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Aug 27 2015 11:46AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - August 27, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for August 27, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS No articles this week ...
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Aug 26 2015 12:19PM
Calendar Required 2015-16 District Test Coordinator Training Registration
As part of the annual DTC training for 2015-16 (as outlined in the Test Administration Manual ), district test coordinators must register for one of the three following dates with your Regional ESD partner before September 1: November 3: 3:00 PM -...
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Aug 26 2015 12:04PM
News Announcement High School Science Participation Rates in Online Reporting System
ODE and its test vendor AIR recently discovered an error in the display of the “Percent of Students Tested” for high school science on the score reports landing page of the Online Reporting System (ORS). The participation rate that was displayed did ...
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Aug 26 2015 11:54AM
News Announcement Oregon Accessibility Manual Reading Requirements
Section 1.5 Training Requirements of the 2015-16 Test Administration Manual states that all District Test Coordinators, School Test Coordinators, and Test Administrators are required to read the Oregon Accessibility Manual (OAM). New for 2015-16, ODE...
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Aug 20 2015 1:43PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - August 20, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for August 20, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Scheduled Maintenance ...
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Aug 20 2015 1:39PM
News Announcement TIDE User Roles for 2015-16
The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) of the OAKS Online System will be offline for updates from September 22 - October 1, 2015. When TIDE launches on October 1, all TIDE user accounts from the 2014-15 school year will be removed. Based on ...
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Aug 20 2015 8:22AM
Calendar REMINDER: Validations Closing August 21, 2015
The following validations will close on August 21, and no changes will be allowed beyond that date. Make sure that you review your data thoroughly before that deadline, and contact the data owner using the “Ask A Question” feature if you need to make...
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Aug 19 2015 4:06PM
News Announcement Kindergarten Assessment Participation
Participation for the 2015-16 Kindergarten Assessment is defined as the following: A participant in the Kindergarten assessment is defined a Kindergarten student who has a completed Approaches to Learning record and has attempted at least one of...
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Aug 19 2015 4:02PM
Calendar Assessment Results Available on the ODE District Website
Secure Assessment Reports 2.0 - Individual Student Reports (ISRs), Combined ISRs, Class Rosters, and Class Summary reports for English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics will become available on Friday, August 21. Achievement Data Insight (ADI)...
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Aug 13 2015 11:33AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - August 13, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for August 13, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Reminder: Operating Sy...
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Aug 13 2015 11:09AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment 2015-16 Data Collection Window: Opening Delayed to August 20
The opening of the Kindergarten Assessment Consolidated Collections Application (Early Literacy, Early Math, and Approaches to Learning) is delayed one week, from August 13 to August 20 in order to complete rigorous quality control testing for each o...
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Aug 13 2015 11:05AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment 2015-16 Data Collection Trainings - Updated
The Kindergarten Assessment data collection window will open a week from today (August 13) on August 20 - October 30, 2015. There are three Kindergarten Assessment collections: Approaches to Learning, Early Literacy, and Early Mathematics. ODE will h...
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Aug 13 2015 10:52AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment 2015-16: Summary of Upcoming Events and Reminders
KA Administration Window opened on Monday, August 10, 2015; the window will close Thursday, October 22, 2015. The final KA DTC Webinar training will be held on Tuesday, August 18 from 9:00-10:30 AM. Before the Webinar, it is a prerequisite to inde...
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Aug 12 2015 3:39PM
News Announcement Reminder: Operating System Support Plan for Test Delivery System
Microsoft released Windows 10 on July 29. As a reminder, major version upgrades to an Operating System released after May 1 may not be supported by the Test Delivery System for the following school year unless it works with the existing Secure Browse...
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Aug 12 2015 3:36PM
News Announcement Technical Specifications Manual for 2015-2016 Online Testing is Now Available
The 2015-2016 Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing is now available on ODE’s webpage at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=391. This manual provides the most recent information about the hardware, software, and network configurati...
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Aug 12 2015 3:31PM
News Announcement Now Supporting Chrome OS Versions 43 and 44
ODE and AIR are now supporting testing on Chrome OS versions 43 and 44 for Chromebooks. Upgrading to Chrome OS version 43 or 44 is optional. We continue to support Chrome OS 41 and 42 in addition to Chrome OS versions 43 and 44. An updated 2015-16 Su...
