindergarten Assessment results will be available for districts to review in the Kindergarten Assessment Validation located in the Achievement Data Insight (ADI) Application from January 11 through January 25, 2016. O...
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Jan 6 2016 11:19AM
Calendar OAKS Science and OAKS Social Sciences Testing Window Now Open
OAKS Science and OAKS Social Sciences assessments became available on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 and will close on June 10, 2016. Yes, state science assessments (in our case, OAKS) are required in grades 5, 8, and once in high school per ESSA, Tit...
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Jan 6 2016 11:14AM
Calendar Second Period Cumulative ADM Reporting Period Closes January 11
The Second Period Cumulative ADM collection is now open and will close on Monday, January 11 at 11:59 PM. Training materials can be found online at https://district.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=156 or the Schedule of Due Dates, and the video train...
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Jan 6 2016 11:07AM
Calendar 2015-16 Test Records in Student Centered Staging and Webinar Training
OAKS Online test records for Science and Social Sciences are available in Student Centered Staging, Accountability Warehouse Extract (AWE), and Secure Assessment Reports 2.0 (SAR) beginning January 7, 2016. OAKS Science and Social Sciences records wi...
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Jan 6 2016 11:01AM
Calendar Assessment and Accountability Checklist for 2015-16 Updated January 7, 2016
The Assessment and Accountability Checklist for 2015-16 has been revised and posted at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=472. Please note the revision history starting on page 49. Changes of note: Regional ESD Partners support for ...
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Dec 17 2015 12:23PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - December 17, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for December 17, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Informal DTC Webinar...
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Dec 17 2015 11:09AM
Calendar Informal DTC Webinars Starting January 2016
Informal DTC Webinars will begin on January 13 from 9:30 - 10:30 AM PT and continue on the second Wednesday of each month through May. Informal DTCs webinars are an optional (but encouraged) space for DTCs to receive reminders & participation opport...
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Dec 17 2015 11:04AM
Calendar ELPA21 Interactive Demo Goes Offline December 18, 2015
This is a reminder that Questar’s ELPA21 “interactive demo,” which is similar to the Oregon ELPA21 practice test, goes offline on Friday, December 18. Oregon teachers were given access to the Questar interactive demo while the ELPA21 practice test is...
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Dec 17 2015 10:52AM
News Announcement Extended Assessment: Essential Skills Achievement Standards
Oregon’s State Board of Education adopted the following at their December 10, 2015 meeting: The achievement standard on the Extended Assessment English Language Arts Reading is set at 914 for the purposes of demonstrating proficiency on the Essent...
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Dec 17 2015 10:45AM
Calendar OAKS Science and OAKS Social Sciences Testing Window Opens January 5
OAKS Science and OAKS Social Sciences assessments will become available on Tuesday, January 5, 2016 and will close on June 10, 2016. Yes, state science assessments (in our case, OAKS) are required in grades 5, 8, and once in high school per ESSA...
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Dec 17 2015 10:36AM
News Announcement Work Sample Prompts and Scoring in Languages Other Than English
ODE contracted with MESD and other specialists to translate most of the writing and math ODE-developed Work Sample prompts into Tagalog, Chinese, Thai, Tongan, Amharic, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Ukrainian, and Vietnamese. ODE also contracted with N...
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Dec 17 2015 10:25AM
Calendar Second Period Cumulative ADM Reporting Period Now Open
The Second Period Cumulative ADM collection is now open and will close on Monday, January 11 at 11:59 PM. Since many school and district staff will be on vacation or out of the office during the next couple of weeks, be sure to schedule time to submi...
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Dec 10 2015 1:14PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - December 10, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for December 10, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS OAKS Online Systems ...
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Dec 10 2015 11:44AM
News Announcement iOS 9.2 Now Available
Apple has released iOS 9.2. iOS 9.2 resolves security issues that were present in iOS 9.0 and 9.1. If you have iPads running iOS 9.0 or 9.1 that are being used for secure assessments, please update the iPads to iOS 9.2 as soon as possible. iOS 9.0 an...
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Dec 10 2015 11:40AM
News Announcement Revised 2015-16 Test Administration Manual Now Posted
ODE has posted a Revised 2015-16 Test Administration Manual (dated December 10, 2015) to http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/tam that contains the following critical updates to the Final version posted on October 1: Removed references to the Smarter Bal...
