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|CCSS and Oregon's Alternate Assessment - Overview and Opportunity - October 2012|
Per Oregon’s 2010 adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and its commitment to the outcomes of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC)--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 has joined the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) alternate assessment consortium as a Tier II state. The National Center and State Collaborative (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, the Oregon Department of Education will be provided with access to high quality teaching tools and instructional materials aligned to 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.
In light of the above, the Oregon Department of Education is in the process of identifying administrators, teachers, and specialists from special and general education who would be willing to join a recently formed Oregon Community of Practice charged with reviewing Curriculum and Instruction and Professional Development modules that we have recently received from NCSC.
If you or someone you know would be interested, please contact Brad Lenhardt at Brad.Lenhardt@state.or.us by October 22, 2012.
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