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May 21 2015 2:09PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - May 21, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for May 21, 2015. 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 art...
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May 21 2015 1:37PM
News Announcement Providing Access to the Kindergarten Assessment for Private School Students
The Kindergarten Assessment will not be available to private school students during the 2015-16 administration. ODE is evaluating the feasibility of making this assessment available to private school students in subsequent years.
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May 20 2015 5:10PM
Calendar Preliminary 2015-16 Test Administration Manual Now Available
ODE has posted the Preliminary 2015-16 Test Administration Manual to http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/tam. The Preliminary TAM contains all final policies for the 2015-16 Kindergarten Assessment administration (Section 10). For all other assessments, th...
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May 20 2015 5:05PM
Calendar OAKS Extended Assessment 2014-15 Test Records Available
OAKS Extended Assessment Grade 12 Retest records (reading, writing, and math) are currently available Student Centered Staging, Accountability Warehouse Extract (AWE), and Secure Assessment Reports 2.0 on the ODE secure district website. District Tes...
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May 20 2015 5:01PM
Calendar ELPA April 2015 Test Scores Available on May 22
Scores for students who completed the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) between April 1 and April 15, 2015 will be posted in Student Centered Staging, Accountability Warehouse Extract (AWE), and Secure Assessment Reports 2.0 on the ODE s...
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May 14 2015 1:33PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - May 14, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for May 14, 2015. 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 art...
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May 14 2015 1:28PM
Calendar Change of Dates for Online Reporting System Downtime
We previously announced that the Online Reporting System (ORS) would be offline on May 14 for updates prior to posting Smarter Balanced test results. Due to the need for additional data review, ODE communicated on May 7 that Smarter Balanced test res...
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May 14 2015 11:19AM
Calendar PSAT 2015 Ordering Information and Important Deadlines
The Oregon Department of Education will once again fund PSAT/NMSQT tests taken by eligible grade 10 students per ORS 329.488 (http://www.oregonlaws.org/ors/329.488). For additional information visit https://www.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt/administeri...
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May 14 2015 11:09AM
Calendar Changing Test Settings After a Student Begins a Test
Language (including Braille and foreign-language glossaries), ASL, closed captioning, streamlined mode, item type exclusions, and ELPA domain exemptions cannot be changed after a student starts a test. All other test settings can be changed if the st...
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May 14 2015 11:04AM
Calendar Feedback Request: Secure Browser and Operating System Support Survey
ODE is working with its test vendor, AIR, on development for the 2015-16 online testing system. As part of this process, ODE and AIR have several policy questions related to the secure browser and supported operating systems on which we would like di...
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May 14 2015 10:56AM
News Announcement Now Supporting Chrome OS version 42
ODE and AIR are now supporting testing on Chrome OS version 42 for Chromebooks. Upgrading to Chrome OS version 42 is optional. We continue to support Chrome OS 31 to 41 in addition to Chrome OS version 42. An updated 2014-15 Support Plan is availabl...
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May 14 2015 10:51AM
Calendar Extended Assessments: Performance Scores
Due to the rollout of a new Extended Assessment (linked to CCSS) this year and, consequently, the need to establish new cut scores, grades 3-8 and 11 performance scores will be available to districts July 10, 2015. For districts who submitted Grade 1...
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May 14 2015 10:48AM
Calendar REMINDER: Kindergarten Assessment TIDE Window Opens May 26
The 2015-16 Kindergarten Assessment order window will open May 26, 2015 and close on June 30, 2015. Districts will order assessment materials through OAKS TIDE based on anticipated Kindergarten enrollment. When ordering, districts will specify one of...
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May 14 2015 10:44AM
News Announcement Oregon Kindergarten Assessment 2015-16 Field Test
Over the past 7 months, ODE has convened several stakeholder groups including the Kindergarten Assessment Content and Advisory Panel, Spanish Kindergarten Assessment Advisory workshop group, and the Assessment Advisory Committee to gather feedback re...
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May 7 2015 11:29AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - May 7, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for May 7, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Final Informal DTC Webinar...
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May 7 2015 11:10AM
News Announcement Names of Classroom Activities and Performance Tasks
Every Smarter Balanced classroom activity has several performance task forms associated with it. These performance task forms all include content that is related to the classroom activity, but the title the student sees in the Test Delivery System fo...
