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Braille Interface of OAKS Online
Online Test Administration - Braille Interface
Online Test Administration
Oregon's online assessments are available to students who use Braille. Accessing the online assessments through a Braille interface, students who use Braille have the same number of testing opportunities as other students and have access to the adaptive tests. The Braille interface delivers assessments to students in the following formats:
Smarter Balanced Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA).
While the Smarter Balanced assessments support presentation through a Braille interface for students who use Braille, Oregon's Vision Professional Learning Team (PLT) has expressed concern about the inclusion of items that require students to enter their response using Computer Braille Code. At the recommendation of Oregon's Vision PLT, ODE is working closely with its test vendor (AIR) and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium to ensure that students will not be required to input their responses using Computer Braille Code. ODE anticipates a delay of about six weeks in the availability of Smarter Balanced Braille practice tests while ODE and its partners work out a solution.
Each item and stimulus on the OAKS Science assessments will be transcribed into Nemeth Braille and will be printed for the student through a Braille Embosser in real-time as the student progresses through the test. In addition, the OAKS Science assessments will include a text-to-speech audio component delivered through the JAWS 12 Screen Reader.
OAKS Social Sciences.
Each item and stimulus on the OAKS Social Sciences assessments will be delivered to the student through either a 40-cell Refreshable Braille Display or a Braille embosser. Based on the student settings specified by the school district within the OAKS Online System, OAKS Social Sciences will be available in either Literary Contracted Braille or Literary Un-contracted Braille. Each item or stimulus on the OAKS Social Sciences assessments will be automatically displayed to the student using a 40-cell Refreshable Braille Display unless the item or stimulus contains tactile or spatial components; such items and stimuli will be automatically sent to the Braille embosser instead of being displayed on the Refreshable Braille Display. In addition, a student may request embossing for any item or stimulus as the student progresses through the test. In addition, the OAKS Social Sciences assessments will include a text-to-speech audio component delivered through the JAWS 12 Screen Reader.
Test Administration Manual
The Test Administration Manual outlines policies and procedures that all school and district staff involved in administration of the Oregon Statewide Assessments are required to know and understand before administering any Oregon Statewide Assessment.
Assessment Accessibility Supports
In Oregon, the statewide assessment accessibility supports (formerly the Accommodations Tables) are available to all students--although the decision to apply them must be based on an evaluation of individual student need. There are accessibility supports tables for the Smarter Balanced assessment (i.e., ELA and Mathematics), OAKS assessment, Extended assessment, Kindergarten assessment, and the English Language Proficiency (ELPA) assessment. These tables explain and regulate the allowable supports for all students during the administration of assessments.
Supporting Braille Technologies
OAKS Online User Guides
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