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Mar 19 2015 11:04AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - March 19, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for March 19, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements ODE System Upgrades - W...
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Mar 19 2015 8:37AM
News Announcement Approving Students to Take the Correct Test
Recently, ODE has heard several reports of test administrators inadvertently approving students to start the operational Smarter Balanced assessment instead of the interim assessments. To avoid this irregularity, please remember that, by default, all...
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Mar 18 2015 10:08AM
Calendar ODE System Upgrades - Website and Collections Down March 21-23
ODE will be performing system upgrades beginning March 21 at 8:00 AM and ending no later than March 23 at 8:00 AM. During these system upgrades, all ODE services will be affected, including our websites. The following collections were scheduled to be...
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Mar 18 2015 9:58AM
Calendar REMINDER: Test Delivery System Offline March 21 - 29
As stated in the 2014-15 Test Schedule , OAKS, ELPA, and Smarter Balanced operational and practice tests will be offline for scheduled maintenance starting at 6 AM PT on Saturday, March 21. All tests will re-open at 6 AM PT on Monday, March 30. TIDE ...
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Mar 18 2015 9:55AM
News Announcement Tab Key and iPads Running iOS 8+
Using the tab key on an external keyboard to move from one test question to the next in iOS 8 causes iOS 8 to crash. AIR has been in touch with Apple about this issue and Apple is working on a solution. In the meantime, students testing on an iPad wi...
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Mar 18 2015 9:51AM
News Announcement Spring 2015 Operational Test Accessibility Resources Document Now Available
Smarter Balanced has created a document to compare the Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations that were available on the Spring 2014 Field Test to accessibility resources that are available on the Spring 2015 Operational Test. Any u...
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Mar 12 2015 3:42PM
Calendar Smarter Balanced Test Window Now Open
The statewide Smarter Balanced Mathematics and English Language Arts Test Window opened Tuesday, March 10. Please refer to Section 4.6 School Imposed Test Windows of the Test Administration Manual for the requirements around school level test windows...
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Mar 12 2015 11:34AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - March 12, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for March 12, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements ODE System Upgrades - W...
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Mar 11 2015 2:50PM
Calendar Informal DTC Webinars in April and May
Archived PowerPoints and transcribed recordings of Informal DTC Webinars are posted to our District Test Coordinators webpage. PowerPoints are typically available the day after the webinar. Please allow 1-2 weeks for transcriptions to be posted. Rema...
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Mar 11 2015 2:45PM
Calendar Available to Schools on a First Come, First Served Basis: Logramos
To support and encourage biliteracy development among English Learners and native English speakers, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recently entered into a contract with Riverside Publishing to offer their Spanish assessment, Logramos (Third...
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Mar 11 2015 2:40PM
News Announcement Order of Tests in the TA Interface
When the TA interface is opened, it defaults to a view where tests are ordered by grade within subject with the subjects appearing alphabetically in the following order: ELA (includes grade 12 reading retest) ELPA Mathematics Science Social Sc...
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Mar 11 2015 2:27PM
Calendar Grade 12 Writing Re-Test Window Closes March 13
The online writing re-test opportunity for eligible grade 12 students closes Friday, March 13. Any tests that have been started but not submitted by the end of the day on that date will be automatically moved over to the scoring queue. Papers will be...
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Mar 11 2015 2:21PM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Spanish-English Math Tests
Students who take a Smarter Balanced Mathematics test using the stacked Spanish/English version can respond to open-ended questions in Spanish or English. If they respond in Spanish, their response will be scored by a trained Spanish-speaking scorer....
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Mar 11 2015 2:14PM
News Announcement New Accommodation for Smarter Balanced ELA Assessment
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium voted this weekend (March 6, 2015) to adopt a new non-embedded accommodation for the Smarter Balanced ELA assessment. Effective immediately, the Read Aloud non-embedded accommodation is allowed in Grades 3 -...
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Mar 11 2015 1:55PM
Calendar ELPA January 2015 Test Scores Available March 13
Scores for students who completed the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) January 6 and January 31, 2015 will be posted in Student Centered Staging and Accountability Warehouse Extract (AWE) on the ODE secure district website and also in O...
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Mar 9 2015 2:02PM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Participation Rules for 2014-15
ODE will implement the following participation rules that will apply to the 2014-15 Smarter Balanced English language arts and mathematics assessments. To be considered a participant in 2014-15, a student must respond to: at least five items ...
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Mar 5 2015 10:40AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - March 5, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for March 5, 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 Inf...
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Mar 5 2015 10:13AM
News Announcement Now Supporting Chrome OS version 40
ODE and AIR are now supporting Chrome OS version 40.0.2214.115 and higher. Please note that earlier versions of Chrome version 40 are not supported because they have a bug that causes the testing application to occasionally crash. If you wish to use ...
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Mar 5 2015 9:57AM
News Announcement Updates to Sign-In Page for Oregon Online Testing Systems
The Single Sign On login page that is used by TIDE, the Online Reporting System, and the TA Interface will be updated tonight, Thursday, March 5, 2015 to provide more explicit instructions on how users log into the system. The login process, and all ...
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Mar 5 2015 8:58AM
Calendar Informal DTC Webinars
Archived PowerPoints and transcribed recordings of Informal DTC Webinars are posted to our District Test Coordinators webpage. PowerPoints are typically available the day after the webinar. Please allow 1-2 weeks for transcriptions to be posted. Rema...
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Mar 4 2015 5:40PM
News Announcement ELPA Domain Exemption Follow Up for English Learner Students with Disabilities
As originally communicated on August 21, 2014 and in compliance with guidance from the US Department of Education in July, 2014, no 4-domain exemptions are allowed for the 2014-15 ELPA administration. To help with the decision-making process: T...
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Mar 4 2015 3:38PM
News Announcement Using iPads for Smarter Balanced Testing
In order to meet test security requirements, all testing devices must run an approved secure browser. Additional requirements for iPads are that they run iOS 8.1.3 and that certain security settings are made to prevent the unauthorized use of the iPa...
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Mar 4 2015 3:33PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Checklist for 2014-15 Updated
The Assessment & Accountability Checklist for 2014-15 has been revised and posted at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=472. Please note the revision history on pages 50-52.
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Mar 4 2015 3:18PM
Calendar 2014-15 Smarter Balanced Test Records in Student Centered Staging
Smarter Balanced test records for English Language Arts/Literacy and Mathematics will be available in the Online Reporting System (ORS) Student Centered Staging (the official database of record) beginning May 15, 2015. Smarter Balanced records will t...
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Feb 26 2015 11:41AM
Calendar Important Dates for March and April 2015
Date Event January 6 - April 15 English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) K-12 Testing Window January 6 - June 12 OAKS Online Testing Window for Science, Social Sciences, and Grade 12 Retest in Reading and Math February 1...
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Feb 26 2015 11:23AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - February 26, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for February 26, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Secure Work Sample B...