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Dec 10 2015 11:29AM
News Announcement ELPA21 Administration Updates
ELPA21 domain exemptions for 2015-16 Due to the change from the semi-adaptive algorithm to a fixed form ELPA21 this year, the test administration for any student with a programmed domain exemption must change. While the student-level domain exempt...
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Dec 10 2015 11:25AM
News Announcement Accessibility Supports: Line Reader
The line reader tool is available for OAKS science, social sciences, and ELPA21 tests as an embedded designated support. The default setting for the line reader is “off.” The line reader is not included in the “Upload Student Settings Template” this ...
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Dec 10 2015 11:09AM
News Announcement ORSkills Work Sample Prompt Bank FAQ
To increase awareness about the ORSkills online system, Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has developed an FAQ. Several of the questions follow and the full document is available at http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/es. What is the ORSkills onlin...
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Dec 10 2015 10:59AM
Calendar Second Period Cumulative ADM Opens December 10
The Second Period Cumulative ADM collection will open today, Thursday, December 10 at 1 PM and close on Monday, January 11 at 11:59 PM. The training was presented last week and is posted at https://district.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=250. Traini...
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Dec 3 2015 10:20AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - December 3, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for December 3, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Using ODE-Developed S...
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Dec 3 2015 9:44AM
Calendar OAKS Online Systems Downtime 2015-2016
A schedule listing all of the times that Oregon online testing systems (operational tests, practice tests, TIDE, and online reporting) will be offline for scheduled maintenance and deployment has been posted in the Resources section of the OAKS Port...
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Dec 3 2015 9:24AM
Calendar Second Period Cumulative ADM Open December 10 - January 11
The Second Period Cumulative ADM collection will open Thursday, December 10 at 1 PM and close on Monday, January 11 at 11:59 PM. The training was presented today (December 3) and should be posted soon at https://district.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?...
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Dec 2 2015 3:36PM
Calendar Important Dates for December 2015 and January 2016
Date Event December 1 ELPA21 Braille Form Order Window CLOSES December 3 @ 2 PM Webinar: Training for Second Period Cumulative ADM Collection 2015-16 December 4 District Data Collection Audit Review Window CLOSES for: 2015-16 ...
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Dec 2 2015 3:18PM
News Announcement Using ODE-Developed State Testing Notice and Opt-out Form
On November 9, ODE published a combined 30-day notice and opt-out form for Oregon’s statewide summative tests as part of its implementation of House Bill 2655. As described in the accompanying numbered memo 003-2015-16: Exemption from Statewide Summa...
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Dec 2 2015 9:55AM
News Announcement ELPA21 LEP Flag Requirements for Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students updated
This is a reminder that this Friday, December 4, is the deadline for the update to the Kindergarten and 1st grade LEP flags in TIDE as part of the ordering process for the ELPA21 Kindergarten and 1st grade paper-pencil writing portion. Student inform...
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Dec 2 2015 9:46AM
News Announcement Survey: Oregon Kindergarten Assessment Material Feedback
ODE sent out a survey to all District Test Coordinators on Tuesday, December 1, 2015 requesting feedback and recommendations for improvements to the layout of the Oregon Kindergarten Assessment Materials. Thank you to those who already responded to t...
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Dec 2 2015 9:36AM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Expandable Blueprints
The new Smarter Balanced Mathematics Expandable Blueprints have been published and are available by grade band. These reference documents combine information from the Smarter Balanced Mathematics Summative Assessment Blueprints and Item Specification...
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Dec 2 2015 9:32AM
News Announcement Essential Skills Modified Cut Scores Guidance
With the transition from the OAKS assessment to the Smarter Balanced assessment, ODE is aware that IEP teams may need guidance in calculating Essential Skills modified cut scores for students working toward a modified diploma. The new modified cut sc...
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Nov 19 2015 11:53AM
News Announcement Secure Work Sample Bank
Effective December 30, 2015, the ODE-developed Work Sample prompts will only be available through Willamette Education Service District’s ORSkills online system and the Secure Work Sample Bank application within the Secure District Site will be disco...
