On Tuesday, March 13, Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo released a message to the field announcing that Oregon is the first state in the nation to provide students who use Braille with access to online adaptive testing. Before this school year, Oregon’s students who use Braille took their state tests using printed Braille assessments. Now, thanks to cutting edge technology, Braille users are taking state tests online with their peers. “Thanks to years of work by dedicated staff, educators, and partners, we have provided access not only to our online testing system but also to critical technical tools that will help our students prepare for their futures,” said Superintendent Castillo. “Oregon’s online, adaptive testing system has long been seen as a model in the nation, and now, for the first time, this system is available to all Oregon kids.”
Superintendent Castillo’s full message is available at www.ode.state.or.us/news/announcements/announcement.aspx?ID=8112&TypeID=5.