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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 17 2014 9:06AM
Calendar 2014-15 Test Records in Student Centered Staging
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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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 11:11AM
Calendar Online Reporting System Trainings January 8 and 15
The Oregon Department of Education and the American Institutes for Research, Oregon’s test vendor for the OAKS, ELPA, and Smarter Balanced Assessments, will offer two online trainings focusing on how to use the Online Reporting System (ORS). The firs...
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Dec 11 2014 11:07AM
Calendar Extended Assessment Standard Setting OPPORTUNITY
We are looking to identify special education teachers and content specialists (across Elementary, Middle, and High School) in ELA, Math, and Science to serve on our 2014-15 Extended Assessment Standard Setting Panel to set new cut scores and achievem...
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Dec 11 2014 11:04AM
News Announcement Highlighting Teachers' Voices through the Kindergarten Assessment Survey
Thank you to those with Kindergarten Teachers and Instructional Assistants who already responded to the Kindergarten Assessment (KA) survey. If there are teachers and IAs who administered the KA but have not yet taken the survey, this message is for ...
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Dec 11 2014 11:00AM
News Announcement New Classroom Activity Promising Practice Now Available
In response to requests from the field, ODE has posted a new promising practice on administering the Smarter Balanced classroom activity to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=2444. This document includes several promising practices that teacher...
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Dec 11 2014 10:43AM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Setting Video Now Available
Smarter Balanced recently released a video highlighting the Achievement Level Setting process for the new assessments and featuring panelists from Oregon and other member states. The video is just over 8 minutes and is available through YouTube at ht...
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Dec 4 2014 4:15PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - December 4, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for December 4, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Professional Developm...
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Dec 4 2014 4:09PM
News Announcement New Secure Browser 7.2 for Mac 10.6 to 10.9 Available Dec. 8
In the November 13 issue of the AA Update, ODE alerted the field to an issue with the text-to-speech functionality of the Mac 10.6 - 10.9 Secure Browser 7.0 (released October 1, 2014). As identified in that November 13 communication, resolution of th...
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Dec 3 2014 2:32PM
Calendar Professional Development Event: Building Educator Assessment Literacy
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB), in collaboration with WestEd and SCALE, want to let you know about Building Educator Assessment Literacy, a free, two-day face-to-face professional development eve...
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Dec 3 2014 2:24PM
Calendar Informal DTC WebEx Meetings Begin December 10
Beginning Wednesday, December 10, ODE will host Informal DTC WebEx meetings monthly to provide updates, clarify information, and answer questions regarding assessment and accountability policies and procedures. The first Informal DTC WebEx will begin...
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Dec 3 2014 2:15PM
Calendar REMINDER: DTC Training Feedback Requested
ODE would like your feedback on the new DTC training format used this year. If you would like to share your thoughts, please click here to respond to a brief survey by December 12, 2014. ODE will use your input to identify improvements for future yea...
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Dec 3 2014 2:05PM
Calendar REMINDER: Upcoming Downtime for Practice Tests and Online Reporting System
All Practice Tests (OAKS, ELPA, Smarter Balanced) will be offline from 6 AM (PT) on Monday, December 15 until 6 AM (PT) on Tuesday, December 30 for maintenance and testing of the servers in preparation for deployment of the operational OAKS and ELPA ...
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Dec 3 2014 2:02PM
News Announcement Secure Browser for Windows 8.0 and 8.1 Computers with Touchscreens
Windows Secure Browser 7.0 should not be used on computers with Windows 8.0 and 8.1 that have touchscreens. If you are planning to administer OAKS, ELPA, or Smarter Balanced tests on a Windows 8.0 or 8.1 computer with a touchscreen please notify your...
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Dec 3 2014 1:48PM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Training Modules Now Available
Smarter Balanced-provided training modules are now available under the General Section of the Common Core State Standards - Assessment webpage. Modules cover a broad range of topics, including: Accessibility and Accommodations Embedded Universal ...
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Dec 3 2014 1:45PM
News Announcement NEW RESOURCE: 5 Quick Facts About Oregon's New State Tests
Available in both English and Spanish, this document provides a short overview of the Smarter Balanced tests by addressing target misinformation areas, including test development, teacher input, and use of student information. You can access the Spa...
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Dec 3 2014 1:21PM
Calendar Second Period Cumulative ADM 14-15 Open December 11 - January 12
The 14-15 Second Period Cumulative ADM collection will be open beginning December 11, 2014 until 11:59 PM on January 12, 2015. Training for this collection was presented on December 4 and can be found at https://district.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?...
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Dec 3 2014 1:12PM
News Announcement Achieve Releases Classroom Sample Assessment Tasks for the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
These sample high school and middle school tasks, written by secondary science and math teachers, provide examples of how content and practices from both the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in Mathe...
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Nov 26 2014 12:00AM
News Announcement New 2014-15 Oregon Extended Assessment
New 2014-15 Oregon Extended Assessment The Oregon Department of Education has partnered with Behavioral Research & Teaching at the University of Oregon to develop a new Oregon Extended Assessment (ORExt). The substantive redesign will support measuri...
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Nov 20 2014 12:14PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - November 20, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for November 20, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Districts Needed to ...
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Nov 20 2014 12:11PM
Calendar Districts Needed to Participate in the ELPA21 Field Test
Additional Oregon involvement in the ELPA21 Field Test is needed to ensure we are able to gauge how well the test works and what improvements are necessary prior to going operational. ELPA21 offers flexible participation and administration of the Fie...
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Nov 20 2014 12:00PM
Calendar Technology Readiness Survey Closes December 1, 2014
As a reminder, ODE is currently collecting information from districts regarding their overall technological capacity to deploy the Smarter Balanced assessments. If you have not already done so, please complete the survey with your Information Technol...
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Nov 20 2014 11:57AM
News Announcement New Resource: Lessons Learned from the Smarter Balanced Field Test
Lessons Learned - Smarter Balanced Field Test provides an overview of the Smarter Balanced field test and feedback efforts, Oregon- and Consortium-specific insights collected across 13 member states, and recommended practices for preparing test admi...
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Nov 19 2014 3:55PM
News Announcement Notice: ELPA21 Registration Confirmation
For schools that have registered or intend to register for the ELPA21 Field Test and/or Platform and System Trial, please note that registration confirmation emails will be sent to your contact (listed during the registration process) directly from Q...