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Nov 19 2015 8:52AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - November 19, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for November 19, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Regional ESD Partner...
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Nov 19 2015 8:46AM
News Announcement Regional ESD Partner Support
The Regional ESD partner contact list has been updated to reflect new contacts for the region 2 service area, which includes the following counties: Coos, Crook, Curry, Deschutes, Douglas, Jackson, Jefferson, Josephine, Klamath, Lake and Lane. R...
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Nov 19 2015 8:31AM
News Announcement Braille Requirements and Testing Manual
The 2015-2016 Oregon Braille Requirements and Testing Manual has been posted on the ODE Website. There is also a link to the manual in the Resources section of the OAKS Portal.
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Nov 19 2015 8:24AM
Calendar ELPA21 Braille Materials Order Window Closing Soon
The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21), which replaces the previous Oregon ELPA, will be available in a Braille format in 2015-16. In addition to the raised Braille and graphics in thermoform format, there will be D...
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Nov 12 2015 12:57PM
Calendar Important Dates for November and December 2015
Date Event November 12 - December 11 Fall Collection Window for: Staff Assignment 2015-16 November 12 - January 22 Report Validation Window for: Fall Membership 2015-16 November 13 Deadline to submit completed fee-waiver rost...
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Nov 12 2015 12:44PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - November 12, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for November 12, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS No articles this wee...
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Nov 12 2015 12:31PM
News Announcement Essential Skills Scores from Other States
ODE wanted to highlight a policy described in the Essential Skills and Local Performance Assessment Manual . Smarter Balanced high school math composite scores, reading claim scores, and writing claim scores from other states may be accepted as evide...
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Nov 10 2015 4:34PM
Calendar Opt-Out Form and Related Materials
As required under House Bill 2655, the Oregon Department of Education developed a combined 30 day notice about testing and an opt-out form for the 2015-16 school year. This form is to be disseminated to parents at least 30 days prior to administering...
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Nov 10 2015 4:20PM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment Audit Review Window
The Kindergarten Assessment Audit Review Window is open from Thursday, November 19 through Friday December 4, 2015. During the review window, districts have the opportunity to view and correct identified audit items, checked against First Period Cumu...
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Nov 5 2015 11:56AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - November 5, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for November 5, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS No articles this week...
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Nov 5 2015 11:50AM
Calendar Reminder: District Test Coordinator (DTC) Training Webinars This Week
As a reminder, the required 2015-16 District Test Coordinator training’s final webinar is scheduled for today, November 5. Registered DTCs received an automated e-mail from GoToWebinar 24 hours prior to the webinar they signed up for that includes lo...
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Nov 5 2015 11:34AM
News Announcement ELPA21 LEP Flag Requirements for Kindergarten and 1st Grade Students
Updating student LEP flags has been a required part of the ELPA administration process for the past 5 years, as only eligible English Learners whose LEP flag is set to “Y” are able to access the ELPA. In previous years, ODE has recommended that distr...
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Nov 4 2015 5:37PM
News Announcement Extended Assessment: Interpreting Scaled Scores Guide
A guide explaining how to interpret scores for the Oregon Extended Assessment in terms of annual performance, interpreting reading and writing sub-scores, making growth determinations, and rated observations for very low functioning students using th...
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Nov 4 2015 5:23PM
News Announcement UPDATE: Oregon Accessibility Manual
Per our review of responses to the DTC training quiz, we have identified and made the following updates to the Oregon Accessibility Manual (which are noted in the Change Log, p. 120): Updated Text-to-Speech in Table 5 SB: Embedded Accommodations ...
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Oct 29 2015 1:07PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - October 29, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for October 29, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS No articles this week...
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Oct 28 2015 4:08PM
Calendar District Test Coordinator Training Survey: Due November 2
As a reminder, after watching all 2015-16 ODE-provided training modules, all District Test Coordinators must complete the 2015-16 Training Survey by November 2, 2015. The survey has 12 required questions covering content from each module (9 pages). I...
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Oct 28 2015 4:00PM
News Announcement Update on iOS 9
AIR and Smarter Balanced are continuing to work with Apple to resolve iOS 9 issues that impact test security so that AIR can add support of iOS 9 for operational test administration. Recognizing that many iPads used for student testing were set to au...