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Feb 26 2015 11:18AM
News Announcement Kindergarten Assessment 2015-16 Data Entry and Reporting
Districts will again enter their Fall 2015 Kindergarten Assessment (KA) records into the Consolidated Collections using the same process as in Fall 2014. The anticipated file format and administration code revisions were presented to the Data Collect...
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Feb 25 2015 11:17AM
Calendar More Than 21,000 ELPAs Successfully Submitted
The Oregon ELPA window has been open since January 6, 2015, and as of Monday morning, more than 20,000 ELPAs have been successfully submitted. The window will close at the end of the day on Tuesday, April 15, 2015, which means there are 49 more calen...
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Feb 25 2015 11:13AM
News Announcement Providing Access to Smarter Balanced Assessments for Home School Students
Consistent with past practice regarding Oregon’s statewide assessments, districts retain discretion to provide access to the Smarter Balanced assessments for home school students requesting access. Please note, however, that for 2014-15 the Smarter B...
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Feb 19 2015 11:49AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - February 19, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for February 19, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Secure Work Sample B...
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Feb 19 2015 11:38AM
News Announcement Secure Work Sample Bank Now Available
Secure Work Samples in reading, writing, and math are now available within the ODE District Web Site at http://district.ode.state.or.us. These Work Samples serve as an alternative assessment option for students enrolled in grade 12 during the 2014-15...
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Feb 19 2015 11:32AM
Calendar Test Delivery System and Online Reporting System Offline March 5 or 6 through March 9
As stated in the 2014-15 State Test Schedule , the Test Delivery System (TDS) and the Online Reporting System (ORS) will be offline for the deployment of Smarter Balanced Summative Tests on the following dates: TDS (OAKS, ELPA, and Practice Tests)...
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Feb 19 2015 11:29AM
Calendar Smarter Balanced Classroom Activities Available through TIDE February 24
AIR will be making updates to TIDE the evening of Monday, February 23 starting at 5 PM (PT) in order to support the posting of Smarter Balanced Classroom Activities. TIDE will remain online but may be noticeably slower than usual during the deploymen...
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Feb 19 2015 10:31AM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Achievement Levels for the 2014-15 School Year
On January 22, 2015, the State Board of Education adopted Smarter Balanced achievement levels to be used for systems accountability purposes. Achievement levels for English language arts and Mathematics are provided in the tables below. For more info...
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Feb 18 2015 1:29PM
News Announcement Update for Android Mobile Secure Browser
As reported in an announcement posted on December 23 on the OAKS Portal, AIR encountered an issue with Android tablets where some students were unable to select and highlight text while working in the secure browser. Resolving this issue will require...
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Feb 18 2015 1:26PM
News Announcement Closing Oregon Help Desk Cases Because of Lack of Response
Occasionally a district or school opens a case with the AIR Help Desk and then does not follow up on the case or respond to Help Desk requests for additional information. For these situations, please note the following protocol: The AIR Help Desk wil...
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Feb 18 2015 1:04PM
Calendar Extended Assessment: Grade 12 Retake Performance Scores
To ensure performance scores will be available to districts by May 22, 2015, the data entry window for grade 12 retake will close on the same date and time as the administration window this school year: April 23, 2015 at 5:00 PM. Access to the Extend...
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Feb 18 2015 12:20PM
News Announcement Kindergarten Content and Assessment Advisory Committee
The Kindergarten Content and Assessment Advisory Committee met to review refinements to the Early Literacy segments of the 2015-16 Kindergarten Assessment and recommend an additional measure of early language/vocabulary. The Committee also developed ...
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Feb 18 2015 12:18PM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Audio Glossaries
Smarter Balanced has made audio glossaries available for some words for students who use foreign-language glossaries on the Smarter Balanced tests. Students can access the audio glossaries by clicking on a word that is associated with a foreign-langu...
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Feb 18 2015 12:07PM
Calendar ELPA21 Field Test Now Open for All Grades K-12
The field test window for Kindergarten through 8th grade opened on Monday, February 16. The window for all grades K-12 will remain open through March 31, 2015. As a reminder, all district staff who registered to participate in the field test must com...
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Feb 12 2015 11:37AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - February 12, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for February 12, 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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Feb 12 2015 8:42AM
News Announcement Translated Smarter Balanced Test Directions Now Available Through OAKS Portal
Smarter Balanced student test directions have been translated into the following languages: Arabic, Cantonese, Dakota, Filipino (Tagalog and Ilokano), Haitian Creole, Hmong, Japanese, Korean, Lakota, Mandarin, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Ukrainian, Vie...
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Feb 12 2015 8:37AM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Now Available in Braille
Over the weekend of February 6 - 8, AIR and ODE deployed the Braille Interface for the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests. The practice tests are now available for students who use Braille. As a reminder, operational tests administered through the Brail...
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Feb 11 2015 9:25AM
Calendar IMPORTANT! 2014-15 Extended Assessments: Ordering and Data Entry Guidance
The instructions for ordering the 2014-15 Extended Assessments as well as for entering data for grades 3-8, 11 are linked to their respective bullets (below) on the Extended Assessment webpage at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=178. Ord...
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Feb 9 2015 4:26PM
Calendar Supporting Biliteracy in Oregon Schools: Logramos Available to Schools on a First Come, First Served Basis
Research indicates that well implemented bilingual programs that are designed to promote bilingualism, biliteracy, and academic achievement do a better job at preparing English Learners for academic success than programs that do not foster and susta...
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Feb 5 2015 2:21PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - February 5, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for February 5, 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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Feb 5 2015 11:25AM
Calendar ELPA Practice Test Will Be Updated This Weekend
As noted in the January 8, 2015 edition of the Assessment & Accountability Update, ODE has been working with our test vendor to update the ELPA practice test. The updated version of the ELPA practice test will be deployed over the weekend and wi...
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Feb 5 2015 11:22AM
News Announcement Accessing the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests Using Chrome Web Browser
AIR has identified a bug in the Chrome web browser versions 39 and 40 that prevents students from dragging text in the Smarter Balanced Practice Tests. If you are using one of these versions of the Chrome web browser and encounter this issue, please ...
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Feb 5 2015 11:17AM
Calendar ELPA21 Field Test Now Open for Grades 9-12
The field test window for the high school grade band opened on Monday, February 2. The window for Kindergarten through 8th grade will open on Monday, February 16. As a reminder, all district staff who registered to participate in the field test must ...
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Feb 4 2015 10:18AM
Calendar Field Test Recruitment for Task Development
ODE is looking for volunteers from Oregon’s high schools to participate in classroom field tests of tasks being developed to assess the Essential Skills of Reading and Mathematics. These classroom field tests will be a critical piece as we develop a ...
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Feb 4 2015 10:14AM
News Announcement REMINDER: 2013-14 ELPA Domain Exemptions Still in TIDE
As stated in the November 6, 2014 Assessment & Accountability Update, the 2013-14 ELPA domain exemptions that district staff entered into the TIDE system during last school year were not cleared at the start of the 2014-15 school year, with the ...