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Nov 19 2014 3:50PM
Calendar New STC/TA Training Resource Available and DTC Training Feedback Requested
In response to several requests from District Test Coordinators, ODE has posted a copy of the PowerPoint used in the ODE-facilitated DTC training WebEx to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2744. While not a requirement, districts may use thi...
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Nov 19 2014 3:47PM
News Announcement No Updates on Secure Browser for Mac 10.6 - 10.9
Last week, ODE shared that AIR had learned of an issue with the text-to-speech functionality of the Mac 10.6 - 10.9 secure browser 7.0 (released on October 1, 2014). AIR is working on an updated secure browser for Mac 10.6 - 10.9 computers that will ...
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Nov 19 2014 3:42PM
News Announcement Statewide ELA Assessments and IEP Team Decision Making
In an effort to parallel the changes brought about by the Common Core standards and new Smarter Balanced assessments, the new Extended Assessment has combined reading and writing into ELA (English/Language Arts). Further, the new IEP under developmen...
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Nov 19 2014 3:37PM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment Review Window
The Kindergarten Assessment Review Window is open from Tuesday, November 18 to Friday, November 28. During the review window, districts have the opportunity to view and correct identified audit items, checked against 1st Period ADM, that include: Mis...
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Nov 19 2014 3:35PM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced States Approve Preliminary Achievement Levels
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) voted to approve preliminary achievement levels for the ELA and math assessments Friday, November 14. The vote marks the culmination of an extensive collaborative process spanning several months and i...
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Nov 13 2014 10:53AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - November 13, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for November 13, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Stay tuned for futur...
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Nov 12 2014 2:54PM
Calendar Online Reporting System Offline for Updates December 19 - January 5
The Oregon Online Reporting System will be offline for updates from 6 AM (PT) on Friday, December 19 until 6 AM (PT) on Tuesday, January 6. This is a change from the previously posted dates of December 24 through January 5.
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Nov 12 2014 2:50PM
News Announcement Title I-A Funds May Not Be Used for State Testing
During last week's 2014-15 DTC training, several DTCs asked whether staff funded solely out of Title I-A may administer Oregon's statewide assessments. The answer is no, these staff may not administer statewide assessments because it is considered su...
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Nov 12 2014 2:48PM
News Announcement Secure Browser for Mac 10.6 - 10.9
AIR has learned of an issue with the text-to-speech functionality of the Mac 10.6 - 10.9 secure browser 7.0 (released on October 1, 2014). If a student testing on a Mac 10.6 - 10.9 computer tries to pause the text-to-speech feature in the middle of a...
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Nov 12 2014 2:44PM
News Announcement Comparison Group Reports for 2013-14
Socioeconomic status (SES) Ranks and Comparison Groups for the 2013-14 Oregon Statewide Assessment results for reading/literature and mathematics (grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 11), writing (grade 11), and science (grades 5, 8, and 11) are now availab...
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Nov 6 2014 10:36AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - November 6, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for November 6, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements NEW RESOURCES: Assess...
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Nov 6 2014 10:24AM
News Announcement Sign Language Interpreter Accessibility Support: Update & Training Information
ODE continues to offer a training and proficiency system for test administrators using a sign language interpreter accessibility support for an applicable statewide assessment administration. The website has a NEW address this year and a little bit o...
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Nov 6 2014 10:14AM
News Announcement Support for Chrome OS 36 and 37
The Oregon Support Plan released in July 2014 indicated that secure testing is supported on Chromebooks using versions 31 to 35 of the Chrome Operating system (OS). Since that time, versions 36-38 of Chrome OS have been released. The American Institu...
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Nov 5 2014 1:29PM
News Announcement NEW RESOURCES: Assessment Communications
The following resources are now available to assist schools and districts in communicating about state assessments: Smarter Balanced Communications Toolkit for Oregon Educators : Tailored to Oregon and further customizable per your school or distr...
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Nov 5 2014 1:22PM
News Announcement ELPA Training Module Updated
Training Module 7 for the ELPA has been updated due to an incorrect date on Slide 13, bullet #4. The corrected version of the slideshow has been posted to the Test Coordinators Training Materials page at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=274...
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Nov 5 2014 12:07PM
News Announcement ELPA 4-Domain Exemption Option Removed from TIDE
As a reminder, no 4-domain exemptions will be allowed on the ELPA for 2014-15 based on a recent clarification from the US Department of Education. ODE's test vendor, American Institutes for Research, has updated the TIDE system so that the option to...
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Oct 31 2014 12:07PM
Calendar Important Dates for November and December 2014
Date Event Oct 16 - Sept 18, 2015 Collection Window for: IUID 2014-15 November 1 Deadline for DTCs to independently review required DTC training modules and complete DTC training survey November 4 - 6 Required 2014-15 DTC Trai...
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Oct 30 2014 11:34AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - October 30, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for October 30, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Stay tuned for future...
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Oct 29 2014 11:54AM
Calendar Two Days Remaining to Review 2014-15 DTC Training Modules and Complete Survey
As a reminder, to satisfy the 2014-15 District Test Coordinator (DTC) training requirements, all DTCs must watch all 2014-15 DTC training modules and complete the training survey posted to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2744 by November 1...
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Oct 29 2014 11:12AM
News Announcement Extended Assessment High School Retake Policy
Executive Numbered memo 002-2012-13 has been revised slightly to clarify that the extended assessment high school retake policy applies to those assessments used to demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills. To access the full wording of the nu...
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Oct 29 2014 11:09AM
Calendar CLOSING: The Kindergarten Assessment Data Submission Window
Districts must submit all Kindergarten Assessment data by Friday, October 31.
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Oct 23 2014 1:28PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - October 23, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for October 23, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Draft Versions of Com...
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Oct 23 2014 1:17PM
News Announcement Register for the ELPA21 Field Test Today!
Registration for the ELPA21 Field Test and Platform and System Trial has been extended. If you haven't already registered your school or district, you can do so today by clicking here. Participating in the field test is an excellent opportunity ...
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Oct 23 2014 9:18AM
News Announcement Draft Versions of Common Core-Aligned Writing Scoring Guide Posted
As part of the shift to the Common Core State Standards, ODE has undertaken a process of determining the degree of alignment of official scoring guides to the skills and language embedded in the Common Core. As part of that project, ODE has worked wi...
