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9/20/2012 11:55:00 AM
CCSS and Oregon's Alternate Assessment - Overview and Opportunity

Per Oregon’s 2010 adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and its commitment to the outcomes of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter)--to ensure instruction is aligned to the CCSS and subsequent alternate assessments are reliable, valid, and can be used for accountability purposes--the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has joined the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) alternate assessment consortium as a Tier II state. The NCSC (www.ncscpartners.org) is a project led by five centers and 19 Tier I states along with five Tier II Affiliated states to build an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The goal of the NCSC project is to ensure that students with the most significant cognitive disabilities achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options. Because a well-designed end-of-year test alone is not enough to achieve that goal, NCSC will also develop a comprehensive system that addresses the curriculum, instruction, and assessment needs of students with the most significant cognitive disabilities by: producing a technically defensible summative alternate assessment, incorporating evidence-based instruction and curriculum models, and developing comprehensive approaches to professional development.

As a Tier II NCSC member, ODE will be provided with access to high quality teaching tools and instructional materials aligned to the CCSS (and the new alternate assessment being developed) and will provide professional development to the field regarding resources and training for instruction in academic material needed for college and career readiness. These resources are intended to support Oregon educators and Individualized Education Program (IEP) teams as they design and implement appropriate instruction that addresses content and skill expectations aligned to the CCSS, with the goal of preparing Oregon students with the most significant cognitive disabilities for postsecondary life.

ODE is in the process of identifying the following Technical Assistance Providers/Consultants who would be willing to become a member of Oregon’s Community of Practice and serve as beta testers and evaluators of Curriculum and Instruction and Professional Development modules that we anticipate being delivered to us electronically in fall, 2012:
  • Technical Assistance Providers/Consultants Needed:
    • Occupational Therapist, Physical Therapist, Vision, Hearing, Inclusion Specialist, Content Experts
If you or someone you know would be interested, please contact Brad Lenhardt at Brad.Lenhardt@state.or.us eMail. In addition to ensuring the administration of the current alternate (Extended) Assessments to any/all students identified by their IEP teams to participate in them, Districts and ESDs are permitted to use remaining Extended Assessment sub grants to support the participation of ODE-identified licensed staff in this transition effort.

For more information please contact Brad Lenhardt at Brad.Lenhardt@state.or.us eMail.

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Contact(s) for this Announcement
  • Bradley J. Lenhardt Email    (503) 947-5755
    Education Programs & Assessment - Alternate Assessment Specialist
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