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Feb 4 2015 9:31AM
News Announcement Oregon Accessibility Manual Updated: Table 2 ELPA
The Oregon Accessibility Manual (OAM) has been updated to properly reflect allowable policy regarding the use and retention of scratch for the ELPA constructed response items. This information appears in Table 2 ELPA: Non-embedded Universal Tools. ...
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Feb 4 2015 9:08AM
News Announcement Extended Assessment: Clarification Regarding ELA
Please contact Brad Lenhardt at brad.lenhardt@state.or.us or Dan Farley (BRT/UO) at dfarley@uoregon.edu if you have questions. Per a November 19, 2014 news announcement http://www.ode.state.or.us/news/announcements/announcement.aspx?ID=10245 i...
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Feb 4 2015 8:55AM
News Announcement Equation Editor Tutorial Now Available Through OAKS Portal
An equation editor tutorial is now available through the OAKS Portal oaksportal.org to help prepare students to use the Smarter Balanced equation editor prior to participating in the Smarter Balanced mathematics assessment. There is a link to this tu...
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Jan 29 2015 1:23PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - January 29, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for January 29, 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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Jan 29 2015 1:11PM
Calendar Second Period Cumulative ADM Review Closing Friday
The Second Period Cumulative ADM review/audit window is currently open and will close at 11:59 PM on Friday, January 30. Please log into the Consolidated Collections application during this window and review your audits by clicking “Review Audits” un...
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Jan 29 2015 10:22AM
Calendar Informal DTC Webinar Information Available
Archived PowerPoints and transcribed recordings of Informal DTC Webinars are posted to our District Test Coordinators webpage. PowerPoints are typically available the day after the webinar. Please allow 1-2 weeks for transcriptions to be posted. Rema...
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Jan 29 2015 10:07AM
Calendar Mobile Secure Browser for iOS 8x Now Available
An updated mobile secure browser 3.0 for iPads using the iOS 8.x operating system is now available in the Apple Store. This secure browser must be installed on all iPads using the iOS 8.x operating system that will be used for secure student testing....
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Jan 29 2015 9:48AM
Calendar Scheduled Downtime for Online Reporting System and Test Delivery System February 6-9
The OAKS Online Reporting System, Test Delivery System and Test Administration Interface will be down as identified in the table below. This downtime is scheduled for OAKS and ELPA maintenance, and for the deployment of the Smarter Balanced Interim A...
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Jan 29 2015 8:51AM
News Announcement Title-funded (I-A, I-C, and III) Staff May Administer the ELPA21 Field Test
Although Title-funded staff were not allowed to assist with the administration of the SBAC field test, ODE will allow Title-funded staff to assist with the ELPA21 field test for the following reasons: The ELPA21 field test (which will be adminis...
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Jan 22 2015 11:37AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - January 22, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for January 22, 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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Jan 22 2015 11:10AM
Calendar Important Dates for February and March 2015
Date Event January - February Data disk with PSAT/NMSQT® scores shipped to schools February 2 @ 11:59 PM Collection Window Closes for: Staff Position 2014-15 February 2 ELPA21 Field Test Opens for Grade Band 9-12 Februar...
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Jan 21 2015 2:08PM
Calendar Informal DTC Webinar Information
Archived PowerPoints and transcribed recordings of Informal DTC Webinars are posted to our District Test Coordinators webpage. PowerPoints are typically available the day after the webinar. Please allow 1-2 weeks for transcriptions to be posted. Rema...
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Jan 21 2015 2:01PM
News Announcement OPTIONAL: Online Reporting System Training Video Now Available
On January 8, 15, and 20, AIR hosted live trainings via WebEx on the 2014-15 Online Reporting System. The training walked users through how to run performance and participation reports for OAKS Online and ELPA (the Online Reporting System will be upd...
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Jan 21 2015 1:33PM
News Announcement Activating your TIDE Account
As new TIDE accounts are created for district and school level users, TIDE sends the user an introductory email that includes a link for logging into TIDE as well as a temporary password. It is important to note that, as a security precaution, the te...
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Jan 21 2015 1:28PM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment and Content Committee Update
In December 2014 and January 2015, the Kindergarten Content and Assessment committee reviewed refinements to the Early Literacy segments of the 2015-16 Kindergarten Assessment and an additional measure of early language/vocabulary. The committee also...
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Jan 21 2015 1:25PM
News Announcement Update on Braille Interface for Smarter Balanced Assessments
In the October 23, 2014 edition of the A&A Update, ODE alerted the field that the Braille Interface for the Smarter Balanced practice tests was not yet available pending implementation of improvements recommended by Oregon’s Vision Professional Learn...
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Jan 21 2015 1:21PM
News Announcement CLARIFICATION: Non-Embedded Designated Supports Not Required in TIDE
During the January 14 DTC Webinar, a question was raised about why TIDE itemizes non-embedded designated supports for the Smarter Balanced assessments but not for the other assessments (OAKS Online Science and Social Sciences, Grade 12 Retests, or EL...
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Jan 21 2015 1:10PM
Calendar Second Period Cumulative ADM Review Opens Today
The Second Period Cumulative ADM review/audit window opens at 1 PM today, Thursday, January 22 and will close at 11:59 PM on Friday, January 30. Please log into the Consolidated Collections application during this window and review your audits by cli...
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Jan 21 2015 1:05PM
News Announcement Scientific Inquiry (SI) Local Performance Assessment Requirement and 2014 Oregon Science Standards (NGSS) Clarification
Question from the Field: How can science teachers meet the scientific inquiry local performance assessment requirement during this transition period between the 2009 Oregon Science Standards and the newly adopted 2014 Oregon Science Standards (Next G...
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Jan 15 2015 11:49AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - January 15, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for January 15, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements ELPA21 Field Test Reg...
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Jan 15 2015 11:30AM
Calendar 2014-15 Statewide Kindergarten Assessment Results Released
The 2014-15 Statewide Kindergarten Assessment Results were released on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 and are now available on the Kindergarten Resource Webpage. For additional information or questions related to the 2014-15 Statewide Kindergarten ...
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Jan 14 2015 10:54AM
Calendar ELPA21 Field Test Registration Ends Tomorrow
The registration window for the upcoming ELPA21 Field Test will close tomorrow. Oregon is continuing to recruit students for participation in the ELPA21 Field Test, which will debut on February 2, 2015. The ELPA21 Consortium States are focusing the f...
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Jan 14 2015 10:50AM
Calendar ORS Training Information
As a reminder, the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will host another OAKS Online Reporting System (ORS) training on January 15 via WebEx: Thursday, January 15, 2015, 3:00 pm PST (1 hr) WebEx Link Password: Salem14$ Call-in Number: 1...
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Jan 14 2015 10:45AM
News Announcement ELPA Decision-Making for English Learners with Disabilities
In July, 2014, the US Department of Education released guidance that prohibits English Learner Students with Disabilities (ELSWDs) from being exempted from all four domains on annual state English language proficiency assessments. For Oregon, this me...