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May 7 2015 9:17AM
Calendar Final Informal DTC Webinar - Wednesday, May 13
The final Informal DTC Webinar of the school year is scheduled for 9:30 to 10:30 AM on Wednesday, May 13. Please register for this webinar by clicking on the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2555661210625425665. After registe...
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May 7 2015 9:14AM
News Announcement Remember Support for All of your Test Administrators
In addition to ensuring that all test administrators administering tests to students in your district have received their annual test administration and security training, it is critical that District Test Coordinators disseminate ODE-issued testing ...
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May 7 2015 9:08AM
News Announcement Submitting Student Comments for Smarter Balanced Assessments
Section 3.3 Responding to Student Questions During an Assessment of the 2014-15 Test Administration Manual states that, “If a student is concerned about an item, TAs may direct the student to enter the concern in Online Comments.” ODE has heard conc...
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May 7 2015 9:03AM
Calendar ELPA Batch 3 Test Scores Available May 8, 2015
Scores for students who completed the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) between March 1 and March 31, 2015 will be posted in Student Centered Staging, Accountability Warehouse Extract (AWE), and Secure Assessment Reports 2.0 on the ODE s...
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May 7 2015 8:58AM
Calendar Smarter Balanced Data Available June 5
Due to the need for additional data review, the Smarter Balanced test records will be posted in Student Centered Staging and Accountability Warehouse Extract (AWE) on Friday, June 5, 2015. The results are going through additional quality control at A...
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Apr 30 2015 2:13PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - April 30, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for April 30, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS SPECIAL TOPIC: Smarter ...
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Apr 30 2015 1:11PM
Calendar Important Dates for May 2015
Date Event May 1 OAKS Online Writing Appeals Due to ODE May 4 @ 2 PM Webinar: Training for Freshman On-Track Collection 2014-15 May 7 @ 2 PM Webinar: Student Centered Staging (Editing/Checking Assessment Records) May 7 -...
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Apr 30 2015 12:58PM
News Announcement Communication Resources: Essential Skills Handouts
Two Essential Skills resources are now available to better support teachers and district personnel as they communicate about graduation requirements during the transition to Smarter Balanced assessments. The Teacher Handout includes key talking p...
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Apr 30 2015 12:47PM
News Announcement Work Sample Tasks and Exemplars Posted
Work has been completed on two major projects relating to Essential Skills Work Sample tasks, and the results are now posted on the ODE website. First, additional reading, writing, and mathematics tasks have been added to the Secure Work Sample Task...
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Apr 29 2015 4:07PM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Hand-Scoring Information
While multiple parts of the Smarter Balanced assessments are computer-scored, others require hand-scoring (human scoring). Our test vendor, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), subcontracts with Data Recognition Corporation (DRC) for hand-scor...
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Apr 29 2015 4:05PM
News Announcement Information to Include in Help Desk Emails
Often users email the AIR Help Desk about an issue but do not include key information that the Help Desk needs in order to work on the case. This can result in a delay while the Help Desk agents attempt to reach the school or district to collect more...
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Apr 29 2015 3:59PM
News Announcement Both Valid Performance Task and CAT Required to Generate a Score
In order for a student to receive a score on the Smarter Balanced English language arts (ELA) or mathematics assessments, the student must have completed both the performance task (PT) and computer-adaptive test (CAT) for that content area. Please no...
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Apr 29 2015 3:56PM
News Announcement Number of Items on Smarter Balanced Performance Tasks
Each Smarter Balanced Classroom Activity is associated with multiple Performance Task test forms. Students taking a Performance Task in the same classroom at the same time are likely to receive different test forms with different numbers of questions...
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Apr 23 2015 1:50PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - April 23, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for April 23, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements CONTACT TREE: Assessmen...
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Apr 23 2015 1:14PM
Calendar Freshman On-Track Video Training on May 4, 2015
The video training webinar “Freshman On-Track” is scheduled for Monday, May 4 at 2 PM and will be recorded for later viewing. The focus of the training is on how to navigate the Freshman On-Track collection which opens May 14 and runs through June 29...