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Aug 12 2015 3:27PM
Calendar OAKS Online Scheduled Maintenance August 21-23
Oregon’s online testing system (OAKS Online) will be offline for scheduled maintenance from 5 PM PT on Friday August 21 until 7 PM PT on Sunday August 23, 2015. During this time, TIDE, the Training Site and Practice Tests, and the Online Reporting Sy...
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Aug 12 2015 3:20PM
News Announcement Kindergarten Assessment 2015-2016 Overview
As the start of the 2015-16 school year is rapidly approaching, a new group of kindergarten students will start school. These students will participate in the statewide Kindergarten Assessment during the first six weeks of school. The Kindergarten As...
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Aug 12 2015 3:08PM
Calendar Student Centered Staging and Third Period Cumulative ADM to Close for Final 2014-15 Processing
Student Centered Staging will be closed for editing 2014-15 test records on August 21 at 5 PM for final report processing. Secure Assessment Reports for 2014-15 will also be unavailable during this time. Third Period Cumulative ADM will close on...
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Aug 12 2015 2:49PM
Calendar Deadline for School and District Report Card Appeals Extended to August 31, 2015
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is extending the deadline for submitting school and district report card appeals to Monday, August 31, 2015 at 5:00 PM. See School and District Report Card Appeals Process - 2014-2015 for further details. If ...
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Aug 12 2015 2:44PM
Calendar REMINDER: Validations Closing in One Week
The following validations will close on August 21, and no changes will be allowed beyond that date. Make sure that you review your data thoroughly before that deadline, and contact the data owner using the “Ask A Question” feature if you need to make...
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Aug 12 2015 2:40PM
Calendar RE-OPENING: Freshman On-Track Collection August 20-28
The Freshman On-Track Collection will re-open on Thursday, August 20 and run through 11:59 p.m. on Friday, August 28. This window is designed to allow for the updating of records for students that earned credits over the summer. However, it is also t...
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Aug 6 2015 10:54AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - August 6, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for August 6, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Formative Assessment In...
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Aug 5 2015 10:40AM
Calendar ODE Provided Kindergarten Assessment Training August 18, 2015
As previously communicated, the final Kindergarten Assessment training is scheduled for Tuesday, August 18, 2015 from 9 AM - 10:30 AM PT. See the guidance below regarding the Kindergarten Assessment Webinar participation requirements. In efforts to m...
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Aug 5 2015 10:35AM
Calendar Twelve-week Smarter Balanced Test Window Now Permitted at Grade 11
The statewide Smarter Balanced test window opens February 9, 2016 and runs through June 10, 2016. To ensure that testing occurs at the appropriate time in relation to student instruction, schools are required to establish school-level test windows fo...
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Aug 5 2015 10:29AM
Calendar CLOSING: Freshman On-Track Validation Closes August 14
The Freshman On-Track Validation will close at 11:59 PM on Friday, August 14. Please take the opportunity to review Freshman On-Track records through the Achievement Data Insight (ADI) application. If you have questions, please contact Bill Hansell a...
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Aug 5 2015 10:26AM
Calendar Setting the 1% Cap on Extended Assessments for 2014-15 Report Card
Extended assessment results meeting the alternate achievement standards can represent no more than 1% of the English language arts and mathematics tests meeting the standard at the district level under Title I-A, final regulations, section 200.13. On...
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Jul 30 2015 1:44PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - July 30, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for July 30, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Formative Assessment Ins...
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Jul 29 2015 6:05PM
Calendar Formative Assessment Insights Online Course
Free online course offered through a partnership between ODE and WestEd for K-12 teachers in all content areas, instructional coaches, and professional development staff. Visit our e-brochure to learn more about the course requirements and to see sam...
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Jul 29 2015 5:59PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Checklist for 2015-16 Is Now Available Online
The Assessment and Accountability Checklist provides: Assessment testing windows for the 2015-16 school year Key events and district responsibilities related to the ordering, handling, administration, and reporting of Oregon Statewide Assessmen...
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Jul 29 2015 5:35PM
News Announcement New Secure Browser Auto-Update Process
The Oregon Help Desk has been receiving a lot of questions about the new secure browser auto-update process. We have added nine new Secure Browser FAQs to the OAKS Portal to address the questions we have received.
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Jul 29 2015 5:32PM
News Announcement Oregon's Alternate (Extended) Assessment: Achievement/Performance Standards
The new Alternate Achievement/Performance Standards for Oregon's alternate (Extended) assessment are now posted on the Statewide Alternate (Extended) Assessment webpage at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=178. The alternate achievement s...
