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|Assessment and Accountability Update - January 19, 2012|
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 UpdatedThe 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 .
Training on Essential Skills Workshops Still AvailableOpportunities 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:
To see more detailed descriptions of the workshops, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/wma/teachlearn/testing/resources/es_trainingoftrainers_1112.pdf .
To register for a WebEx training of trainers, e-mail Natalie Aichlmayr at Natalie.email@example.com .
Order Window for OAKS Extended Assessment Braille and Large Print Closes FridayFriday, 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 via email or fax to Bob Disher 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 .
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 or (503)947.5755.
ELPA Test Takers Must Have LEP Flag SetThe 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 ResourcesThe 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 .
Updated Mathematics Resources Now Available on the ODE Website
OAKS Online Tests Administered To DateAs of January 17, 2012 the following number of tests have been started and reported by subject:
Development of the Common Assessment for 2014-15 - January 19, 2012The 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 firstname.lastname@example.org .
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.
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.
Reminder: Staff Position 2011-12 Closes February 3, 2012The 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 .
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