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Oct 23 2014 9:11AM
News Announcement 2014-15 Practice Tests Now Available
The Smarter Balanced Math and ELA, OAKS Science and Social Sciences, Grade 12 Retest, and ELPA practice tests are now available through the OAKS Portal www.oaksportal.org. All practice tests can be accessed through the Oregon Secure Browser. OAKS and...
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Oct 23 2014 9:06AM
Calendar Deadline for 2014-15 DTC Training Modules and Survey is November 1
As a reminder, to satisfy the 2014-15 District Test Coordinator (DTC) training requirements, all DTCs must: Watch the 2014-15 DTC training modules posted to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2744 by November 1; Complete the 2014-15 Train...
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Oct 23 2014 9:03AM
News Announcement Windows 7 Drivers for USB Headsets
For districts testing on Windows 7 machines, updated drivers must be installed before using USB headsets purchased through AIR for the ELPA, Smarter ELA listening items, or any test including text-to-speech. These drivers are necessary to properly co...
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Oct 23 2014 8:59AM
News Announcement Update on Support for iOS 8
In the October 16 AA Update, ODE announced that its test vendor AIR was investigating the compatibility of iOS 8 with the 2014-15 secure browser to determine whether they could support iOS 8 for testing this year despite its release after the May 1 d...
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Oct 23 2014 8:55AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment Review
The open date for the Kindergarten Assessment Review Window has been changed. The window will open on Tuesday, November 18 and close on Friday, November 28. During the review window, districts have the opportunity to view and correct identified audi...
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Oct 23 2014 8:32AM
Calendar Extended Assessment: Braille and Large Print Order Window
The window for ordering Braille and Large Print versions of the Extended Assessments will open November 17. The deadline for ordering submissions is January 16, 2015. Incomplete or unsigned order forms will not be processed. Please find additional in...
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Oct 16 2014 3:57PM
Calendar Important Dates for October and November 2014
Date Event October 1 - November 1 DTCs independently review required DTC training modules and complete DTC training survey October 6 ELPA21 Field Test and Platform and System Trial Registration Opens October 15 or 18 PSAT/NMSQ...
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Oct 16 2014 3:35PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - October 16, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for October 16, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements REGISTRATION EXTENDED...
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Oct 15 2014 1:43PM
Calendar REGISTRATION EXTENDED: ELPA21 Platform and System Trial and Field Test Registration
Registration for both the ELPA21 Platform and System Trial and Field Test will continue beyond the initial October 17 deadline. Register today for this important practice run of our incoming ELPA21 assessment. Please view Oregon ELPA21 registrat...
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Oct 15 2014 1:40PM
Calendar Smarter Balanced Assessments In-Person Training Workshops
The Oregon Department of Education, in collaboration with your Regional ESD Partners, is pleased to offer Smarter Balanced Assessments in-person training workshops on the following dates: Math - Bryan Toller ELA - Ken Hermens Date Loc...
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Oct 15 2014 1:39PM
News Announcement 2014-15 Secure Browser Clarification
There has been some confusion whether schools will need to download two different Secure Browsers (one from the Smarter Balanced portal and one from the OAKS portal) in order to be ready for testing this year. Schools will only need to download the a...
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Oct 15 2014 1:38PM
News Announcement 2014-15 Practice Tests Still Under Development
The release of the Smarter Balanced Math and ELA, OAKS Science and Social Sciences, Grade 12 Retests, and ELPA practice tests has been delayed so that the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and their contractor, the American Institutes for Research...
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Oct 15 2014 1:38PM
News Announcement Linux Secure Browser Now Available
The OAKS Secure Browser 6.5 for Linux was released on October 15 and is now available for download through the OAKS Portal at www.oaksportal.org. After installing the Secure Browser you must reboot your computer before administering any tests. The br...
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Oct 15 2014 1:35PM
News Announcement Investigating Support for iOS 8
The 2014-15 secure browser for iPads supports iOS 6.0, 6.1, 7.0, and 7.1. However, many schools have begun buying new iPads which use the new iOS 8 operating system, which was released in September 2014. As described in the 2014-15 Support Plan , maj...
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Oct 15 2014 1:33PM
Calendar CLOSING: Kindergarten Assessment Testing Window
The Kindergarten Assessment Testing Window closes Thursday, October 23. Districts must complete all Kindergarten Assessments by the end of the day and submit all Kindergarten Assessment data by Friday, October 31.
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Oct 15 2014 1:31PM
News Announcement Proper Identification of and Kindergarten Assessment Administration Procedures for Spanish-Speaking English Learners
It has come to ODE's attention that there have been instances where students have been administered both the English and Spanish forms for the Kindergarten Assessment. In these cases, students have been double assessed. As a reminder, districts are e...
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Oct 15 2014 1:28PM
News Announcement Parents in the Secure Test Environment
In many cases, Kindergarten is a child's first experience of a formalized education setting, and parents may feel anxious about the Kindergarten Assessment. To support districts in sharing information about the assessment with parents, ODE has create...
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Oct 15 2014 9:08AM
News Announcement Access to Student assistance Programs in Reach of Everyone (ASPIRE)
Established in 2007 in HB 2729, the program is designed to help students access education and training beyond high school. Students receive information about college options, admissions, and financial aid from trained and supportive volunteers who ment...
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Oct 9 2014 12:04PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - October 9, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for October 9, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Opportunity: Essential S...
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Oct 9 2014 10:55AM
Calendar ELPA21 Platform and System Trial and Field Test Registration
Registration for both the ELPA21 Field Test and the Platform and System Trial is open October 6 - 17, 2014. Oregon's participation in the computer-based Field Test and the Platform and System Trial will lead to a better operational assessment ...
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Oct 8 2014 11:50AM
News Announcement Test Administrator Training
On October 1, ODE posted the 2014-15 DTC Modules that all District Test Coordinators (DTCs) are required to view prior to completing the 2014-15 training survey and attending one of the required ODE-facilitated training WebExes. DTCs must also use th...
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Oct 8 2014 11:46AM
News Announcement Linux Operating Systems: Requirements for Text-to-Speech
Districts using Linux operating systems to deliver online tests with Text-to-Speech enabled must install Festival, SoX, and a supported voice pack prior to testing. Two voice packs are supported, and districts must select and install one: Kevin or Ku...
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Oct 8 2014 11:42AM
News Announcement External Keyboards Required for Smarter Balanced Tests Administered Via Tablet
External keyboards are required in all cases unless specified differently by a student's Individualized Education Program (IEP) or 504 plan. Any form of external keyboard that disables the on-screen virtual keyboard is acceptable. This includes mecha...