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Jul 29 2015 5:06PM
News Announcement Extended Assessment 2015-16 Qualified Trainer and Qualified Assessor Training
As a result of additional refinements to Oregon’s Extended Assessment for 2015-16, ODE is requesting that both returning Qualified Assessors (QAs) as well as Qualified Assessors planning to become Qualified Trainers (QTs) plan to attend one of the tr...
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Jul 29 2015 4:58PM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment: ESDs Added to Audience in Consolidated Collections
ESDs have been added as an audience in Consolidated Collections. This feature will allow them to submit Kindergarten Assessment responses to all three KA Collections: Early Literacy, Early Math and Approaches to Learning, as well as access student ro...
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Jul 29 2015 4:52PM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment 2015-16 Testing Window Open August 10 - October 22
Monday, August 10, 2015 marks the opening of the Kindergarten Assessment window; the window will close Thursday, October 22, 2015. Many District Test Coordinators from districts supporting Kindergarten programs have already taken part in this mandato...
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Jul 29 2015 4:39PM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment 2015-16 Data Collection Trainings
The Kindergarten Assessment data collection window is August 13 - October 30, 2015. There are three Kindergarten Assessment collections: Approaches to Learning, Early Literacy, and Early Mathematics. ODE will host two optional data collection trainin...
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Jul 29 2015 4:21PM
Calendar Delivery Windows for Kindergarten Assessment Materials
When placing their Kindergarten Assessment material order, districts were asked to specify one of the two delivery windows: Delivery Window 1: August 3-7 (to arrive prior to the start of administration window) Delivery Window 2: August 24-28 (to...
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Jul 29 2015 4:17PM
News Announcement Preliminary 2015-16 Oregon Accessibility Manual (OAM)
The 2015-16 Preliminary Oregon Accessibility Manual is now available and posted on the Statewide Assessment Accessibility Supports webpage at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=487. The OAM provides districts, schools, and IEP teams policies ...
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Jul 29 2015 4:12PM
Calendar School and District Report Card Appeals Due to ODE on August 10, 2015
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) will consider appeals regarding (a) accountability data displayed on the 2014-15 school and district report cards, and (b) Annual Measurable Objectives (AMO) designations. Appeals are due to ODE no later than ...
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Jul 29 2015 3:11PM
News Announcement Documents Posted on Report Card Policy Webpage
There are two new documents currently available on the Report Card Policy page at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=24. School and District Report Card Appeals Process - this document explains the process of submitting an appeal of the...
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Jul 29 2015 11:01AM
Calendar Important Dates for Fall 2015
Date Event July 30 - October 7 Report Validation Window for: Preliminary School and District Report Card Summary and Detail PDFs July 31 Data Collection Audit Review Window Closes for: Annual Cumulative ADM 2014-15 August 3 - 7...
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Jul 12 2015 8:57AM
Calendar Important Dates for Summer 2015 - updated 7/13/2015
Date Event July 9 - 17 Data Collection Audit Review Window for: Class Roster 2014-15 July 9 - August 14 Report Validation Window for: Freshman On-Track 2014-15 July 9 - September 22 Report Validation Window for: Class Size 20...
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Jun 25 2015 2:25PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - June 25, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for June 25, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Support for Desktops, La...
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Jun 25 2015 10:36AM
Calendar Important Dates for Summer 2015
Date Event June 11 - August 21 Report Validation Window for: Student Enrollment, Not Chronically Absent June 18 - August 21 Report Validation Window for: Student Attendance June 18 - August 21 Report Validation Window for: A...
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Jun 25 2015 10:30AM
Calendar Deadline Approaching for Ordering 2015-16 Kindergarten Assessment Materials
District Test Coordinators are responsible to order Kindergarten Assessment materials for all kindergarten students, including those in charter schools within the district boundary, by Tuesday, June 30, 2015. When ordering assessment materials, DTCs ...
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Jun 23 2015 10:46AM
News Announcement Achievement Data Insight (ADI) Assessment Validation Correction
ODE opened the Assessment validations within the Achievement Data Insight (ADI) application on June 18. Unfortunately, the “Percent Met” on the English language arts and Mathematics validations is incorrect. This column is currently showing the perce...
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Jun 18 2015 12:15PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - June 18, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for June 18, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Support for Desktops, La...
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Jun 18 2015 12:08PM
Calendar CLOSING: Freshman On-Track Collection Closes June 29
The Freshman On-Track Collection will close at 11:59 PM on Monday, June 29. Please submit Freshman On-Track records through the Consolidated Collections application. If you have questions, please refer to the Freshman On-Track Manual available here: ...
