|12/11/2013 1:00:00 PM|
|Smarter Accessibility Crosswalk Now Available|
On September 11, 2013, the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter) published the Smarter Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines which describes the accessibility features that will be available to students taking the Smarter field test this spring as well as the operational Smarter assessments starting in 2014-15. In preparation for administering the Smarter field test, ODE strongly encourages districts to closely review the Smarter Guidelines.
To help districts in their review and implementation of the Smarter Guidelines, this week Smarter released a Frequently Asked Questions document about the Guidelines. In addition, ODE has prepared a crosswalk comparing those accessibility features currently available to students for the OAKS Math, Reading, and Writing assessments with the accessibility features available for the Smarter field tests in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy (which includes Reading, Writing, and Listening). Both the new FAQ and the Crosswalk, as well the Smarter Guidelines and the Oregon Accommodations Manual, are available from ODE’s Accommodations webpage at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=487.
When reviewing the Crosswalk, districts should take special note of the following:
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