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Oct 8 2014 11:37AM
News Announcement 2014-15 Oregon Extended Assessment Administration Manual
The 2014-15 Oregon Extended Assessment Administration Manual is posted on Oregon's Extended Assessment webpage at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=178. This manual is intended for educators and . parents who are interested in a general o...
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Oct 8 2014 11:26AM
Calendar Essential Skills and Local Performance Assessment Manual Posted and Training WebEx Dates Announced
The final version of the Essential Skills and Local Performance Assessment Manual has been posted. This document describes the requirements for Essential Skills assessment options - including requirements regarding development, administration, and s...
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Oct 8 2014 11:20AM
Calendar CLOSING: The Achievement Compact Collection - Wednesday, October 15
The Achievement Compact Collection closes at 11:59 PM on October 15. Step by step instructions for accessing the collection can be found in the Achievement Compact How To Guide starting on page 17. The How To Guide and other useful information ...
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Oct 7 2014 9:35AM
Calendar ODE Offering Essential Skills Work Sample Scoring Opportunity
ODE will be offering a training/calibration opportunity for a panel of educators to participate in Essential Skills work sample scoring during the second week of November: November 12-13 for mathematics scoring, and November 13-14 for reading scoring...
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Oct 3 2014 5:16PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Checklist for 2014-15 Revised
The Assessment & Accountability Checklist for 2014-15 has been revised and posted at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=472. Please note the revision history on pages 49-50.
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Oct 2 2014 2:18PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - October 2, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for October 2, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Opportunity: Assessment ...
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Oct 2 2014 2:16PM
Calendar Opportunity: Assessment Professional Development Providers Needed - Application Due Noon Friday, October, 10
ODE has partnered with WestEd, SCALE (Stanford Center for Assessment, Learning and Equity), and several other states to implement a project that will provide professional development to build educators’ assessment knowledge. ODE is seeking applicati...
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Oct 2 2014 2:14PM
News Announcement Assessment Communication Resources for Parents and Educators
Visit ODE’s Assessment Communication Tools and Networks page at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1308 for parent-friendly communication resources on assessments, including: Smarter Balanced Factsheet, FAQ, and PowerPoints ELPA21 Informa...
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Oct 2 2014 2:12PM
News Announcement Final 2014-15 Test Administration Manual Now Available
ODE has posted the final 2014-15 Test Administration Manual (TAM) to http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/tam. The TAM provides districts with all policies and requirements governing administration of the 2014-15 Oregon Statewide Assessments, including the ...
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Oct 2 2014 2:10PM
Calendar 2014-15 DTC Training Modules Now Available
ODE has posted the 2014-15 Test Administration and Security Training Modules and a 2014-15 Training Survey to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2744. New for 2014-15, all District Test Coordinators (DTCs) must watch these modules independent...
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Oct 2 2014 2:08PM
News Announcement 2014-15 TIDE and TIDE User Guide Now Available
The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) of the OAKS Online System is now available for authorized users through the OAKS Portal http://oaksportal.org/. TIDE allows authorized district and school personnel to manage user and student informatio...
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Oct 2 2014 2:07PM
Calendar Secure Browser 7.0 for Windows and Mac 10.6 - 10.9 Now Available
Secure Browser 7.0 for Windows and Mac 10.6 - 10.9 is now available for download. Secure Browser 7.0 may be downloaded and installed on all supported operating systems running Mac 10.6-10.9 or Windows except for touch-screen laptops running Windows 8...
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Oct 2 2014 2:05PM
News Announcement New Essential Skills Resources Available Online
Communicate with your Parents and Students about 2014-15 Graduation Requirements Oregon's Transition to Smarter Balanced Assessments is a document for schools and districts to customize and use to communicate about graduation requirements and t...
102
Sep 25 2014 11:30AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - September 25, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for September 25, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Assessment Guidance R...
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Sep 25 2014 11:14AM
News Announcement Assessment Guidance Resources Available
Assessment planning resources are currently available at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=512, and include those listed below. These materials are intended to be informational resources for districts. To develop the lists below, ODE surve...
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Sep 24 2014 11:56AM
Calendar Important Dates for October 2014
Date Event September 25 - October 27 Collection Window for: First Period Cumulative ADM 2014-15 October 1 TIDE available through the OAKS Portal (http://www.oaksportal.org) October 2 District preview on ODE secure website, pri...
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Sep 24 2014 11:51AM
Calendar CLOSING: Registration for Smarter Balanced Online Panel
Registration for the Smarter Balanced Online Panel closes tomorrow, September 26. Over 600 Oregonians have registered to participate in setting achievement levels for the new assessments, and will be reviewing test items and recommending proficiency ...
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Sep 24 2014 11:46AM
Calendar NEW Extended Assessment Item Review
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Behavioral Research & Teaching (BRT) at the University of Oregon (i.e., test vendor) are requesting assistance in reviewing items (and alignment to standards) for the new Oregon Extended Assessment -- Oreg...
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Sep 24 2014 11:44AM
Calendar Extended Assessment: 2014-15 Operational Field Test Updates
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has partnered with Behavioral Research & Teaching (BRT) at the University of Oregon to develop a new Oregon Extended Assessment (ORExt). The substantive redesign will support measuring academic growth over tim...
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Sep 24 2014 11:39AM
News Announcement Reminder: Administration of the Kindergarten Assessment Early Spanish Literacy Measure
Participation in the Early Spanish Literacy measure of the Kindergarten Assessment is restricted to only those students who have been identified as Spanish-speaking English Learners who qualify for services. Further guidance on identification of Span...
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Sep 24 2014 11:34AM
Calendar Achievement Compact Collection: Freshman On Track Data Finalized
Data from the Freshman On Track Collection has been finalized and the corresponding data in the Achievement Compact Collection has been updated. Please review the updated data in the Achievement Compact Collection. Edits to targets/goals can be mad...
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Sep 24 2014 11:25AM
News Announcement Correction to First Period Cumulative ADM Training
There was an error in the slide and presentation for the First Period 2014-15 Cumulative ADM training on September 16, 2014. Slide 10 indicated that students whose 21 birthday falls on September 1, 2014 are eligible for state paid tuition. This is in...
111
Sep 18 2014 1:00PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - September 18, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for September 18, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements HELP NEEDED! Set Smar...
