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Best Practices Guide for Administering OAKS

In response to ORS 329.486, ODE has collaborated with stakeholders to produce a best practices guide for administering OAKS to help schools and districts develop test administration policies and procedures that maximize the usefulness of assessment data and minimize the impact on instruction. As directed by ORS 329.486, the Best Practices Guide includes guidance around appropriately administering the OAKS as a summative assessment and around retesting students in grades 3 - 8 who have already met or exceeded the achievement standards. The Oregon State Board of Education formally adopted the Best Practices Guide on January 20, 2012. To assist districts in developing their communication strategies around retesting, ODE has also provided sample parent letters in both English and Spanish.

Test Administration Manual

  • 2014-15 Test Administration Manual PDF   08/01/2014 (1.44 MB)
    The Interim Test Administration Manual provides districts with advance notice on the anticipated polices and requirements for the operational Smarter Balanced assessments in mathematics and English language arts and locks down all policies and requirements governing administration of the 2014-15 Oregon Statewide Assessments that are not specific to the new Smarter Balanced Assessments.

    Once the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium releases its final policies and requirements that will govern the operational administration of the Smarter Balanced assessments, ODE will publish a Final Test Administration Manual that includes the final policies and requirements for administering the Smarter Balanced assessments.

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