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Jan 14 2015 10:42AM
News Announcement Paraphrased Student Directions for Smarter Balanced Now Available
Section 6. Administering the Smarter Balanced Mathematics and English Language Arts Assessments of the Test Administration Manual has been updated to include paraphrased student directions in both English and Spanish. In addition, this section has b...
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Jan 14 2015 10:30AM
News Announcement Accessing Smarter Balanced Performance Task Classroom Activities
The Smarter Balanced Performance Tasks require that schools conduct a non-secure classroom activity with students prior to administering the assessment. Schools will be assigned English language arts (ELA) and mathematics classroom activities for eac...
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Jan 14 2015 10:08AM
News Announcement Assigning Embedded Accessibility Supports for Smarter Balanced Performance Tasks
There are multiple performance task test forms associated with each classroom activity, so while all students in a specified grade and school will participate in the same non-secure classroom activity, they will not all receive the same secure perfor...
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Jan 14 2015 9:16AM
News Announcement Achieve Releases Next Generation Science Standards Evidence Statements for High School
The NGSS Evidence Statements for High School are now available (evidence statements for elementary and middle school are under development). These statements were developed by educators and scientists, including many members of the NGSS writing team....
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Jan 12 2015 3:54PM
Calendar Update: 2014-15 Statewide Kindergarten Assessment Release
On Tuesday, January 13, 2015, the following three embargoed reports will be securely sent to District Testing Coordinators: Student Roster Report District Student Roster Report School summary (Results are disaggregated by gender and ethnicity. I...
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Jan 8 2015 9:21AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - January 8, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for January 8, 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 S...
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Jan 8 2015 9:17AM
News Announcement New Smarter Balanced Test Session How-to Video
ODE has developed this optional training video to help familiarize test administrators with using the TA Interface of OAKS Online to set up and manage a Smarter Balanced test session, as well as with the Student Interface. Using the practice tests av...
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Jan 8 2015 9:06AM
Calendar 2014-15 Test Records in Student Centered Staging and WebEx Training
OAKS Online test records for Science, Social Sciences, and the Grade 12 retest in Reading and Math are available in Student Centered Staging beginning January 8, 2015. OAKS Online records will typically be available in Student Centered Staging two da...
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Jan 7 2015 2:00PM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments
Some districts have independently contracted with AIR for access to the Smarter Balanced Interim Tests and Digital Library. Districts that independently contracted to use the Smarter Balanced Interim Tests can set up a test session with these tests b...
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Jan 7 2015 1:56PM
News Announcement Update on Tablets (iPad, Android, Chromebooks)
The OAKS and ELPA testing windows opened on Tuesday, January 6. Following are several updates on administering tests on tablets and Chromebooks: Chromebooks. AIR has completed all testing on Chrome v. 39 and determined that it is compatible with t...
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Jan 7 2015 1:53PM
News Announcement ELPA Practice Test Update Planned
The 2014-15 ELPA Practice Test currently contains graphic response (drag and drop) items and hot text items that will not appear on the operational ELPA. ODE is working with our test vendor, AIR, to remove these item types to ensure that the ELPA Pra...
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Jan 7 2015 1:49PM
Calendar ELPA21 Platform and System Trial Window is Open
The ELPA21 Platform and System Trial window opened on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. District participants in the Platform and System Trial should have received user name and password information in mid-December from the field test vendor, Questar Assessm...
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Jan 7 2015 12:12PM
Calendar Extended Assessment Braille and Large Print Orders DEADLINE January 16, 2015
The deadline for submitting Braille and Large Print orders of the Extended Assessment is January 16, 2015. Please visit the Extended Assessment website http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=178 for additional information and to access the ord...
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Jan 7 2015 12:10PM
News Announcement Extended Assessment “Overview” Module
This module has been posted on the Extended Assessment website http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=178 and is designed to: Provide an overview of Oregon’s Alternate (Extended) Assessment Based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS)....
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Jan 7 2015 12:04PM
Calendar OAKS Science and OAKS Social Sciences Testing Window Opened January 6, 2015
OAKS Science and OAKS Social Sciences became available on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 and will close on June 12, 2015. Yes, state science assessments (in our case, OAKS) are required in grades 5, 8, and once in high school per ESEA, Title I Part A,...
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Jan 7 2015 11:56AM
Calendar Informal DTC Webinar Schedule
The next Informal DTC Webinar is Wednesday, January 14. As a reminder, ODE hosts Informal DTC Webinars monthly to provide updates, clarify information, and answer questions regarding assessment and accountability policies and procedures. The meeting ...
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Jan 7 2015 11:52AM
News Announcement ODE’s New Online Meeting Provider (GoToWebinar)
Effective January 5, 2015, the Oregon Department of Education’s subscription with Cisco WebEx has expired. Moving forward, we will use a new online meeting provider -- Citrix GoToMeetings and Webinars -- for all future meetings, training sessions, et...
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Jan 7 2015 11:37AM
Calendar Change in ORS Training Meeting Information
The American Institutes for Research (AIR), our test vendor, will continue to use WebEx for online meetings. As such, AIR will host the upcoming OAKS Online Reporting System (ORS) trainings on January 8 and January 15 via WebEx. Please access these t...
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Jan 7 2015 11:31AM
Calendar 2014-15 ELPA Test Window Has Opened
The English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) window opened on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. This state assessment is required each year for all students eligible to receive Title III services. For additional information about the ELPA, please refer...
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Jan 7 2015 10:37AM
Calendar Extended Assessment Administration and Data Entry Timelines
Administration: Opens February 19, 2015 and closes at 5:00 p.m. on April 23, 2015. Assessment materials are available for download one week prior to the opening of the administration window (2/12/2015): For 2014-15: Grades 3-8, 11 Extended As...
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Jan 7 2015 10:29AM
Calendar OPPORTUNITY: Feedback and Requests for the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines
Consistent with the improvement framework described in the Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (UAAG), Smarter Balanced is collecting general recommendations regarding changes or additions that may be appropriate ...
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Jan 7 2015 9:18AM
Calendar Second Period Cumulative ADM 14-15 Closes Monday, January 12, 1015
The 14-15 Second Period Cumulative ADM collection will be closing on Monday, January 12, 2015 at 11:59 PM. Training for this collection was presented on December 4 and can be found at https://district.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=236. The Aud...
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Jan 7 2015 9:14AM
News Announcement Title-funded Staff May Administer the ELPA21 Field Test
Although Title-funded staff were not allowed to assist with the administration of the SBAC field test, ODE will allow Title-funded staff to assist with the ELPA21 field test for the following reasons: The ELPA21 field test (which will be adminis...
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Dec 18 2014 3:42PM
Calendar Important Dates for January and February 2015
Date Event Oct 16 - Sept 18, 2015 Collection Window for: IUID 2014-15 January 6 OAKS Online Reports Available through the OAKS Portal (http://oaksportal.org/) January 6 - March 13 OAKS Online Writing Performance Assessment Te...