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Oct 28 2015 3:18PM
Calendar Reminder: District Test Coordinator Training Webinars Next Week
As a reminder, the required 2015-16 District Test Coordinator (DTC) training webinars will take place on November 3, 4, and 5. Registered DTCs will receive an automated e-mail from GoToWebinar 24 hours prior to the webinar they have signed up for tha...
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Oct 28 2015 3:12PM
News Announcement Testing Headsets for Use with ELPA21
The OAKS Diagnostic Tool includes a page that is designed for testing headsets for use with ELPA21. To access this tool, open the secure browser and click on the link for the network diagnostic tool. When the diagnostic tool opens, click on “ELPA Che...
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Oct 28 2015 3:08PM
News Announcement UPDATED: Oregon Extended Assessment Decision Making Guidance
New guidance regarding the selection of statewide assessments for students on Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) -- that was adopted by the State Board at their October meeting -- is not reflected in the 2015-16 TAM. For this year, please refer to...
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Oct 22 2015 1:22PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - October 22, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for October 22, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS No articles this week...
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Oct 22 2015 1:14PM
News Announcement Updates to Oregon Support Plan - Support for Chrome OS 46
AIR and ODE are now supporting Chrome OS 46 for student testing. AIR has posted an updated Support Plan that reflects the support for Chrome OS 46. Chrome version 46 is also now supported for Oregon Practice Tests. The Supported Web Browsers page of...
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Oct 22 2015 1:07PM
Calendar Extended Assessment Braille and Large Print Order Window
The window for submitting Braille and Large Print orders of the Extended Assessment is November 16, 2015 - January 15, 2016. Please visit the “Administration” section of the Statewide Alternate (Extended) Assessment website http://www.ode.state.or.us...
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Oct 22 2015 12:57PM
Calendar CLOSING October 22 (Thursday): Kindergarten Assessment 2015-16 Testing Window
The Kindergarten Assessment Testing Window closes today, Thursday, October 22. Districts must complete all Kindergarten Assessment administration by the end of the day. Districts must submit all Kindergarten Assessment data by Friday, October 30...
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Oct 22 2015 12:44PM
News Announcement OAKS and Smarter Balanced Practice and Training Tests Now Available
On October 20, AIR launched the OAKS Online Science and Social Sciences Practice Tests and the Smarter Balanced Mathematics and English Language Arts Practice and Training Tests to the OAKS Portal. These practice and training tests are a valuable res...
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Oct 22 2015 12:34PM
News Announcement Documentation of Accessibility Supports on IEPs
Under 34 C.F.R. § 300.320(a)(6)(i), each student’s IEP must include a statement of any individual accommodations that are necessary to measure the academic achievement and functional performance of the child on State and district-wide assessments. Wi...
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Oct 22 2015 12:08PM
Calendar Essential Skills Assessment Option Updates
Process for Evaluating Revised Assessments When assessment revisions result in changes to the assessment content and to the scale the revised assessments must be evaluated to determine whether the revised versions are still approved as an assessme...
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Oct 16 2015 2:52PM
Calendar Important Dates for October and November 2015
Date Event October 1 Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) available through the OAKS Portal (http://oaksportal.org) October 1 - December 1 ELPA21 Braille Form Order Window October 8 District preview on ODE secure websit...
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Oct 15 2015 12:01PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - October 15, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for October 15, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. As a reminder, anyone is welcome to become a subscriber to the Ass...
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Oct 15 2015 10:31AM
News Announcement Extended Assessment: 2014-15 Technical Report
The 2014-15 Oregon Alternate (“Extended”) Assessment Technical Report (and Appendices) are now posted under the Assessment Development and Transitions section of the Statewide Alternate (Extended) Assessment webpage at http://www.ode.state.or.us/sear...
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Oct 15 2015 10:22AM
News Announcement Updates to Oregon Support Plan - Support for Linux Fedora, Firefox, and Safari
Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and American Institutes for Research, Inc. (AIR) are now supporting Fedora 22 for secure student testing. We will continue to support Fedora versions 20 and 21. The current Linux secure browser can be installed on...