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Jun 18 2015 9:19AM
Calendar Support for Desktops, Laptops, Tablets, and Chromebooks 2015-16
Secure Browser 8.0 for Windows (XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1), Mac OS X (10.6 - 10.9), and Linux (Ubuntu 12.04 and 14.04, Fedora 20 and 21, OpenSuse 13.1) will be posted on the OAKS Portal for download and installation on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. An updated S...
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Jun 18 2015 9:16AM
News Announcement Reminder on Student Confidentiality
As districts engage in end-of-year data reconciliations, please remember that personally identifiable student information must remain secure at all times and must not be transmitted in an unsecure manner. As stated in Section 2.5 Student Confidential...
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Jun 18 2015 9:09AM
Calendar Ordering Kindergarten Assessment Braille Forms
The 2015-16 Kindergarten Assessment Braille Order Form is now available online at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=625. Districts may place their order at any time through October 15, 2015 (one week before the close of the statewide test wi...
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Jun 18 2015 9:00AM
Calendar Preparing for 2014-15 School and District Report Cards
Preliminary school and district Report Cards and Detail sheets will be posted in the Achievement Data Insight (ADI) application on the district secure website Thursday, July 30 for the first preview. The purpose of preliminary reports is to provide a...
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Jun 12 2015 10:54AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - June 11, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for June 11, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Farewell Assistant Super...
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Jun 11 2015 9:32AM
Calendar Clarification to the Kindergarten Assessment Data Collection Trainings
On page 14, Table 5 of the 2015-16 Preliminary Test Administration Manual, please note there was an error in both the August and September Kindergarten Assessment Data Collection training dates. These errors have been corrected. The August training d...
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Jun 10 2015 5:25PM
News Announcement Reporting Smarter Balanced Claims and Targets in the Online Reporting System
The Online Reporting System (ORS) provides results at the scale level (ELA or mathematics) and the claim (reporting category) level for students, schools, and districts for all Smarter Balanced tests. For ELA, the claims include: Claim 1 - Read...
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Jun 10 2015 12:59PM
News Announcement Reviewing Smarter Balanced Assessment Results
On June 5, Smarter Balanced Assessment results were posted in the Online Reporting System (ORS), Student Centered Staging (SCS), and the Accountability Warehouse Extract (AWE). As you review these data, please keep the following in mind: You shoul...
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Jun 10 2015 12:11PM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Score Reports and Updated Online Reporting Users Guide Now Available
Scores for Smarter Balanced tests are now available in the Online Reporting System (ORS) for all Smarter Balanced assessments for which the student has completed both parts (the Computer Adaptive Test and the Performance Task Test) and for which all ...
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Jun 10 2015 12:06PM
Calendar REMINDER: Freshman On-Track Collection is Open Until June 29
The Freshman On-Track Collection is currently open and will close at 11:59 PM on Monday, June 29. Please submit Freshman On-Track records through the Consolidated Collections application. If you have questions, please refer to the Freshman On-Tr...
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Jun 10 2015 11:51AM
News Announcement Student Centered Staging Open for Editing 2014-15 Test Records
Student Centered Staging is open for editing 2014-15 test records as of 9 AM on Tuesday, June 9. All 2014-15 subjects will close again at 5 PM on Friday, June 12 for preliminary Report Card processing, and will re-open for editing by 9 AM on Tuesday,...
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Jun 5 2015 11:22AM
Calendar Accountability Warehouse Extract (AWE) Application Alert
Starting June 9 after 9 AM, assessment data with updated accountability reporting flags and student demographics will be available through the Accountability Warehouse Extract (AWE) application. The first major processing of 2014-2015 assessment data...
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Jun 4 2015 2:37PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - June 4, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for June 4, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS REMINDER: Instructional T...
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Jun 4 2015 9:48AM
Calendar Smarter Balanced Test Scores Available June 5
Scores for Smarter Balanced tests will be available in the Online Reporting System (ORS), Student Centered Staging, and the Accountability Warehouse Extract (AWE) application on June 5. Smarter Balanced assessments are reported only after a student h...
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Jun 4 2015 9:27AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment 2015-16 Order Window Open
The PowerPoint presentation for the first 2015-16 Kindergarten Assessment DTC training is now available on the Kindergarten Assessment webpage located here. The slides include presenter's notes for your reference and any local trainings you may condu...