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Dec 18 2014 3:30PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - December 18, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for December 18, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Holiday Pause for A&...
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Dec 18 2014 3:18PM
News Announcement Mac 10.10 Now Supported for Testing
On December 8, 2014, AIR released Secure Browser 7.2 for Mac 10.6 - 10.9 machines. The purpose behind releasing Secure Browser 7.2 was to address an issue with the text-to-speech functionality of the Mac 10.6 - 10.9 Secure Browser 7.0. ODE and AIR ar...
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Dec 18 2014 1:26PM
News Announcement New Tech Check Document Now Available
ODE has posted a simple Tech Check document to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=4300 to help districts answer the question, “Is your technology ready for testing?” This document briefly leads districts through the process of logging into t...
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Dec 18 2014 1:22PM
News Announcement REMINDER: Headsets for Listening and Speaking Items
In preparation for the opening of the Oregon ELPA testing window on January 6, 2015, ODE would like to remind districts that our test vendor, American Institutes for Research (AIR), keeps a small stock of ELPA-recommended headsets for district orderi...
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Dec 18 2014 1:14PM
Calendar 2014-15 ELPA Test Window Will Open January 6, 2015
The English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) window opens on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. This state assessment is required each year for all students eligible to receive Title III services. For additional information about the ELPA, please refer ...
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Dec 18 2014 1:09PM
Calendar REMINDER: 2014-15 Kindergarten Assessment Preliminary Report Review
Please report any discrepancies or errors about the 2014-15 Oregon Kindergarten Assessment (OKA) Preliminary Reports to amber.helvie@state.or.us by 5 PM on December 19. Statewide data will be released on January 13, 2015.
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Dec 18 2014 12:19PM
News Announcement Kindergarten Content and Assessment Advisory Committee Updates
The Kindergarten Content and Assessment Advisory Committee has been formed to make recommendations on the content of the Kindergarten Assessment and develop guidelines for Kindergarten Assessment report interpretation. The Committee convened for the ...
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Dec 18 2014 10:32AM
News Announcement Kindergarten Assessment 2013-14 “Look Back” Report Now Available
The 2013-14 "Look Back" report is now available on the Kindergarten Assessment Resources page. This report shows the school, district, and state level results from the 2013-14 Kindergarten Assessment. This report was updated with new subgroups for da...
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Dec 18 2014 10:15AM
Calendar OAKS Science and OAKS Social Sciences Testing Window Opens January 6
OAKS Science and OAKS Social Sciences will become available on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 and will close on June 12, 2015. Yes, state science assessments (in our case, OAKS) are required in grades 5, 8, and once in high school per ESEA, Title I Pa...
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Dec 17 2014 1:46PM
News Announcement CLOSING TOMORROW: Highlighting Teachers' Voices through the Kindergarten Assessment Survey
Thank you to those Kindergarten Teachers and Instructional Assistants who have already responded to the Kindergarten Assessment (KA) survey. If there are teachers and IAs who administered the KA but have not yet taken the survey, please help us conti...
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Dec 17 2014 1:42PM
News Announcement School-Level Test Schedule Promising Practice Now Available
In response to requests from the field, ODE has posted a new promising practice on establishing school-level test schedules for Smarter Balanced to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=2444. This document includes promising practices that distric...
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Dec 17 2014 1:36PM
News Announcement District Technology Capacity Report Now Available
To further support our schools during Oregon's transition to the Smarter Balanced assessments, ODE recently administered a survey to collect information regarding our state's technology readiness. To help districts gauge their technology capacity rel...
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Dec 17 2014 1:31PM
Calendar Grade 12 Retest Window Opens January 6
Grade 12 retest opportunities in the areas of reading, writing, and mathematics will become available for eligible seniors starting on Tuesday, January 6, 2015. The items on the retest are taken from the pool of high school items that comprised the ...
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Dec 17 2014 9:20AM
Calendar APPLICATION CLOSING: Professional Development Event: Building Educator Assessment Literacy
As a reminder, the application for Building Educator Assessment Literacy, a free, two-day face-to-face professional development event with a five-week virtual learning extension opportunity, must be completed by this Saturday, December 20. Please app...
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Dec 17 2014 9:14AM
News Announcement Grade 12 Writing Retest Available in Spanish
To clarify, as in past years, the Grade 12 Writing Retest remains available in Spanish for eligible English Learner students. The description of the “Administration of the Spanish/English writing prompts” designated support has been clarified in the ...
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Dec 11 2014 12:02PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - December 11, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for December 11, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Professional Develop...
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Dec 11 2014 11:39AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment 2014-15 Preliminary Report Review
The preliminary student-level results of the 2014-15 Oregon Kindergarten Assessment (OKA) are now available for districts to review. Districts received reports through secure file transfer on Monday, December 8 and have until December 19 to review an...
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Dec 11 2014 11:29AM
Calendar New Professional Development Event: Building Educator Assessment Literacy
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB), in collaboration with WestEd and SCALE, want to let you know about Building Educator Assessment Literacy, a free, two-day face-to-face professional development eve...
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Dec 11 2014 11:07AM
Calendar Extended Assessment Standard Setting OPPORTUNITY
We are looking to identify special education teachers and content specialists (across Elementary, Middle, and High School) in ELA, Math, and Science to serve on our 2014-15 Extended Assessment Standard Setting Panel to set new cut scores and achievem...
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Dec 11 2014 11:04AM
News Announcement Highlighting Teachers' Voices through the Kindergarten Assessment Survey
Thank you to those with Kindergarten Teachers and Instructional Assistants who already responded to the Kindergarten Assessment (KA) survey. If there are teachers and IAs who administered the KA but have not yet taken the survey, this message is for ...
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Dec 11 2014 11:00AM
News Announcement New Classroom Activity Promising Practice Now Available
In response to requests from the field, ODE has posted a new promising practice on administering the Smarter Balanced classroom activity to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=2444. This document includes several promising practices that teacher...
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Dec 11 2014 10:43AM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Setting Video Now Available
Smarter Balanced recently released a video highlighting the Achievement Level Setting process for the new assessments and featuring panelists from Oregon and other member states. The video is just over 8 minutes and is available through YouTube at ht...
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Dec 4 2014 4:15PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - December 4, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for December 4, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Professional Developm...
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Dec 4 2014 4:09PM
News Announcement New Secure Browser 7.2 for Mac 10.6 to 10.9 Available Dec. 8
In the November 13 issue of the AA Update, ODE alerted the field to an issue with the text-to-speech functionality of the Mac 10.6 - 10.9 Secure Browser 7.0 (released October 1, 2014). As identified in that November 13 communication, resolution of th...
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Dec 3 2014 2:32PM
Calendar Professional Development Event: Building Educator Assessment Literacy
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB), in collaboration with WestEd and SCALE, want to let you know about Building Educator Assessment Literacy, a free, two-day face-to-face professional development eve...