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Apr 23 2015 12:50PM
News Announcement Assessment with iOS 8.3
As announced earlier, preliminary testing by AIR identified security issues with iOS 8.3 when it is used with a wireless keyboard. Further testing by AIR has identified a security issue that affects both wired and wireless keyboards. In some cases, w...
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Apr 23 2015 10:56AM
News Announcement REMINDER: 10 Day Expiration in Effect for Smarter Balanced Performance Tasks (PT)
Section 4.4 Pause Rules and Expirations of the 2014-15 Test Administration Manual states that, “the PT portion of the Smarter Balanced assessments … remains active for only ten calendar days after the student has begun the PT. As a best practice, ODE...
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Apr 23 2015 10:47AM
Calendar Assessment System Maintenance in May 2015
May 1-3 Test Delivery System Maintenance Cancelled The 2014-15 Test Schedule states that the Test Delivery System (TDS) is scheduled to go offline May 1 - 3 for scheduled maintenance. However, ODE’s test vendor AIR has confirmed that no maintenance ...
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Apr 23 2015 10:43AM
News Announcement Security Issue with iOS 8.3 and Wireless Keyboards
Apple recently released iOS 8.3 for iPads. Preliminary testing by AIR found that there are security issues when iOS 8.3 is used with a wireless keyboard for student testing. Apple has been alerted to these issues and has confirmed that there are pote...
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Apr 23 2015 9:54AM
Calendar REMINDER: Extended Assessment Data Entry Confirmation
Per our Oregon’s Qualified Assessor and Qualified Trainer trainings and information posted on the respective Oregon Alternate (Extended) Assessment websites, for 2014-15 only, our system is not set-up to generate a message or report confirming the q...
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Apr 23 2015 9:40AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment Training Webinars
If you are a District Testing Coordinator, please sign up at http://goo.gl/forms/zMtbE5H0hZ to attend one of the following Kindergarten Assessment Webinar Trainings by Thursday, April 30, 2015: Tuesday, May 26, 2015: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Tuesday, Au...
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Apr 23 2015 9:10AM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced: Is the Test Delivery System Skipping Items?
When reviewing items on a test, students sometimes go back and delete a response to an item. For example, a student may answer questions 1 through 14 on a Smarter Balanced CAT test during a testing session and then when reviewing responses decide to ...
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Apr 23 2015 9:01AM
Calendar Student Centered Staging Video Training on May 7, 2015
The video training webinar “Student Centered Staging (Editing/Checking Assessment Data)” is scheduled for Thursday, May 7 at 2 PM and will be recorded for later viewing. This webinar will focus on management of assessment data in Student Centered Sta...
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Apr 23 2015 8:56AM
Calendar Formative Assessment Insights - Free, Online Course
The Oregon Department of Education, in partnership with WestEd, is offering a free, online course to develop participants’ knowledge and skills in implementing formative assessment practices effectively in support of deeper learning. K-12 teachers in...
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Apr 16 2015 1:21PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - April 16, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for April 16, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements CONTACT TREE: Assessmen...
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Apr 16 2015 1:10PM
News Announcement Achievement Standards Summary 2014-15 Now Available
Available through our Achievement/Performance Standards webpage, this summary outlines the achievement standards for Oregon’s Statewide Assessments by content area and grade/benchmark level, and now includes cut scores (“levels”) for the Smarter Bala...
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Apr 16 2015 1:07PM
News Announcement Assessment Webpage Renovation
Our team is pleased to announce that we will be renovating our assessment webpages in the coming weeks to better assist visitors in site and resource access. This project will include improving page navigation, merging pages that duplicate informatio...
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Apr 16 2015 12:59PM
News Announcement Text-to-Speech Options
A document providing a brief overview of the options for Text-to-Speech (TTS) on the ELA and Mathematics tests for Items, Passages, and Stimuli has been posted on the Statewide Assessment Accessibility Supports webpage at http://www.ode.state.or.us/s...
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Apr 16 2015 12:54PM
News Announcement Postsecondary Smarter Balanced Placement Agreements
In support of our state’s implementation of high academic standards and corresponding assessments, Oregon community colleges and universities recently adopted preliminary statewide agreements uniting Smarter Balanced test scores with placement in hig...