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Jun 4 2015 8:59AM
Calendar Ordering 2015-16 Kindergarten Assessments for Schools not in TIDE
If your school district has a new kindergarten program/school, and the institution is not listed in TIDE, please contact your Regional ESD Partner with the estimated enrollment numbers before June 30 (end of the TIDE ordering window).
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Jun 4 2015 8:55AM
Calendar Preliminary Oregon Accessibility Manual 2015-16
The Oregon Department of Education preliminary Oregon Accessibility Manual (OAM) will be posted by July 1, 2015. Per the Smarter Balanced Consortium policy, we anticipate posting a final OAM upon receiving the mid-year updates. Contact Brad Lenh...
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Jun 3 2015 1:47PM
News Announcement REMINDER: Instructional Time Rule Changes
As you are preparing your calendars for the upcoming school year, please note that in January 2015, the State Board of Education adopted several changes to Oregon Administrative Rules regarding instructional time. These changes impact the number of ...
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Jun 3 2015 9:37AM
Calendar District Test Coordinator and Information Only Contact Form for 2015-16
ODE requires that districts annually designate a District Test Coordinator (DTC) using the District Test Coordinator Designation Form. This form is used to maintain ODE’s internal contact database and email list serves. Please note that this form doe...
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Jun 3 2015 9:23AM
Calendar Smarter Balanced and OAKS Online Test Windows Close June 12
The 2014-15 test windows for Smarter Balanced Mathematics and ELA, OAKS Online Science and Social Sciences, and the Grade 12 OAKS Online Mathematics and Reading Retests close on Friday, June 12, 2015. In the final days of the test window, district sh...
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Jun 3 2015 9:13AM
Calendar Student Centered Staging Closes for Preliminary Report Processing 2014-15
Student Centered Staging will be closed for editing all 2014-15 test records at the following times: Friday, June 5 at 5 PM until 9 AM on Tuesday, June 9. Friday, June 12 at 5 PM until 9 AM on Tuesday, June 16. Secure Assessment Reports for ...
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Jun 3 2015 9:01AM
Calendar District Validations for Summer 2015 in Achievement Data Insight (ADI)
Not Chronically Absent from 3rd Period Cumulative ADM Collection 2014-15 (June 11 - August 21) Student Enrollment from 3rd Period Cumulative ADM Collection 2014-15 (June 11 - August 21) Student Attendance from 3rd Period Cumulative ADM Collection...
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Jun 3 2015 8:56AM
Calendar Report Card Details - Video Training on June 8, 2015
A video training webinar on the School and District Report Card Details will be conducted on June 8 at 2 PM. This webinar will focus on review of assessment targets, subgroups, new graduation cohort targets, and the use of Smarter Balanced assessment...
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May 28 2015 2:54PM
Calendar Important Dates for June 2015
Date Event June 3 @ 2 PM Webinar: Training for Achievement Data Insight and Enrollment/Attendance Validations June 3 - 4 Online Reporting System (ORS) Offline for Smarter Balanced Updates June 5 Smarter Balanced English Langua...
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May 28 2015 2:42PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - May 28, 2015
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for May 28, 2015. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: GENERAL ANNOUNCEMENTS Open Online Smarter Balan...
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May 28 2015 2:17PM
Calendar Open Online Smarter Balanced Feedback Forum
On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 ODE will host an online Smarter Balanced Feedback Forum from 9 - 10 a.m. PT for district and school staff to share their impressions of the first year of Smarter Balanced operational testing. This feedback opportunity is ope...
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May 28 2015 10:45AM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Data Sharing
Questions have been raised regarding sharing of student scores among Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium states for system accountability and student graduation requirements. At this time, there are no policies or data sharing agreements establish...
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May 27 2015 1:28PM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment 2015-16 Order Window Now Open
The order window for the 2015-16 Kindergarten Assessment is now open. Districts that will enroll Kindergarten students for the 2015-16 school year must order their Kindergarten Assessment materials through TIDE between May 26 and June 30, 2015. Note:...
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May 27 2015 1:20PM
News Announcement District Contacts for Report Card Validations During Summer 2015
With the end of the year fast approaching, please make sure that you fill out the form located here to let ODE know who will be responsible for data submissions and validations over the summer months: The name, email and phone number of the perso...
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May 27 2015 1:17PM
Calendar Smarter Balanced Test Scores Begin Loading in the Online Reporting System on June 5
Scores for Smarter Balanced tests will be available in the Online Reporting System (ORS) on June 5 for all Smarter Balanced assessments for which the student has completed both parts (the Computer Adaptive Test and the Performance Task) and for which...
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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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