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Dec 3 2014 2:24PM
Calendar Informal DTC WebEx Meetings Begin December 10
Beginning Wednesday, December 10, ODE will host Informal DTC WebEx meetings monthly to provide updates, clarify information, and answer questions regarding assessment and accountability policies and procedures. The first Informal DTC WebEx will begin...
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Dec 3 2014 2:15PM
Calendar REMINDER: DTC Training Feedback Requested
ODE would like your feedback on the new DTC training format used this year. If you would like to share your thoughts, please click here to respond to a brief survey by December 12, 2014. ODE will use your input to identify improvements for future yea...
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Dec 3 2014 2:05PM
Calendar REMINDER: Upcoming Downtime for Practice Tests and Online Reporting System
All Practice Tests (OAKS, ELPA, Smarter Balanced) will be offline from 6 AM (PT) on Monday, December 15 until 6 AM (PT) on Tuesday, December 30 for maintenance and testing of the servers in preparation for deployment of the operational OAKS and ELPA ...
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Dec 3 2014 2:02PM
News Announcement Secure Browser for Windows 8.0 and 8.1 Computers with Touchscreens
Windows Secure Browser 7.0 should not be used on computers with Windows 8.0 and 8.1 that have touchscreens. If you are planning to administer OAKS, ELPA, or Smarter Balanced tests on a Windows 8.0 or 8.1 computer with a touchscreen please notify your...
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Dec 3 2014 1:48PM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Training Modules Now Available
Smarter Balanced-provided training modules are now available under the General Section of the Common Core State Standards - Assessment webpage. Modules cover a broad range of topics, including: Accessibility and Accommodations Embedded Universal ...
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Dec 3 2014 1:45PM
News Announcement NEW RESOURCE: 5 Quick Facts About Oregon's New State Tests
Available in both English and Spanish, this document provides a short overview of the Smarter Balanced tests by addressing target misinformation areas, including test development, teacher input, and use of student information. You can access the Spa...
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Dec 3 2014 1:21PM
Calendar Second Period Cumulative ADM 14-15 Open December 11 - January 12
The 14-15 Second Period Cumulative ADM collection will be open beginning December 11, 2014 until 11:59 PM on January 12, 2015. Training for this collection was presented on December 4 and can be found at https://district.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?...
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Dec 3 2014 1:12PM
News Announcement Achieve Releases Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
These sample high school and middle school tasks, written by secondary science and math teachers, provide examples of how content and practices from both the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathe...
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Nov 26 2014 12:00AM
News Announcement New 2014-15 Oregon Extended Assessment
New 2014-15 Oregon Extended Assessment The Oregon Department of Education has partnered with Behavioral Research & Teaching at the University of Oregon to develop a new Oregon Extended Assessment (ORExt). The substantive redesign will support measuri...
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Nov 20 2014 12:14PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - November 20, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for November 20, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Districts Needed to ...
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Nov 20 2014 12:11PM
Calendar Districts Needed to Participate in the ELPA21 Field Test
Additional Oregon involvement in the ELPA21 Field Test is needed to ensure we are able to gauge how well the test works and what improvements are necessary prior to going operational. ELPA21 offers flexible participation and administration of the Fie...
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Nov 20 2014 12:00PM
Calendar Technology Readiness Survey Closes December 1, 2014
As a reminder, ODE is currently collecting information from districts regarding their overall technological capacity to deploy the Smarter Balanced assessments. If you have not already done so, please complete the survey with your Information Technol...
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Nov 20 2014 11:57AM
News Announcement New Resource: Lessons Learned from the Smarter Balanced Field Test
Lessons Learned - Smarter Balanced Field Test provides an overview of the Smarter Balanced field test and feedback efforts, Oregon- and Consortium-specific insights collected across 13 member states, and recommended practices for preparing test admi...
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Nov 19 2014 3:55PM
News Announcement Notice: ELPA21 Registration Confirmation
For schools that have registered or intend to register for the ELPA21 Field Test and/or Platform and System Trial, please note that registration confirmation emails will be sent to your contact (listed during the registration process) directly from Q...
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Nov 19 2014 3:50PM
Calendar New STC/TA Training Resource Available and DTC Training Feedback Requested
In response to several requests from District Test Coordinators, ODE has posted a copy of the PowerPoint used in the ODE-facilitated DTC training WebEx to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2744. While not a requirement, districts may use thi...
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Nov 19 2014 3:47PM
News Announcement No Updates on Secure Browser for Mac 10.6 - 10.9
Last week, ODE shared that AIR had learned of an issue with the text-to-speech functionality of the Mac 10.6 - 10.9 secure browser 7.0 (released on October 1, 2014). AIR is working on an updated secure browser for Mac 10.6 - 10.9 computers that will ...
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Nov 19 2014 3:42PM
News Announcement Statewide ELA Assessments and IEP Team Decision Making
In an effort to parallel the changes brought about by the Common Core standards and new Smarter Balanced assessments, the new Extended Assessment has combined reading and writing into ELA (English/Language Arts). Further, the new IEP under developmen...
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Nov 19 2014 3:37PM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment Review Window
The Kindergarten Assessment Review Window is open from Tuesday, November 18 to Friday, November 28. During the review window, districts have the opportunity to view and correct identified audit items, checked against 1st Period ADM, that include: Mis...
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Nov 19 2014 3:35PM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced States Approve Preliminary Achievement Levels
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) voted to approve preliminary achievement levels for the ELA and math assessments Friday, November 14. The vote marks the culmination of an extensive collaborative process spanning several months and i...
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Nov 13 2014 10:53AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - November 13, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for November 13, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Stay tuned for futur...
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Nov 12 2014 2:54PM
Calendar Online Reporting System Offline for Updates December 19 - January 5
The Oregon Online Reporting System will be offline for updates from 6 AM (PT) on Friday, December 19 until 6 AM (PT) on Tuesday, January 6. This is a change from the previously posted dates of December 24 through January 5.
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Nov 12 2014 2:50PM
News Announcement Title I-A Funds May Not Be Used for State Testing
During last week's 2014-15 DTC training, several DTCs asked whether staff funded solely out of Title I-A may administer Oregon's statewide assessments. The answer is no, these staff may not administer statewide assessments because it is considered su...
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Nov 12 2014 2:48PM
News Announcement Secure Browser for Mac 10.6 - 10.9
AIR has learned of an issue with the text-to-speech functionality of the Mac 10.6 - 10.9 secure browser 7.0 (released on October 1, 2014). If a student testing on a Mac 10.6 - 10.9 computer tries to pause the text-to-speech feature in the middle of a...
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Nov 12 2014 2:44PM
News Announcement Comparison Group Reports for 2013-14
Socioeconomic status (SES) Ranks and Comparison Groups for the 2013-14 Oregon Statewide Assessment results for reading/literature and mathematics (grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11), writing (grade 11), and science (grades 5, 8, and 11) are now availab...
