Oregon Department of Education

Oregon's Participation in the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Assessment Consortium


The National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) Assessment Consortium is a collection of more than 24 Partner and Affiliated states and five centers that have been working collaboratively since 2010 to develop an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS).

Per Oregon's 2010 adoption of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and its commitment to the outcomes of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) -- to ensure instruction is aligned to the CCSS and subsequent alternate assessments are reliable, valid, and can be used for accountability purposes -- the Oregon Department of Education has joined the National Center and State Collaborative (NCSC) alternate assessment consortium as a Tier II affiliate state.

The resources and documents on this page are designed to assist districts and schools to better understand this project -- building an alternate assessment based on alternate achievement standards (AA-AAS) for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities -- and the goal of ensuring these students achieve increasingly higher academic outcomes and leave high school ready for post-secondary options.


Related Resources

  • Common Core State Standards and Students with Disabilities    
    Students with diverse needs must be challenged to excel within the general curriculum and be prepared for success in their post-school lives. The implementation of the CCSS provides an historic opportunity to improve access to rigorous academic content standards for students with diverse needs. The documents on these pages provide all educators with resources that focus on the differentiated instruction of students with special needs. Educators should continue to reference the resources available on other CCSS pages for content-specific information.

  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium: Support for Underrepresented Students  External Link  
    The Smarter Balanced assessment system will provide accurate measures of achievement and growth for students with disabilities and English language learners. The assessments will address visual, auditory, and physical access barriers—as well as the unique needs of English language learners—allowing virtually all students to demonstrate what they know and can do.

  • National Alternate Assessment Center  External Link  
    NAAC is a five-year project funded under the United States Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP). NAAC has four primary objectives: to bring together and build on high quality, technically sound alternate assessments; to demonstrate high quality design through our selected partner states; to administer all types of alternate assessments; and finally, to provide technical assistances through high quality dissemination practices.

  • Bradley J. Lenhardt Email    (503) 947-5755
    Education Programs & Assessment - Alternate Assessment Specialist