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Sep 18 2014 10:32AM
Calendar HELP NEEDED! Set Smarter Balanced Achievement Levels
Smarter Balanced is seeking input from educators, parents, and business/community leaders via an online panel to establish a common set of performance standards on the Smarter Balanced assessments across grades 3-8 and high school. Currently, only 20...
113
Sep 18 2014 10:28AM
Calendar Secure Browser Release Delayed for Windows and Mac Systems
The deployment of the OAKS Secure Browser 7.0 for Windows and Mac 10.6 to 10.9, which was anticipated to be available on the OAKS Portal on September 17, 2014, has been delayed. At this time a new deployment date has not been set. Please watch this s...
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Sep 18 2014 10:25AM
Calendar Coming Soon! Practice Tests for 2014-15
The Practice Tests for the Smarter Balanced Assessments, OAKS, and the ELPA are in the final review stages. ODE is working with our test vendor, American Institutes for Research (AIR), to provide Oregon teachers and students with up-to-date and engag...
115
Sep 18 2014 10:22AM
News Announcement ELPA Test Specifications and Blueprints Updated for 2014-15
The ELPA Test Specifications and Blueprints documents have been updated for the new school year. Each ELPA grade band has its own test specification document, and the newly-posted documents can be found at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=4...
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Sep 18 2014 10:20AM
News Announcement Commercial Common Core Interim and/or Formative Assessments
A new resource on commercial Common Core Interim and Formative Assessments is now available at http://www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/testing/resources/ccss_asmt_interim_formative_info.xls . This spreadsheet includes a list of commercial interim a...
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Sep 18 2014 10:10AM
Calendar First Period Cumulative ADM 14-15 Open September 25 - October 27
The 14-15 First Period Cumulative ADM collection is open from 1:00 PM September 25 to 11:59 PM October 27. This collection is for all ADM records from July 1 - October 1, 2014. Training for this collection was on September 16 and can be found at http...
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Sep 11 2014 4:00PM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment Collections Reopened September 11
The Kindergarten Assessment student collections (Early Literacy, Early Math, and Approaches to Learning) were reopened today Thursday, September 11 at 1 PM. Please contact your Regional ESD Partner with any questions.
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Sep 11 2014 12:32PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - September 11, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for September 11, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Stay tuned for future...
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Sep 11 2014 12:04PM
Calendar OAKS Secure Browser 7.0 for Windows and Mac 10.6 to 10.9
OAKS Secure Browser 7.0 for Windows and Mac 10.6 to 10.9 is anticipated to be available on the Oaks Portal on September 17, 2014. As previously announced, OAKS Secure Browser 6.5 for Linux will be available on October 15, 2014.
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Sep 11 2014 10:34AM
Calendar Online Reporting System Downtime
The Online Reporting System will be offline for updates from 6 AM PT on Friday, September 26 through 5 AM PT on Wednesday, October 1. The purpose of these updates is to ensure that the Online Reporting System is compatible with the changes that are b...
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Sep 11 2014 10:29AM
Calendar The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE)
The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be offline from September 22 through September 30, 2014. All institution-level users will be deleted from TIDE on September 22, 2014. The 2014-2015 TIDE will be available on October 1, 2014.
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Sep 11 2014 10:25AM
News Announcement Extended Assessment: 2014-15 Operational Field Test
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has partnered with Behavioral Research & Teaching (BRT) at the University of Oregon to develop a new Oregon Extended Assessment (ORExt). The substantive redesign will support measuring academic growth over tim...
124
Sep 11 2014 10:14AM
News Announcement New Resource: Essential Skills and Local Performance Assessment Manual for 2014-15
The 2014-15 Essential Skills and Local Performance Assessment Manual is now available online. This resource is required reading for Test Administrators, School Test Coordinators, and District Test Coordinators, and describes the requirements for Ess...
125
Sep 11 2014 10:09AM
Calendar First Period Cumulative ADM WebEx Training September 16, 2014
The WebEx training for the First Period 2014-15 Cumulative ADM collection will be on September 16 at 2 PM. This collection will be the submission of Cumulative ADM records for the period of July 1 - October 1 and will be open for data submission from...
126
Sep 11 2014 9:39AM
Calendar REMINDER - Registration Closes Soon for the Smarter Balanced Online Panel
Smarter Balanced is seeking input from educators, parents, and business/community leaders via an online panel to establish a common set of performance standards on the Smarter Balanced assessments across grades 3-8 and high school. Panelists will sel...
127
Sep 11 2014 9:34AM
Calendar ELPA21 Field Test Coming Soon
The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the 21st Century (ELPA21) Consortium is working with its field test vendor, Questar Assessment Inc., to prepare for the upcoming pilot and field tests of Oregon's new ELPA21 assessment. The pilot test i...
128
Sep 4 2014 10:40AM
Calendar ALERT - Kindergarten Assessment Collections Closed Until September 11
The Kindergarten Assessment student collections (Early Literacy, Early Math, and Approaches to Learning) are closed as of 10 AM on September 4 and are scheduled to reopen on Thursday, September 11. ODE will be making some business rule changes to the...
129
Sep 3 2014 12:15PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - September 4, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for September 4, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Stay tuned for future ...
130
Sep 3 2014 11:44AM
News Announcement Extended Assessment Transition Plan
Oregon is planning to administer the Extended Assessment for 2014-15 the same as in prior years. However, with the creation of the Common Core State Standards, the Oregon Department of Education has developed a process (approved by the State Board) f...
131
Sep 3 2014 11:41AM
News Announcement Extended Assessment Sub Grants
The funding for the Extended Assessment sub grants for this school year is in process. These are going out early enough so you should have adequate time to use the funds as they are designated. The Extended Assessment sub grants are flat funded this ...
132
Sep 3 2014 11:15AM
Calendar Qualified Trainer Training & Triennial Meeting
Official notice of Qualified Trainer Training will be sent to all returning QAs and QTs via email by September 15. In addition, every three years ODE convenes all returning and new Qualified Trainers (QT) at their respective regional QT training site...
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Sep 3 2014 11:10AM
News Announcement Revision to Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations for Kindergarten Assessment
Please note the following edit to the Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations for Kindergarten Assessment table included in the Oregon Accessibility Manual and also in the KA Assessor booklet A2. Administration of side-by-side S...
