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4/11/2013 2:01:00 PM
Winter Writing Appeals and Writing Essential Skills Graduation Requirement

The deadline for districts to submit appeals for the winter OAKS writing assessment is June 1, 2013, with rescoring occurring over the summer. Given that many districts make final graduation decisions by early June, ODE has received questions regarding an expedited appeals process for those seniors that took the OAKS writing assessment during the winter window and did not meet the achievement standard. Due to the time and resources needed to process, score, and return appeals, it is not feasible for ODE to set up an expedited appeals process for seniors. Instead, ODE recommends that districts consider allowing seniors who did not meet the achievement standard on the OAKS writing assessment the opportunity to meet the Essential Skills writing requirement using work samples—perhaps revising their OAKS writing assessment for use as one of the two required work samples. When revising the OAKS writing assessment for use as a work sample, districts must follow the Test Administration Manual guidelines.

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