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9/19/2013 9:40:00 AM
Sign Language Interpretation Accommodation and Statewide Assessments

In February 2013, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) approved the use of the Sign Language Interpretation Accommodation during the OAKS, Extended assessments, and Kindergarten assessment for all content areas except Reading (K&S)/Early Literacy (KA) and the ELPA. The ODE's policy and guidelines related to the appropriate use of this accommodation -- including qualifications for anyone who plans to serve as a signed test interpreter of Oregon's statewide assessments can be found in the Accommodations Manual at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=487.

With this approval and per OAR 581-015-2035, ODE has developed an online training and proficiency site that sign interpreters are required to complete and pass in order to qualify as a sign interpreter who provides deaf/hard-of-hearing students access to the appropriate Oregon Statewide Assessment. The training is available at the following link: http://orschools-ode-accomm.ziptrain.com. The training consists of three sections designed to address interpretation concerns across all tested content areas and grade levels. After the training is completed, interpreters must take and pass a 15-item proficiency test, available in the Proficiency section of the website.

Please contact Brad Lenhardt with ODE if you have any questions regarding interpreter training requirements at brad.lenhardt@state.or.us eMail. Please contact Dan Farley with Behavioral Research and Teaching at the University of Oregon at dfarley@uoregon.edu eMail if you have any questions regarding the training website.

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