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2/18/2014 2:51:00 PM
Smarter Balanced Field Test: IEP Guidance Follow Up

In preparation for the Smarter Balanced field test that will involve students with disabilities, ODE is offering the following information based upon guidance provided by the U.S. Department of Education:

Under 34 C.F.R. § 300.320(a)(6)(i), each student's IEP must include a statement of any individual accommodations that are necessary to measure the academic achievement and functional performance of the child on State and district-wide assessments.

The Oregon Department of Education has received approval from the U.S. Department of Education to offer double-testing flexibility as part of the Smarter Balanced field test. The field test, which will take place March 18 through June 6, 2014, includes two tests, English language arts and Mathematics. Field test participants were selected based on a volunteer pool of schools and districts that indicated interest in one or more grade levels taking one or both of the tests. Double testing flexibility allows schools participating in the Smarter Balanced field test to determine whether or not to also test participating students on the current state test, the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS), which is used for various school and district accountability purposes. At this time, 243 schools across 98 districts are enrolled in the field test.

If an IEP team determines that a child with an IEP will participate in the Smarter Balanced field tests, then the IEP team must ensure that the child's current IEP lists accommodations that are appropriate and provided on the Smarter Balanced field tests. If the IEP lists accommodations that are not provided on the Smarter Balanced Field Test, then the IEP team can amend or change the IEP to correct the accommodations following the allowable methods for changing an IEP, or determine that the student may take the OAKS using the accommodations provided for in the current IEP and not change the IEP.

If you are one of the districts that volunteered to participate in the Smarter Balanced Field Test, for students who would otherwise take the Extended Assessment, these students should participate in the Extended Assessment as identified in their IEP.

For additional information, please contact the staff below:

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Contact(s) for this Announcement
  • Bradley J. Lenhardt Email    (503) 947-5755
    Education Programs & Assessment - Alternate Assessment Specialist
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