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3/14/2014 9:18:00 AM
Oregon Customized Smarter Balanced Field Test Administration Manual (TAM) Now Available

ODE has posted an Oregon customized Smarter Balanced Field Test Administration Manual (TAM) to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3298. This Oregon customized Smarter Balanced TAM aligns terminology and protocols with Oregon requirements where possible and calls out differences in policy between Oregon's current Statewide Assessment System and the Smarter Balanced field test. These customizations are summarized below:
  • Changed “DC” to “DTC” and “SC” to “STC” to align to Oregon terminology (throughout)
  • Clarified Oregon-specific training and reading requirements and recommendations (Sections 1.4 and 2.2)
  • Clarified that eligibility criteria for Smarter Balanced accommodations are different from the criteria currently applied for accommodations under the Oregon Statewide Assessment System (Sections 2 and 8)
  • Clarified that eligibility criteria for printed passages in the Smarter Balanced Field Test are different from the criteria currently applied under the Oregon Statewide Assessment System (Section 3.2)
  • Aligned test security terminology and reporting procedures with Oregon terminology and procedures (Section 4 and throughout)

Oregon schools participating in the Smarter Balanced field test this spring must use this Oregon customized Smarter Balanced TAM to ensure secure and valid administration of the Smarter Balanced field test.


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(page numbers refer to the Oregon Customized Smarter Balanced Field Test Administration Manual)

  • There is no pause limit on Performance Tasks. However, the test will expire 10 days after the start of the test (p. 51).
  • Confirmation codes are students’ first names, as entered in TIDE (p. 28).
  • Please be sure to report all SB Field Test issues to your Regional ESD Partner.


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