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Assessment and Accountability Update - January 19, 2012
Assessment & Accountability Update

The Assessment & Accountability Update for January 19, 2012 is now available.

You can access this and past issues of the Assessment & Accountability Update on the ODE website.


In This Issue:
  • Assessment and Accountability Checklist Updated
  • Training on Essential Skills Workshops Still Available
  • Order Window for OAKS Extended Assessment Braille and Large Print Closes Friday
  • Extended Assessment Test Administrators (Qualified Trainers and Qualified Assessors)
  • ELPA Test Takers Must Have LEP Flag Set
  • ELPA Allowable Resources
  • Updated Mathematics Resources Now Available on the ODE Website
  • OAKS Online Tests Administered To Date
  • Development of the Common Assessment for 2014-15
  • Reminder: Staff Position 2011-12 Closes February 3, 2012




Assessment and Accountability Checklist Updated

The Assessment and Accountability Checklist has been updated as of January 13, 2012. It is located at http://www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/testing/admin/asmtacctbltychecklist1112.pdf PDF.



Assessment of Essential Skills



Training on Essential Skills Workshops Still Available

Opportunities for individuals to be trained to present local workshops on scoring and developing Essential Skills Work Samples will continue through the winter. Each WebEx session, held from 2:00 to 4:00 PST, provides future trainers with information and material to conduct workshops at the school or district level.

Sessions for January and February include the following:
Jan 18 Level 2 Intro to Reading Scoring for Middle School
Jan 19 Level 2 Intro to Math Scoring for High School
Jan 24 Level 2 Intro to Writing Scoring for Middle School
Jan 31 Level 3 Advanced Math Scoring for High School
Feb 1 Level 4 Developing Math Work Samples HS or MS
Feb 7 Level 2 Intro to Writing Scoring for High School
Feb 8 Level 3 Advanced Writing Scoring for High School
Feb 15 Level 2 Intro to Writing Scoring for Middle School
Feb 16 Level 3 Advanced Math Scoring for High School
Feb 29 Level 4 Developing Reading Work Samples HS or MS

To see more detailed descriptions of the workshops, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/testing/resources/es_trainingoftrainers_1112.pdf PDF.

To register for a WebEx training of trainers, e-mail Natalie Aichlmayr at Natalie.aichlmayr@state.or.us eMail.



Test Implementation



Order Window for OAKS Extended Assessment Braille and Large Print Closes Friday

Friday, January 20, 2012 is the last day of Oregon’s Alternate Assessment (Extended Assessment) Braille and/or Large Print order window for Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Writing. To order, please complete, sign, and submit the attached order form MS-Word via email or fax to Bob Disher eMail at Oregon's Textbook and Media Center (OTMC) by January 20, 2012. Incomplete or unsigned order forms will not be processed. You will receive an email confirmation once OTMC has received your Braille or Large Print test request. If you have additional questions, please contact Brad Lenhardt at Brad.Lenhardt@state.or.us eMail.




Extended Assessment Test Administrators (Qualified Trainers and Qualified Assessors)

A gentle reminder to all new and returning Qualified Trainers and Qualified Assessors that the test administration window opens on February 16, 2012 and that any who plan to administer the Extended Assessments for 2011-12 must (re-)qualify on Oregon’s Extended Assessment Training and Proficiency Website (http://or.k12test.com/), receive security training, and have a Test Administrator Assurance of Test Security form (available at http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/TestSecurity) on file at the District Office, valid for the current school year. To insure your district has the capacity necessary to assess all students who will participate in the Extended Assessment, please do what you can to complete your (re-)qualification process as soon as possible.

If you have any questions please contact Brad Lenhardt at Brad.Lenhardt@state.or.us eMail or (503)947.5755.




ELPA Test Takers Must Have LEP Flag Set

The 2011-12 test window for the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) opened on Wednesday, January 11, 2012 and runs through Thursday, May 10, 2012.

For 2011-12, as in 2010-11, the ELPA will only be available for students whose LEP flag is set to “Y” on the student’s SSID record. Districts can confirm that this flag is appropriately set by viewing the student details tab in the Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) of the OAKS Online System (the day after the SSID record was updated). If a student starts an ELPA test, and the LEP flag is changed to “N” while the test is paused, the student will not be able to continue the ELPA test until the LEP flag has been updated to “Y” in TIDE again.