134
Sep 3 2014 11:07AM
News Announcement Accommodations Documentation on IEP Guidance
A PDF providing guidance regarding the documentation of accommodations on IEPs for the 2014-15 Oregon Statewide Assessments is posted at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=487. Please note this guidance is for 2014-15 only.
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Aug 29 2014 10:31AM
Calendar Important Dates for Fall 2014
Date Event August 11 - October 23 2014-2015 Kindergarten Assessment Testing Window (Approaches to Learning, Early Math, Early Literacy) August 14 - October 31 Collection Window for: 2014-2015 Kindergarten Assessment (Approaches to ...
136
Aug 28 2014 12:37PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - August 28, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for August 28, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: General Announcements Make Your Voice Heard on...
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Aug 28 2014 12:14PM
Calendar Make Your Voice Heard on Smarter Balanced Achievement Level Scores!
Oregonians have the opportunity to engage in achievement level setting for the new Smarter Balanced assessments. Achievement levels are ranges of scores that indicate how students perform on tests, and we want to ensure Smarter Balanced achievement l...
138
Aug 28 2014 11:40AM
Calendar Records Options for Kindergarten Assessment Literacy and Math
To facilitate timely access to student Kindergarten Assessment Early Literacy and Early Math records, ODE extends an option to districts to request preliminary Early Literacy/Early Math records from September 2 through October 24. To request the...
139
Aug 28 2014 11:29AM
Calendar Free PSAT Workshops for School Counselors
These free workshops provide school counselors with the information they need to help students prepare for college and career success. The 2014 College Board Counselor Workshops will include: Updates on the SAT, the PSAT/NMSQT®, and AP Programs S...
140
Aug 28 2014 11:07AM
News Announcement Individual Student Assessment Accessibility Profile Tool Released by Smarter Balanced
Smarter Balanced has released the Individual Student Assessment Accessibility Profile tool in order to assist schools with determining which accessibility supports (Universal Tools, Designated Supports and Accommodations) individual students will nee...
141
Aug 21 2014 1:30PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - August 21, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for August 21, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: Test Administration - OAKS Online, ELPA & Wri...
142
Aug 20 2014 11:21AM
News Announcement Updated: Four-Domain Exemptions No Longer Allowed for the 2014-15 ELPA
Effective immediately, no identified English Learner (EL) is allowed to be exempted from all four domains (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) of the Oregon English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA). In July 2014, federal government staff...
143
Aug 20 2014 11:07AM
Calendar Achievement Compact Collection Open August 28 - October 15, 2014
The Achievement Compact Collection opens on Thursday, August 28 at 1:00 p.m. and will close on Wednesday, October 15 at 11:59 p.m. A WebEx video training was conducted on Tuesday, August 12 from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. and has been posted on the Video...
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Aug 20 2014 11:04AM
Calendar Smarter Balanced Digital Library Free Preview
The Digital Library was created by and for educators to support implementation of the Common Core State Standards using the formative assessment process. This is your opportunity to preview the library; the free preview period runs through September ...
145
Aug 20 2014 10:59AM
News Announcement Revised Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework and Testing Device Requirements
The summary of anticipated changes to the Smarter Balanced Technology Strategy Framework and Testing Device Requirements document and executive summary (“Framework changes 2014_08_07”) are now posted at http://www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/commo...
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Aug 14 2014 2:43PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - August 14, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for August 14, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: Test Administration - OAKS Online, ELPA & Wri...
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Aug 14 2014 10:12AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment Data Collection Trainings
Kindergarten Assessment Data Collection Training Dates and Times available: August 27, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 p PDT September 17, 2014 2:00 - 3:30 p PDT Staff only need to attend one of the training times. The same PowerPoint material will be shar...
148
Aug 14 2014 10:10AM
News Announcement POSTED: Kindergarten Assessment Frequently Asked Questions
ODE has posted a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document to address some of the most common questions from school districts preparing to administer the statewide Kindergarten Assessment. The FAQ is organized by topic: Accessibility (formally...
149
Aug 14 2014 9:57AM
Calendar District Validations in Achievement Data Insight Closing on August 15, 2014
Freshman On-Track Validation Highly Qualified Teachers Student Enrollment Not Chronically Absent Student Attendance Math Student Performance Reading Student Performance Writing Student Performance Science Student Performance
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Aug 14 2014 9:41AM
News Announcement Interim Oregon Accessibility Manual (OAM) and Additional Resources
The interim Oregon Accessibility Manual (OAM) is posted and can be found at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=487. The OAM provides districts, schools, and IEP teams with advance notice on the final accessibility supports policies and requ...
151
Aug 7 2014 1:40PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - August 7, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for August 7, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: Test Administration - OAKS Online, ELPA & Writ...
152
Aug 7 2014 1:28PM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Checklist for 2014-15 Is Now Available Online
The Assessment and Accountability Checklist provides: Assessment testing windows for the 2014-15 school year Key events and district responsibilities related to the ordering, handling, administration, and reporting of Oregon Statewide Assessmen...
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Aug 7 2014 1:18PM
Calendar ODE Provided Kindergarten Assessment Training August 20 (Required Component of Annual DTC Training for districts supporting Kindergarten Programs)
The last Kindergarten Assessment WebEx is scheduled to occur on 8/20/14 from 9:00-10. Please see the guidance below regarding the Kindergarten Assessment WebEx participation requirements: Before the WebEx, it is a prerequisite to independently rev...
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Aug 7 2014 11:31AM
Calendar Delivery Window for Kindergarten Assessment Booklets
Please note the following delivery windows for the Kindergarten Assessment Booklets: Delivery Window 1: August 4 - 8 Delivery Window 2: August 25 - 28 Districts must store all printed assessment materials in a secure area in accordance ...
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Aug 7 2014 11:30AM
Calendar Important Accountability Dates for August 2014
Date Event June 3 - September 30 Smarter Balanced Digital Library Preview June 12 - August 15 Report Validation Window for: Assessment Participation, Performance, Growth June 12 - August 15 Report Validation Window for: Not ...
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Aug 7 2014 11:19AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment 2014-2015 Testing Window Open August 11 - October 23
Monday, August 11, 2014 marks the opening of the Kindergarten Assessment window; the window will close Thursday, October 23, 2014. Many District Test Coordinators and some Kindergarten Teachers from all districts supporting Kindergarten programs have...