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Oct 15 2015 10:18AM
Calendar All OAKS Online Systems Offline for Maintenance Weekend of October 23
All Oregon Online Systems (TIDE (Test Information Distribution Engine), ORS (Online Reporting System), practice tests) will be offline from 5 PM PT on Friday, October 23 until 7 PM PT on Sunday, October 25 for scheduled maintenance.
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Oct 15 2015 9:58AM
Calendar Become Familiar with ELPA21 Items Now and Then the Platform in January
TAs and students can become familiar with the look of the new ELPA21 items from Tuesday, October 20, 2015 until Friday, December 18, 2015 through Questar Assessment Incorporated’s (QAI) ELPA21 Interactive Demos at https://elpa21ft.questarai.com/stud...
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Oct 14 2015 11:18AM
News Announcement Kindergarten Assessment 2014-15 “Look Back” Report Now Available
The 2014-15 Kindergarten Assessment "Look Back" report is now available on the Kindergarten Assessment Resources webpage. This report is an update to the 2014-15 Kindergarten Assessment report released last winter and includes disaggregated student r...
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Oct 14 2015 10:55AM
Calendar CLOSING: Kindergarten Assessment 2015-16 Testing Window
To assure the state has adequate representation, all designated schools in your district that were selected participate in one of the Early Literacy Field Test(FT) Measures need to administer the FT measure by Thursday, October 22 and submit the requ...
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Oct 14 2015 10:49AM
Calendar First Period Cumulative ADM 2015-16 Closes Monday, October 26, 2015
This is a reminder that the 2015-2016 First Period Cumulative ADM will close for data submission at 11:59 PM on Monday, October 26. Be sure to get all of your data reported before this time. If you have any questions, please contact your Regional ESD...
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Oct 14 2015 10:03AM
Calendar Assessment and Accountability Checklist for 2015-16 Updated October 15, 2015
The Assessment and Accountability Checklist for 2015-16 has been revised and posted at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=472. Please note the revision history starting on page 49. Changes of note: Validation/Preview Windows Secu...
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Oct 8 2015 11:03AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - October 8, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for October 8, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. As a reminder, anyone is welcome to become a subscriber to the Asse...
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Oct 8 2015 10:44AM
News Announcement Updated ESD Partner Contact Information
If you are a Region 2 program, school, district or ESD staff member, and you have a data collection question, please contact Kristine Keizer. Kristine is available Monday-Thursday 8:00-3:00. If Kristine is not available, please contact Karen Brown...
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Oct 7 2015 3:42PM
Calendar Oregon Practice Tests and Test Administrator (TA) Interface Training Site Offline for Updates October 16-19
The Oregon Practice Tests and the Test Administrator (TA) Interface Training Site will be offline for updates from October 16 through 19. Updated 2015-2016 OAKS and Smarter Balanced Practice Tests, and an updated TA Interface Training Site, will be a...
181
Oct 7 2015 3:31PM
Calendar ELPA21 Braille Form Order Window Now Open
The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21), which replaces the previous Oregon ELPA, will be available in a paper-pencil Braille format in 2015-16. To order, District Test Coordinators should complete the order form fou...
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Oct 7 2015 3:26PM
News Announcement ELPA21 Headsets Available for 2015-16
Appendix C of the Oregon Technical Specifications for Online Testing includes a list of headphones and headsets that AIR has tested with the Online Test Delivery System (TDS). Students participating in ELPA21 will need to use a headset with a built-...
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Oct 7 2015 3:12PM
News Announcement Final 2015-16 Oregon Accessibility Manual
The Final version of the 2015-16 Oregon Accessibility Manual (OAM) is now posted on Statewide Assessment Accessibility Supports webpage at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=487. The OAM provides districts, schools, and IEP teams policies and...
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Oct 7 2015 3:10PM
News Announcement Assessment Resources
As a follow up to the previous articles about the 2015-16 Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments & Digital Library Access, ODE would like to point out the resources posted on the Local Assessment Resources page; these are designed to support districts ...
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Oct 1 2015 2:15PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - October 1, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for October 1, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. As a reminder, anyone is welcome to become a subscriber to the Asse...