For more information about administering the ELPA, please see Appendix H – Requirements for ELPA Administration in the 2011-12 Test Administration Manual (http://www.ode.state.or.us/go/tam).




ELPA Allowable Resources

The 2011-12 English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) window opened on Wednesday, January 11, 2012. The list below outlines the allowable resources for use during ELPA administration. This list and additional information can be found on page H-3 of Appendix H of the Test Administrator Manual at http://www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/testing/admin/2011-12-tam.pdf PDF.

Allowable Resources During Administration of the ELPA
  • Blank scratch paper (Must be securely shredded immediately following each testing event)
  • Auditory amplification devices, hearing aids, noise buffers
  • Transparent sheets (clear or tinted) to protect test materials or to improve focus
  • Masks/markers to limit distractions
  • Headset
  • ODE-provided ELPA keyboard navigation symbols
    • Only the ODE-provided ELPA keyboard navigation symbols found online at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=2346 are allowed during the ELPA. They should be made available to students at any grade in printed form, if requested.





Updated Mathematics Resources Now Available on the ODE Website

  • Downloadable Sample Tests Translated to Spanish:
  • Downloadable Plain Language Student Versions of the Mathematics Problem Solving Scoring Guide are now available in English and Spanish at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=2667.
    • Mathematics Problem Solving Support Documents also available in the same location.




OAKS Online Tests Administered To Date

As of January 17, 2012 the following number of tests have been started and reported by subject:

Math Reading Science Social Sciences ELPA Writing Total
Started 74,313 112,030 27,807 1,553 902 372 216,977
Reported 70,235 103,328 27,141 1,491 478 55 202,728




Development of the Common Assessment for 2014-15 - January 19, 2012

The Fourth Quarter Project Report from the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium is available—The quarterly project report for the period ending September 30, 2011 can be found at http://www.smarterbalanced.org/Resources.aspx. The report details the Consortium’s progress in key areas and provides updates for each work group.

Answering Open Questions
Each week SBAC addresses a question or two on the minds of Consortium members. Send your questions to sbac@wested.org eMail.

One of our states writes: We have a few questions about the paper-pencil test that we may administer in 2015. We are receiving questions from our schools about not being ready for the online test but need some assistance in these questions before we decide one way or another.
  1. What is the turnaround time on scoring these tests?
  2. How long will the Consortium provide the paper-pencil test?
  3. How much will the paper-pencil test cost compared to the online test?
  4. How will these paper-pencil tests be scored since they are not computer adaptive?
  5. Can we really compare results from these two tests, since one is adaptive and one is not?

SMARTER Balanced will make a paper-and-pencil administration option for the summative assessment available to states for three years following the launch of the assessment system (through 2016-17). The paper-and-pencil option is designed to help bridge the transition to online assessments for states where access to computers for test administration remains a challenge in 2014-15.

Consistent with the proposal to the U.S. Department of Education, any additional costs with the administration of the paper-and-pencil assessment will be borne by states electing to use this option. Both turnaround time for results and administration costs depend on several as yet unknown factors, including how much hand-scoring will be necessary. For example, costs would likely be lower—and turnaround faster—if constructed-response items can reliably be converted to a digital format and scored using the automated scoring engine. We will continue to keep states informed of the expected cost of the paper-and-pencil administration as the summative assessment is developed and field tested.

Regarding comparability, many states have used paper-and-pencil and online assessments side-by-side with little difference in the scaling of scores. The paper-and-pencil and CAT assessments will both adhere to the same blueprint, and we will verify the validity and comparability of the two tests during standard setting. While it is true that the CAT will assess a broader range of skills than the paper-and-pencil test, we fully expect that the overall scores will be comparable.



Accountability



Reminder: Staff Position 2011-12 Closes February 3, 2012

The 2011-12 Staff Position Collection will close February 3, 2012. Please remember to check for errors and warnings before the collection closes.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact your Regional Collections Support Partner PDF.


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  • Kathy Busby Email    (503) 947-5844
    Instruction, Standards, Assessment, and Accountability - 2 - Project Manager
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