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Aug 7 2014 11:09AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment 2014-2015 Data Collection Window August 14-October 31
The 2014-2015 Kindergarten Assessment Data Collection window is open from August 14 - October 31. Districts can begin submitting data as soon as an assessment is complete. Final file formats for the 2014-2015 Oregon Kindergarten Assessment Coll...
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Aug 7 2014 11:06AM
News Announcement New Resource: Kindergarten Parent Brochure
This brochure provides parents with information about the Kindergarten Assessment and how their children will participate. Viewer-friendly version: Formatted for viewing on the computer screen. http://www.ode.state.or.us/gradelevel/kindergarten...
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Aug 7 2014 11:00AM
News Announcement How to Locate a Spanish Bilingual Assessor to Administer the Kindergarten Assessment Early Spanish Literacy Measure
In the 2014-2015 Oregon Kindergarten Assessment, all Spanish-Speaking English Learners will participate in an additional Early Spanish Literacy “Spanish Letter Names” measure. This measure must be administered by a bilingual Spanish assessor who is t...
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Aug 7 2014 10:41AM
Calendar Reminder: Key Dates for 2013-2014 Accountability Reporting
Public Assessment Group Reports (Education Data Explorer/Secure EdExplorer) August 7 - District preview of 2013-14 Test Results in Secure EdExplorer (on district web site) August 15 - Last date for changes to 3rd Period Cumulative ADM and math, r...
161
Aug 7 2014 10:25AM
Calendar Student Centered Staging and Third Period Cumulative ADM to Close for Final 2013-14 Processing
Student Centered Staging will be closed for editing 2013-2014 test records on August 15 at 5 PM for final report processing. Secure Assessment Reports (2013-2014 records) will also be unavailable during this time. Third Period Cumulative ADM wil...
162
Aug 7 2014 10:17AM
Calendar Setting the 1% Cap on Extended Assessments for Report Card
Extended assessment results meeting the alternate achievement standards can represent no more than 1% of the tests meeting the standard at the district level under Title I-A, final regulations, section 200.13. On July 18, ODE sent an email notificati...
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Jun 13 2014 9:20AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - June 13, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for June 13, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: Oregon Assessment Guidance Resource Available t...
164
Jun 13 2014 9:13AM
Calendar Important Accountability Dates for Summer 2014
Date Event June 3 - September 30 Smarter Balanced Digital Library Preview June 12 - 23 Data Collection Review Window for: ESEA Title III Limited English Proficiency 2013-2014 June 12 - August 15 Report Validation Window for: ...
165
Jun 13 2014 8:54AM
News Announcement Oregon Assessment Guidance Resource Available to All Districts for Assessment Planning
Recognizing that educators at all levels of leadership are faced with many complex decisions around assessment planning, the Oregon Department of Education is providing guidance as well as developing additional professional learning materials to aid ...
166
Jun 12 2014 2:04PM
News Announcement Local Assessment Capacity Building Grant Awardees
As a part of Oregon's Strategic Initiatives, specifically House Bill 3233, the Oregon Department of Education is contracting four district partners to focus on developing local assessment capacity statewide so that Oregon educators can develop, admin...
167
Jun 12 2014 10:05AM
Calendar Kindergarten Assessment File Formats
The draft file formats for the 2014-2015 Oregon Kindergarten Assessment can be viewed on the DCC meeting webpage, under the May 6, 2014 DCC Meeting, at https://district.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=231. The final file formats will be posted i...
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Jun 12 2014 9:55AM
Calendar Deadline Approaching for Ordering 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 July 11, 2014. When ordering assessment materials, DTCs must also...
169
Jun 12 2014 9:48AM
News Announcement Updated - Kindergarten Assessment - Use of Title I, Title I-C Funds, and Title III - Supplement, not Supplant
We've recently been asked to provide clarification regarding the use of Title I, Title I-C funded staff, and Title III to administer the Oregon Kindergarten Assessment. Our partners in the ODE Instruction and Standards Unit and the Equity Unit provid...
170
Jun 12 2014 8:20AM
Calendar NOW AVAILABLE: Digital Library Provisioning Help Desk
Smarter Balanced and Amplify are now providing Tier 1 Technology Help Desk assistance in regard to issues to the Digital Library Provisioning process (June and July,2014 Support Timeline). For assistance please send an email to: DigitalLibraryHe...
171
Jun 10 2014 9:02AM
Calendar REMINDER - Smarter Balanced Online Panel for Achievement Level Setting
In addition to the In-Person Achievement Level Setting Workshops, Smarter Balanced is seeking input from educators, parents, and business/community leaders via an online panel to establish a common set of performance standards on the Smarter Balanced...
172
Jun 6 2014 10:57AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - June 6, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for June 6, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: Test Administration - OAKS Online, ELPA & Writ...
173
Jun 6 2014 10:48AM
News Announcement OAKS Online 2013-14 Partials Available
OAKS Online partial test records (any test where the student completed one or more questions, but never finished the test) were loaded to Student Centered Staging on Friday, June 6. Records where the student completed 1-4 questions have a Test Attemp...
174
Jun 6 2014 8:14AM
News Announcement Oregon Completes Smarter Balanced Field Test
As of today, June 6, 2014, Oregon students in select schools across the state successfully completed the Smarter Balanced field test. Along with more than 4 million students nationwide, approximately 40,000 Oregon students from 221 schools across 90 ...
175
Jun 4 2014 3:20PM
News Announcement Reminder: NEW ELPA Individual Student Reports Now Available
During school year 2012-13, ODE worked with Title III directors and stakeholders to create an updated Individual Student Report (ISR) for the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) for use during the 2013-14 school year. After multiple opport...
176
Jun 4 2014 3:11PM
Calendar Third Period Cumulative ADM Audit Window Closing
The Third Period Cumulative ADM Audit window is closing today, June 6 at 11:59 PM. Please be sure to check for any audits in the Third Period collection prior to this deadline. For questions, please consult the Cumulative ADM Audit Manual , or c...
177
Jun 4 2014 2:57PM
News Announcement 2014-15 Preliminary Oregon Accessibility Manual (formerly Oregon Accommodations Manual) Now Available
To help district test coordinators prepare for the 2014-15 school year, ODE has posted the 2014-15 Preliminary Oregon Accessibility Manual (OAM) to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=487. The purpose of the Preliminary OAM is to provide distr...
