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Online Test AdministrationOregon'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. Each item and stimulus on the Smarter Balanced Mathematics assessment 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 Smarter Balanced Mathematics assessment will include a text-to-speech audio component delivered through the JAWS Screen Reader.


  • Smarter Balanced English Language Arts (ELA). Each item and stimulus on the Smarter Balanced ELA assessment 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, the Smarter Balanced ELA assessment will be available in either Literary Contracted Braille or Literary Un-contracted Braille. Each item or stimulus on the Smarter Balanced ELA assessment 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.

    For the Smarter Balanced Mathematics and ELA assessments, there are special considerations that districts must take into account when administering to students through the Braille Interface. These special considerations are described in the following document:
    Special Considerations for Administering the Smarter Balanced Assessments through the Braille Interface PDF


  • OAKS Science. Each item and stimulus on the OAKS Science assessment 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 Screen Reader.


  • OAKS Social Sciences. Each item and stimulus on the OAKS Social Sciences assessment 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 Screen Reader.



Related Topics
  • 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. The accessibility supports tables explain and regulate the allowable supports for all students during the administration of assessments.
  • Supporting Braille Technologies


  • OAKS Online User Guides


  • District Test Coordinators




Contacts
  • Holly Carter Email    (503) 947-5739
    Assessment - Ops & Policy Analyst

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