186
Oct 1 2015 11:52AM
Calendar Now Posted: Final 2015-16 Test Administration Manual
The final 2015-16 Test Administration Manual is now available at http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/tam. The table below identifies specific reading requirements by role (District Test Coordinator, School Test Coordinator, and Test Administrator). ...
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Oct 1 2015 11:44AM
Calendar Now Posted: 2015-16 District Test Coordinator (DTC) Training Modules and Quiz
The 2015-16 Test Administration and Security modules are now available in both PowerPoint and video format at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2744 (Exception: the video for Module 3: Accessibility Options will not be available until Octob...
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Oct 1 2015 11:34AM
News Announcement Now Posted: Final 2015-16 Oregon Accessibility Manual
The final 2015-16 Oregon Accessibility Manual is now available at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=487. The table below identifies specific reading requirements by role. User Role OAM Reading Requirement District Test Coordin...
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Sep 30 2015 12:29PM
Calendar UPDATED: Change in TIDE User Roles for 2015-16
The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) of the OAKS Online System will be offline for updates from September 22 - October 1, 2015. The TIDE User Guide is also now posted here: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=391. On October 1, d...
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Sep 30 2015 10:35AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment Consolidated Collection Student Roster Reports
The Kindergarten Assessment (KA) Data Collection window opened on Monday, August 24, 2015 and will close on Friday, October 30. ODE would like to remind districts and schools that as soon as they submit their KA data into Consolidated Collections, a ...
191
Sep 30 2015 10:30AM
News Announcement Updated Equation Editor Tutorial - Smarter Balanced Mathematics
The equation editor tutorial posted on the Student page of the OAKS Portal has been updated. The new tutorial has a dropdown box that allows students to choose a grade band: 3-5 or 6-12. The content of the tutorial for each of the grade bands reflect...
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Sep 30 2015 9:10AM
News Announcement Science Local Performance Assessment Clarifications for 2015-2016
In June 2008, the State Board of Education adopted OAR 581-022-0615: Assessment of Essential Skills. This rule requires school districts and public charter schools to administer local performance assessments on an annual basis to all students in Grad...
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Sep 24 2015 11:02AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - September 24, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for September 24, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Release of iOS 9 ...
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Sep 24 2015 11:00AM
Calendar First Period Cumulative ADM 2015-16 Opens September 24, 2015
The First Period Cumulative ADM collection for the 2015-2016 school year opens Thursday, September 24 and will remain open until 11:59 PM on Monday, October 26. This collection will be the submission of Cumulative ADM records for the period of July ...
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Sep 24 2015 10:21AM
News Announcement Kindergarten Assessment Early Math Sample #2: Spanish Directions
It has been brought to our attention that the directions for sample item number 2 in math measure on the Kindergarten Assessment are incorrect. Please provide the test administrators with the proper directions. We apologize for the inconvenience. ...
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Sep 23 2015 12:54PM
Calendar Release of iOS 9
Apple released the iOS 9 operating system for iPads on September 16. iOS 9 is not currently supported for student testing in Oregon (see the Oregon Support Plan ). However, recognizing that many iPads are set to automatically install operating system...
197
Sep 23 2015 12:44PM
Calendar Support for Windows 10 and Chrome OS 45
AIR and ODE are now supporting testing on computers using the Windows 10 operating system that was released on July 29, 2015. The 2015-2016 Windows Secure Browser 8.0 released in July can be installed on computers running Windows 10. AIR has posted a...
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Sep 23 2015 12:40PM
Calendar District Test Coordinator Training Modules and Quiz Available October 1
As described in the 2015-16 Test Administration Manual, prior to participating in the required ODE-facilitated webinar sessions in November, all designated district test coordinators are required to independently review the 2015-16 ODE-provided recor...
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Sep 23 2015 12:32PM
Calendar UPDATED: Change in TIDE User Roles
The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) of the OAKS Online System will be offline for updates from September 22 - October 1, 2015. When TIDE launches on October 1, all TIDE user accounts from the 2014-15 school year will be removed. Based on ...
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Sep 23 2015 11:37AM
News Announcement Oregon Extended Assessment Administration Manual
The 2015-16 Oregon Extended Assessment Administration Manual is now posted on the Statewide Alternate (Extended) Assessment webpage at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=178. This manual intended for educators and parents who are intereste...
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