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May 30 2014 11:08AM
Calendar Important Dates for Summer 2014
Date Event May 29 - June 6 Audit Review Window for: Third Period Cumulative ADM 2013-2014 May 30 @ 11:59 PM Collection Window Closes for: ESEA Title III Limited English Proficiency 2013-2014 June 2 Winter Writing Appeals are ...
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May 30 2014 9:56AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - May 30, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for May 30, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: Test Administration - OAKS Online, ELPA & Writ...
180
May 30 2014 8:55AM
News Announcement Guidance for Locating a Spanish Bilingual Assessor for the Oregon Kindergarten Assessment
The Early Spanish Literacy “Spanish Letter Names” measure included in the 2014-2015 Oregon Kindergarten Assessment is required to be administered to all identified Spanish-Speaking English Learners (ELs). This measure must be administered by a biling...
181
May 28 2014 1:51PM
Calendar Reminder: Spring Paper Writing Assessment Shipping Deadline June 3
Districts participating in the spring paper-based Writing assessment must ship completed tests for scoring by next Tuesday, June 3, 2014. As stated on p. 19 of the Test Administration Manual, any tests that are shipped after June 3 will not be scored...
182
May 28 2014 1:44PM
News Announcement Kindergarten Assessment - Use of Title I Funds - Supplement, not Supplant
We've recently been asked to provide clarification regarding the use of Title I funded staff to administer the Oregon Kindergarten Assessment. Our partners in the ODE Instruction and Standards Unit provided the following guidance, which applies to sc...
183
May 28 2014 1:28PM
News Announcement Student Centered Staging Open for Editing 2013-2014 Test Records
Student Centered Staging is open for editing 2013-2014 test records as of noon on Wednesday, May 28. 2013-2014 subjects will close again at 5 PM on Friday, May 30 for preliminary Report Card processing, and will re-open for editing by noon on Tuesday...
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May 28 2014 8:39AM
Calendar Third Period Cumulative ADM Audit Window Open
The Third Period Cumulative ADM Audit window opened yesterday, May 29. This window will be open to all Cum ADM data submitters through June 6. For questions regarding the audits, see the audit manual here: https://district.ode.state.or.us/apps/i...
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May 28 2014 7:53AM
Calendar Student Centered Staging Closed for 2013-14 Report Card Preliminary Processing
Student Centered Staging will be closed for editing 2013-2014 test records on May 30 at 5 PM for preliminary Report Card processing. Secure Assessment Reports (2013-2014 records) will also be unavailable during this time. Student Staging 2013-20...
186
May 28 2014 7:47AM
News Announcement 2014-15 Oregon Statewide Assessments: Guidance for Documenting Accommodations on IEPs
Guidance regarding the documentation of accommodations on IEPs for the 2014-15 Oregon Statewide Assessments is posted on the Assessment Accommodations webpage at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=487. Please note this guidance is for 2014-15...
187
May 23 2014 8:57AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - May 23, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for May 23, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: Test Administration - OAKS Online, ELPA & Writ...
188
May 23 2014 8:46AM
News Announcement District Test Coordinator and Information Only Contact Form for 2014-15 Now Available
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. It should be noted, this form ...
189
May 22 2014 3:36PM
News Announcement Smarter Balanced Updates
RELEASED: Newest Version of Practice Test Smarter Balanced released a refreshed version of the practice test Monday of this week. Included in the practice test are all the tools, designated supports, and accommodations included in the field test for...
190
May 21 2014 12:01PM
Calendar OAKS Online and Writing Test Windows Closed
The OAKS Online, Online Writing, and paper-based Writing test windows closed on Thursday, May 22. Now that the test windows are closed, AIR will push through all partial OAKS Online and Online Writing tests for scoring. Paper-based writing tests comp...
191
May 21 2014 11:51AM
Calendar Third Period Cumulative ADM Closing
The 2013-2014 Third Period Cumulative ADM submission window will be closing today, May 23, 2014 at 11:59 PM. Audits for this collection will be open for review from May 29 - June 6. You can find the audit manual online here: https://district.ode.stat...
192
May 21 2014 10:59AM
News Announcement ELPA April 2014 Test Scores Available on May 23
Scores for students who completed the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) between April 1 and April 15, 2014 were posted in Student Centered Staging and Accountability Warehouse Extract (AWE) on the ODE secure district website and also in ...
193
May 21 2014 10:53AM
News Announcement OAKS Extended Assessment 2013-14 Test Records Available May 23, 2014
OAKS Extended Mathematics, Extended Reading, Extended Science, and Extended Writing Assessment records were loaded in Student Centered Staging on May 23, 2014 and are currently available for editing in Student Centered Staging. Extended records are a...
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May 21 2014 9:07AM
Calendar Alert - Accountability Warehouse Extract (AWE) Application Downloads
Starting May 28 afternoon, 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 2013-2014 assessmen...
195
May 21 2014 8:59AM
News Announcement Statewide Assessment Accessibility Supports (Formerly Accommodations)
In preparation for the 2014-15 statewide assessments, the Oregon Department of Education is working on a preliminary draft of the new accommodations manual (“Oregon Accessibility Manual”) that is expected out by the end of May. Until then, please ref...
196
May 16 2014 11:28AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - May 16, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for May 16, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: Test Administration - OAKS Online, ELPA & Writ...
197
May 16 2014 11:23AM
News Announcement ELPA Batch 2 Reporting
The American Institutes for Research (AIR) changed several aspects of ELPA reporting procedures this year, including when student results appear in the Online Reporting System (ORS). Unlike previous years, student results appear in the ORS only after...
198
May 14 2014 5:28PM
Calendar Opportunity to Contribute to Assessment Policy on Essential Skills
ODE is seeking current or former educators with assessment expertise for the Essential Skills Review Panel. For this year’s recruitment, we are seeking panelists who have a high-level of familiarity with Smarter Balanced and test development as well ...
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May 14 2014 12:32PM
Calendar Student Centered Staging Closes for 2013-14 Report Card Preliminary Processing
Student Centered Staging will be closed for editing all 2013-2014 test records at the following times: Friday, May 23 at 5 PM until noon on Wednesday, May 28. Friday, May 30 at 5 PM until noon on Tuesday, June 3. Secure Assessment Reports ...
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May 8 2014 10:36AM
News Announcement Assessment and Accountability Update - May 9, 2014
This is the Assessment & Accountability Update for May 9, 2014. You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website. In This Issue: Test Administration - OAKS Online, ELPA & Writi...
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