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  • Preliminary 2015-16 TAM PDF   New 05/18/2015 (1004.29 KB)
    The Preliminary TAM contains all final policies for the 2015-16 Kindergarten Assessment administration (Section 10). For all other assessments, the preliminary manual describes anticipated policies. The Preliminary TAM also contains the 2015-16 Statewide Test Schedule (Appendix A). ODE will publish the Final 2015-16 Test Administration Manual by October 1, 2015.

  • 2014-15 Test Administration Manual (revised 1/14/15) PDF   01/14/2015 (1.27 MB)
    The Test Administration Manual (TAM) provides districts with all policies and requirements governing administration of the 2014-15 Oregon Statewide Assessments, including the new Smarter Balanced Assessments, OAKS Online Science and Social Sciences, the English Language Proficiency Assessment, the Kindergarten Assessment, the Extended Assessments, and the Grade 12 OAKS Retest Opportunity. The TAM is required reading for all District Test Coordinators, School Test Coordinators, and Test Administrators. For reading requirements by role, please refer to Section 1.5 Training Requirements of the TAM.
  • Section 6. Administering the Smarter Balanced Mathematics and English Language Arts Assessments (revised 1/14/15) PDF   01/14/2015 (182.44 KB)
    Section 6. Administering the Smarter Balanced Mathematics and English Language Arts Assessments of the Test Administration Manual has been updated to include paraphrased student directions in both English and Spanish. In addition, this section has been updated to include additional information about accessing the non-secure Smarter Balanced classroom activities. To facilitate district printing of the updated Section 6, ODE has posted the updated student directions as a separate file.


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.

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