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Apr 15 2015 2:06PM
News Announcement CONTACT TREE: Assessment and Accountability Supports
The following are primary contacts for test administration and accountability reporting support covering a range of needs: Regional ESD Partners: http://www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/testing/oaks/esdpartners.pdf First point of contac...
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Apr 15 2015 2:00PM
News Announcement Target Up
Students who have “target up” enabled in TIDE should only be able to access the test in the subject for which “target up” is enabled in the targeted up grade. However, the testing system was configured so that students could access both the on-grade ...
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Apr 15 2015 1:58PM
News Announcement Using iPads with iOS 8.1.3+ for Student Testing
iPads using version 8.1.3 and higher of iOS can be configured with custom profiles that restrict student access to the iOS dictionary, predictive keyboard, spell check, and auto-correction. For detailed information on how to configure an iPad using i...
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Apr 15 2015 1:54PM
Calendar ELPA Window Now Closed
The 2014-15 testing window for the ELPA closed at the end of the day on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. ELPA Batch 3 results are expected to be available in Online Reporting and to be posted in Student Centered Staging on Friday, May 8 for students who su...
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Apr 15 2015 1:50PM
Calendar REMINDER: Extended Assessment Data Entry
With the advent of the 2014-15 Extended Assessment -- including the change to accessing and entering student test data for grades 3-8,11 -- this notice is intended to serve as a gentle reminder that when all of the data entry for these students is co...
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Apr 15 2015 1:43PM
Calendar Preparing for the 2015-16 Kindergarten Assessment - Updates
KA Training Webinars If you are a District Testing Coordinator, please register with your Regional ESD Partner to attend one of the following Kindergarten Assessment Webinar Trainings by Thursday, April 30, 2015: Tuesday, May 26, 2015: 3:30 PM ...
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Apr 15 2015 1:37PM
Calendar Grade 12 OAKS Writing Retest Scores Available
The scores for the Grade 12 OAKS Writing retest opportunity are now available to districts. They can be accessed through Student Staging, the Accountability Warehouse Extract (AWE), or through the Online Reporting System. Appealing the scores is stil...
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Apr 15 2015 1:28PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Checklist for 2014-15 Updated April 13, 2015
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. Changes of note: Webinar Training Dates LEP and Recent A...
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Apr 9 2015 11:26AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - April 9, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for April 9, 2015. 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 ar...
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Apr 8 2015 5:24PM
News Announcement Selecting the Correct Test in the Test Administrator (TA) Interface
ODE has received numerous reports of test administrators selecting the wrong tests in the TA interface mainly, but not solely, in regards to the Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments. Due to the amount of exposure students receive when being administe...
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Apr 8 2015 5:21PM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced English Language Arts (ELA) Item Type Clarification
ODE has received a number of questions about an item type on the Smarter Balanced ELA assessment that requires students to identify evidence by selecting a word or phrase embedded within a passage. To address student confusion regarding these item ty...
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Apr 8 2015 4:47PM
Calendar ELPA Window Closes on April 15
The 2014-15 testing window for the ELPA will close at the end of the day on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Test administrators and district personnel should ensure that all eligible students have completed and submitted their ELPAs on or before that date...
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Apr 8 2015 4:44PM
News Announcement Extended Assessment Access and Data Entry: Grades 3-8, 11
Access to the Extended Assessments as well as data entry for grades 3-8, 11 are through the Oregon Extended Assessment Training and Proficiency website at https://or.k12test.com/. Guidance regarding accessing the test materials and data entry is post...
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Apr 8 2015 4:06PM
Calendar Preparing for the 2015-16 Kindergarten Assessment
Test Overview The 2015-16 Kindergarten Assessment includes three segments: Early Literacy: a direct assessment of English Letter Names and Early Letter Sounds. Like last year, identified Spanish-speaking English learners must also take Spanish ...
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Apr 8 2015 3:57PM
News Announcement Clarification on Using iPads for Smarter Balanced Testing
In the March 5 AA Update , ODE shared a communication from Smarter Balanced with the field about restrictions on using iPads for Smarter Balanced Testing. The communication stipulated that iPads run iOS 8.1.3 or higher with security settings to preve...
