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10/3/2012 4:52:00 PM
MEMORANDUM NO. 002-2012-13 – Extended Assessment: High School Retake Policy

To: Superintendents, Principals, and Special Education Directors
Re: Extended Assessment: High School Retake Policy

Under OAR 581-022-0615: Assessment of Essential Skills, students are required to demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills in order to receive a regular or modified diploma. As identified in Appendix K PDF of the Test Administration Manual, students may use the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills; for students on an IEP seeking a modified diploma, this includes the OAKS Extended Assessment.

New for 2012-13, ODE has adopted a policy allowing students whose IEP indicates the OAKS Extended Assessments to retest in their 12th grade year, if they did not meet the alternate achievement standard as 11th graders, for any of the subject areas tested by this assessment (i.e., Reading, Mathematics, Science, and Writing) . While retests are not mandatory, like those who participate in the OAKS statewide assessments, districts should have testing opportunities available for grade 12 students with disabilities who wish to retake an OAKS Extended Assessment(s)--especially those needing to demonstrate proficiency for the Essential Skills graduation requirement.

Students' Extended Assessment performance data/scores will be available May 31, 2013.

For additional information please contact Brad Lenhardt at Brad.Lenhardt@state.or.us eMail or (503) 947-5755.
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  • Bradley J. Lenhardt Email    (503) 947-5755
    Education Programs & Assessment - Alternate Assessment Specialist
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