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Nov 6 2014 10:36AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - November 6, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for November 6, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements NEW RESOURCES: Assess...
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Nov 6 2014 10:24AM
News Announcement Sign Language Interpreter Accessibility Support: Update & Training Information
ODE continues to offer a training and proficiency system for test administrators using a sign language interpreter accessibility support for an applicable statewide assessment administration. The website has a NEW address this year and a little bit o...
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Nov 6 2014 10:14AM
News Announcement Support for Chrome OS 36 and 37
The Oregon Support Plan released in July 2014 indicated that secure testing is supported on Chromebooks using versions 31 to 35 of the Chrome Operating system (OS). Since that time, versions 36-38 of Chrome OS have been released. The American Institu...
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Nov 5 2014 1:29PM
News Announcement NEW RESOURCES: Assessment Communications
The following resources are now available to assist schools and districts in communicating about state assessments: Smarter Balanced Communications Toolkit for Oregon Educators : Tailored to Oregon and further customizable per your school or distr...
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Nov 5 2014 1:22PM
News Announcement ELPA Training Module Updated
Training Module 7 for the ELPA has been updated due to an incorrect date on Slide 13, bullet #4. The corrected version of the slideshow has been posted to the Test Coordinators Training Materials page at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=274...
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Nov 5 2014 12:07PM
News Announcement ELPA 4-Domain Exemption Option Removed from TIDE
As a reminder, no 4-domain exemptions will be allowed on the ELPA for 2014-15 based on a recent clarification from the US Department of Education. ODE's test vendor, American Institutes for Research, has updated the TIDE system so that the option to...
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Oct 31 2014 12:07PM
Calendar Important Dates for November and December 2014
Date Event Oct 16 - Sept 18, 2015 Collection Window for: IUID 2014-15 November 1 Deadline for DTCs to independently review required DTC training modules and complete DTC training survey November 4 - 6 Required 2014-15 DTC Trai...
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Oct 30 2014 11:34AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - October 30, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for October 30, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Stay tuned for future...
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Oct 29 2014 11:54AM
Calendar Two Days Remaining to Review 2014-15 DTC Training Modules and Complete Survey
As a reminder, to satisfy the 2014-15 District Test Coordinator (DTC) training requirements, all DTCs must watch all 2014-15 DTC training modules and complete the training survey posted to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2744 by November 1...
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Oct 29 2014 11:12AM
News Announcement Extended Assessment High School Retake Policy
Executive Numbered memo 002-2012-13 has been revised slightly to clarify that the extended assessment high school retake policy applies to those assessments used to demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills. To access the full wording of the nu...
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Oct 29 2014 11:09AM
Calendar CLOSING: The Kindergarten Assessment Data Submission Window
Districts must submit all Kindergarten Assessment data by Friday, October 31.
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Oct 23 2014 1:28PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - October 23, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for October 23, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Draft Versions of Com...
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Oct 23 2014 1:17PM
News Announcement Register for the ELPA21 Field Test Today!
Registration for the ELPA21 Field Test and Platform and System Trial has been extended. If you haven't already registered your school or district, you can do so today by clicking here. Participating in the field test is an excellent opportunity ...
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Oct 23 2014 9:18AM
News Announcement Draft Versions of Common Core-Aligned Writing Scoring Guide Posted
As part of the shift to the Common Core State Standards, ODE has undertaken a process of determining the degree of alignment of official scoring guides to the skills and language embedded in the Common Core. As part of that project, ODE has worked wi...
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Oct 23 2014 9:11AM
News Announcement 2014-15 Practice Tests Now Available
The Smarter Balanced Math and ELA, OAKS Science and Social Sciences, Grade 12 Retest, and ELPA practice tests are now available through the OAKS Portal www.oaksportal.org. All practice tests can be accessed through the Oregon Secure Browser. OAKS and...
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Oct 23 2014 9:06AM
Calendar Deadline for 2014-15 DTC Training Modules and Survey is November 1
As a reminder, to satisfy the 2014-15 District Test Coordinator (DTC) training requirements, all DTCs must: Watch the 2014-15 DTC training modules posted to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2744 by November 1; Complete the 2014-15 Train...
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Oct 23 2014 9:03AM
News Announcement Windows 7 Drivers for USB Headsets
For districts testing on Windows 7 machines, updated drivers must be installed before using USB headsets purchased through AIR for the ELPA, Smarter ELA listening items, or any test including text-to-speech. These drivers are necessary to properly co...
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Oct 23 2014 8:59AM
News Announcement Update on Support for iOS 8
In the October 16 AA Update, ODE announced that its test vendor AIR was investigating the compatibility of iOS 8 with the 2014-15 secure browser to determine whether they could support iOS 8 for testing this year despite its release after the May 1 d...
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Oct 23 2014 8:55AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment Review
The open date for the Kindergarten Assessment Review Window has been changed. The window will open on Tuesday, November 18 and close on Friday, November 28. During the review window, districts have the opportunity to view and correct identified audi...
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Oct 23 2014 8:32AM
Calendar Extended Assessment: Braille and Large Print Order Window
The window for ordering Braille and Large Print versions of the Extended Assessments will open November 17. The deadline for ordering submissions is January 16, 2015. Incomplete or unsigned order forms will not be processed. Please find additional in...
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Oct 16 2014 3:57PM
Calendar Important Dates for October and November 2014
Date Event October 1 - November 1 DTCs independently review required DTC training modules and complete DTC training survey October 6 ELPA21 Field Test and Platform and System Trial Registration Opens October 15 or 18 PSAT/NMSQ...
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Oct 16 2014 3:35PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - October 16, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for October 16, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements REGISTRATION EXTENDED...
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Oct 15 2014 1:43PM
Calendar REGISTRATION EXTENDED: ELPA21 Platform and System Trial and Field Test Registration
Registration for both the ELPA21 Platform and System Trial and Field Test will continue beyond the initial October 17 deadline. Register today for this important practice run of our incoming ELPA21 assessment. Please view Oregon ELPA21 registrat...
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Oct 15 2014 1:40PM
Calendar Smarter Balanced Assessments In-Person Training Workshops
The Oregon Department of Education, in collaboration with your Regional ESD Partners, is pleased to offer Smarter Balanced Assessments in-person training workshops on the following dates: Math - Bryan Toller ELA - Ken Hermens Date Loc...
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Oct 15 2014 1:39PM
News Announcement 2014-15 Secure Browser Clarification
There has been some confusion whether schools will need to download two different Secure Browsers (one from the Smarter Balanced portal and one from the OAKS portal) in order to be ready for testing this year. Schools will only need to download the a...
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Oct 15 2014 1:38PM
News Announcement 2014-15 Practice Tests Still Under Development
The release of the Smarter Balanced Math and ELA, OAKS Science and Social Sciences, Grade 12 Retests, and ELPA practice tests has been delayed so that the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and their contractor, the American Institutes for Research...