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Apr 8 2015 3:54PM
News Announcement The 20-Minute Pause Rule and CAT Constructed Response Item Types
The test delivery system is designed to register a constructed response item as having been answered as soon as the student types anything in the box, whether a single character or three paragraphs. With the 20-minute pause rule in effect for the Sma...
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Apr 8 2015 3:33PM
Calendar ELPA Batch 2 and Grade 12 Online Writing Test Records Available April 10, 2015
Batch 2 ELPA scores from February 2015 and OAKS Online Writing scores from the Grade 12 Retest will be posted in Student Centered Staging, Accountability Warehouse Extract (AWE), and Secure Assessment Reports 2.0 on the ODE secure district website an...
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Apr 7 2015 3:51PM
News Announcement Essential Skills Graduation Requirement During the Transition to Smarter Balanced (updated)
As previously communicated, the Essential Skills graduation requirements will remain constant during Oregon’s transition to the Smarter Balanced state tests in ELA/Literacy and mathematics. Per the State Board of Education’s adoption of these require...
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Apr 2 2015 2:35PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - April 2, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for April 2, 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 Now Cl...
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Apr 2 2015 11:05AM
Calendar Informal DTC Webinar - Wednesday, April 8
Remaining Informal DTC Webinars are scheduled for 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM on the following dates: Wednesday, April 8 Wednesday, May 13 If you have not already done so, please register for upcoming Informal DTC Webinars by clicking on the follo...
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Apr 1 2015 11:22AM
Calendar Important Dates for April and May 2015
Date Event April 2 - 27 Report Validation Window for: Staff FTE, Staff Ethnicity April 8 @ 9:30 AM Informal DTC Webinar April 10 OAKS Online Writing Performance Assessment Results Available in Student Centered Staging and ORS ...
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Apr 1 2015 11:04AM
News Announcement ELPA21 Field Test Now Closed
As a reminder, the ELPA21 field test window closed Tuesday, March 31. ODE would like to extend thanks to all the district participants who were able to go through the training and testing with students. Your participation and hard work will lead dire...
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Apr 1 2015 11:02AM
News Announcement Bluetooth and Secure Student Testing
If the computer a student is using for testing, or other computers in the same room, have Bluetooth enabled, students may receive a message saying that the testing environment is no longer secure and they will be logged out of their test. To prevent ...
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Apr 1 2015 10:52AM
News Announcement Update on Tab Key and iPads Running iOS 8+
On Tuesday, March 17, ODE notified districts that when testing with the Mobile Secure Browser 3.0 on an iPad running iOS 8+, pressing the [Tab] key on an external keyboard may cause the browser to crash. We had expected that this issue would be fixed...
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Apr 1 2015 10:42AM
News Announcement Assessment Secure Browser Updates - March 26, 2015
Selecting Text Using New Android Secure Browser App On Friday, March 13, ODE announced the availability of an updated Secure Browser App for Android devices. ODE has now posted an updated Test Administrator (TA) User Guide that includes instruction...
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Apr 1 2015 10:33AM
News Announcement Updated Smarter Balanced Classroom Activities Now Available
On March 20, ODE sent out a communication to the DTC listserv notifying the field that Smarter Balanced had received a report that during the administration of some classroom activities, teachers and/or students were clicking on embedded URLs and vis...
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Apr 1 2015 9:31AM
News Announcement Setting Color Contrast for Smarter Balanced vs. Grade 12 Math and Reading Retests
In TIDE, test settings are assigned by test subject: ELA, ELPA, ELA-PT, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, and Writing. To assign test settings for either the Smarter Balanced ELA computer-adaptive test or the Grade 12 Reading Retest, users would...
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Apr 1 2015 9:28AM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Pause Rules and Test Expirations
The Regional ESD helpdesks have been receiving an increasing number of questions regarding the pause rules that are in place for the Oregon statewide assessments, including Smarter Balanced computer adaptive tests (CATs) and Performance Tasks. As a r...
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Apr 1 2015 9:09AM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Test Administration for Unique Circumstances
ODE continues to receive questions regarding Smarter Balanced test administration for students in their third year of high school who are not in grade 11 or transfer students who have already completed Smarter Balanced testing in other states. The fo...
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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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