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4/12/2012 2:52:00 PM
New Online Scoring Guide Training Tool Now Available

The Dynamic Integrated Scoring Calibration System (DISCS) is now available! DISCS is an online scoring guide training tool designed to aid educators in calibrating to the Oregon Official State Scoring Guides for the Essential Skills of Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. The tutorial materials and scoring practice activities included in this resource allow educators to self-evaluate and improve their current levels of proficiency using the Official State Scoring Guides. Student work samples scored with the Official State Scoring Guides may be used to demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills to meet diploma requirements.

Currently, High School Reading and Writing materials are available on DISCS. High School Mathematics Problem Solving will be added soon, as will middle school reading, writing and math. Each addition will be announced through Assessment and Accountability Update as well as other ODE communication tools. Middle school students are not required to demonstrate proficiency in Essential Skills, but the use of work samples and scoring guides assists students and teachers in identifying strengths and weaknesses and preparing for high school work samples.

In order to access DISCS, click the link and follow the instructions provided at http://discs.orvsd.org/

If you have questions about policy and implementation of DISCS, please contact Derek Brown, Manager, Assessment of Essential Skills (derek.brown@state.or.us eMail) or 503-947-5841. If you need assistance navigating DISCS, please contact Cari White (cari.white@state.or.us eMail) or 503-947-5821.

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