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Oct 15 2014 1:38PM
News Announcement Linux Secure Browser Now Available
The OAKS Secure Browser 6.5 for Linux was released on October 15 and is now available for download through the OAKS Portal at www.oaksportal.org. After installing the Secure Browser you must reboot your computer before administering any tests. The br...
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Oct 15 2014 1:35PM
News Announcement Investigating Support for iOS 8
The 2014-15 secure browser for iPads supports iOS 6.0, 6.1, 7.0, and 7.1. However, many schools have begun buying new iPads which use the new iOS 8 operating system, which was released in September 2014. As described in the 2014-15 Support Plan , maj...
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Oct 15 2014 1:33PM
Calendar CLOSING: Kindergarten Assessment Testing Window
The Kindergarten Assessment Testing Window closes Thursday, October 23. Districts must complete all Kindergarten Assessments by the end of the day and submit all Kindergarten Assessment data by Friday, October 31.
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Oct 15 2014 1:31PM
News Announcement Proper Identification of and Kindergarten Assessment Administration Procedures for Spanish-Speaking English Learners
It has come to ODE's attention that there have been instances where students have been administered both the English and Spanish forms for the Kindergarten Assessment. In these cases, students have been double assessed. As a reminder, districts are e...
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Oct 15 2014 1:28PM
News Announcement Parents in the Secure Test Environment
In many cases, Kindergarten is a child's first experience of a formalized education setting, and parents may feel anxious about the Kindergarten Assessment. To support districts in sharing information about the assessment with parents, ODE has create...
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Oct 15 2014 9:08AM
News Announcement Access to Student assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone (ASPIRE)
Established in 2007 in HB 2729, the program is designed to help students access education and training beyond high school. Students receive information about college options, admissions, and financial aid from trained and supportive volunteers who ment...
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Oct 9 2014 12:04PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - October 9, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for October 9, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Opportunity: Essential S...
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Oct 9 2014 10:55AM
Calendar ELPA21 Platform and System Trial and Field Test Registration
Registration for both the ELPA21 Field Test and the Platform and System Trial is open October 6 - 17, 2014. Oregon's participation in the computer-based Field Test and the Platform and System Trial will lead to a better operational assessment ...
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Oct 8 2014 11:50AM
News Announcement Test Administrator Training
On October 1, ODE posted the 2014-15 DTC Modules that all District Test Coordinators (DTCs) are required to view prior to completing the 2014-15 training survey and attending one of the required ODE-facilitated training WebExes. DTCs must also use th...
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Oct 8 2014 11:46AM
News Announcement Linux Operating Systems: Requirements for Text-to-Speech
Districts using Linux operating systems to deliver online tests with Text-to-Speech enabled must install Festival, SoX, and a supported voice pack prior to testing. Two voice packs are supported, and districts must select and install one: Kevin or Ku...
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Oct 8 2014 11:42AM
News Announcement External Keyboards Required for Smarter Balanced Tests Administered Via Tablet
External keyboards are required in all cases unless specified differently by a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan. Any form of external keyboard that disables the on-screen virtual keyboard is acceptable. This includes mecha...
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Oct 8 2014 11:37AM
News Announcement 2014-15 Oregon Extended Assessment Administration Manual
The 2014-15 Oregon Extended Assessment Administration Manual is posted on Oregon's Extended Assessment webpage at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=178. This manual is intended for educators and . parents who are interested in a general o...
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Oct 8 2014 11:26AM
Calendar Essential Skills and Local Performance Assessment Manual Posted and Training WebEx Dates Announced
The final version of the Essential Skills and Local Performance Assessment Manual has been posted. This document describes the requirements for Essential Skills assessment options - including requirements regarding development, administration, and s...
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Oct 8 2014 11:20AM
Calendar CLOSING: The Achievement Compact Collection - Wednesday, October 15
The Achievement Compact Collection closes at 11:59 PM on October 15. Step by step instructions for accessing the collection can be found in the Achievement Compact How To Guide starting on page 17. The How To Guide and other useful information ...
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Oct 7 2014 9:35AM
Calendar ODE Offering Essential Skills Work Sample Scoring Opportunity
ODE will be offering a training/calibration opportunity for a panel of educators to participate in Essential Skills work sample scoring during the second week of November: November 12-13 for mathematics scoring, and November 13-14 for reading scoring...
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Oct 3 2014 5:16PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Checklist for 2014-15 Revised
The Assessment & Accountability Checklist for 2014-15 has been revised and posted at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=472. Please note the revision history on pages 49-50.
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Oct 2 2014 2:18PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - October 2, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for October 2, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Opportunity: Assessment ...
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Oct 2 2014 2:16PM
Calendar Opportunity: Assessment Professional Development Providers Needed - Application Due Noon Friday, October, 10
ODE has partnered with WestEd, SCALE (Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity), and several other states to implement a project that will provide professional development to build educators’ assessment knowledge. ODE is seeking applicati...
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Oct 2 2014 2:14PM
News Announcement Assessment Communication Resources for Parents and Educators
Visit ODE’s Assessment Communication Tools and Networks page at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1308 for parent-friendly communication resources on assessments, including: Smarter Balanced Factsheet, FAQ, and PowerPoints ELPA21 Informa...
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Oct 2 2014 2:12PM
News Announcement Final 2014-15 Test Administration Manual Now Available
ODE has posted the final 2014-15 Test Administration Manual (TAM) to http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/tam. The TAM provides districts with all policies and requirements governing administration of the 2014-15 Oregon Statewide Assessments, including the ...
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Oct 2 2014 2:10PM
Calendar 2014-15 DTC Training Modules Now Available
ODE has posted the 2014-15 Test Administration and Security Training Modules and a 2014-15 Training Survey to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2744. New for 2014-15, all District Test Coordinators (DTCs) must watch these modules independent...
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Oct 2 2014 2:08PM
News Announcement 2014-15 TIDE and TIDE User Guide Now Available
The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) of the OAKS Online System is now available for authorized users through the OAKS Portal http://oaksportal.org/. TIDE allows authorized district and school personnel to manage user and student informatio...
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Oct 2 2014 2:07PM
Calendar Secure Browser 7.0 for Windows and Mac 10.6 - 10.9 Now Available
Secure Browser 7.0 for Windows and Mac 10.6 - 10.9 is now available for download. Secure Browser 7.0 may be downloaded and installed on all supported operating systems running Mac 10.6-10.9 or Windows except for touch-screen laptops running Windows 8...
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Oct 2 2014 2:05PM
News Announcement New Essential Skills Resources Available Online
Communicate with your Parents and Students about 2014-15 Graduation Requirements Oregon's Transition to Smarter Balanced Assessments is a document for schools and districts to customize and use to communicate about graduation requirements and t...
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Sep 25 2014 11:30AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - September 25, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for September 25, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Assessment Guidance R...
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Sep 25 2014 11:14AM
News Announcement Assessment Guidance Resources Available
Assessment planning resources are currently available at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=512, and include those listed below. These materials are intended to be informational resources for districts. To develop the lists below, ODE surve...
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