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Statewide 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.

NOTE: If you would like to recommend instructional strategies to be included in the accessibility supports and/or modifications tables for the statewide assessments or Work Samples, please see Appendix E of the Oregon Accessibility Manual at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=487


  • 2014-15 Oregon Statewide Assessments: Guidance for Documenting Accommodations on IEPs PDF   05/22/2014 (93.52 KB)
    This PDF provides guidance regarding the documentation of accommodations on IEPs for the 2014-15 Oregon Statewide Assessments. Please note this guidance is for 2014-15 only.
  • Interim 2014-15 Oregon Accessibility Manual PDF   New 08/28/2014 (1.12 MB)
    The interim Oregon Accessibility Manual (OAM) provides districts, schools, and IEP teams with advance notice of the final policies and requirements that will govern the provision of accessibility supports for students participating in the 2014-2015 Oregon Statewide Assessments—except the operational Smarter Balanced assessments in mathematics and English language arts*.

    *Once the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium releases its final accessibility supports policies and requirements, that will be available for the 2014-15 operational administration of the Smarter Balanced assessments, ODE will publish a final Oregon Accessibility Manual.
  • Individualized Student Accessibility and Accommodations Profile (ISAAP) tool. Excel Spreadsheet   New 08/18/2014 (3.41 MB)
    The ISAAP tool is designed to facilitate confirmation of Universal Tools and selection of Designated Supports and Accommodations for students taking the Smarter Balanced assessments (ELA and Mathematics). It is intended to be used in accordance with the ISAAP process outlined in the Smarter Balanced Accessibility and Accommodations Guidelines and state policies and procedures related to assessment accessibility. The ISAAP tool does not take the place of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 Plan. Additional context regarding the ISAAP Process and ISAAP Tool, along with instructions for use, may be found on the "About" and "Instructions" tabs, respectively.


Smarter Balanced Assessments Resources
  • Smarter Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines  External Link  
    Developed in collaboration with member states and nationally recognized experts, the Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines will shape the delivery of online testing for all students, including those with visual, auditory, linguistic, or physical needs. The research-based policy outlines three categories of resources to ensure that the assessments meet the needs of all students.
  • Smarter Accessibility and Accommodations Framework PDF  External Link  
    The overarching goal of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is to provide every student with a positive and productive assessment experience, generating results that are a fair and accurate estimate of each student’s achievement. The Accessibility and Accommodations Framework (Framework) presented in this document contributes to the attainment of that goal by removing obstacles to accurate measurement that frequently confront English language learners (ELLs), students with disabilities, ELLs with disabilities, and other students with special assessment needs.
  • Smarter Accommodations for English Language Learners and Students with Disabilities: A Research-Based Decision Algorithm PDF  External Link  
    Smarter-Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) is charged with the development, field testing, and implementation of systems that provide fair assessment opportunities to every student taking the assessments, including English language learners (ELLs) and students with disabilities (SWDs). In accordance with the current legislation, and in an attempt to level the playing field for all students, SBAC has developed a common accommodation system to reduce or eliminate variations across states
  • Smarter-OAKS Accessibility Crosswalk Excel Spreadsheet   12/10/2013 (93 KB)
    To help districts in their review and implementation of the Smarter Guidelines, ODE has prepared a crosswalk comparing those accessibility features currently available to students for the OAKS Math, Reading, and Writing assessments with the accessibility features available for the Smarter field tests in Mathematics and English Language Arts/Literacy (which includes Reading, Writing, and Listening).
  • Smarter Balanced UAA Implementation Guide  External Link  
    The purpose of this guide is to provide support for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium states in their efforts to communicate information to districts and schools for the successful implementation of the Smarter Balanced assessments.
  • Scribing Protocol for Smarter Balanced Assessments PDF   07/23/2014 (152.79 KB)
    Scribes are allowable on Smarter Balanced Assessments
  • Guidelines for Read Aloud, Test Reader for Smarter Balanced Assessments PDF   07/23/2014 (938.24 KB)
    Students may be eligible to work with a test reader


Additional Resources
  • Oregon Math Read-Aloud Guidelines and Examples PDF   12/20/2012 (649.84 KB)
    Test administrators (TAs) may read numerals and symbols to students when administering a read-aloud accommodation as long as they follow these math read-aloud guidelines.
  • Accessibility Supports and Modification Tracking Sheet MS-Word   08/31/2012 (53 KB)
    This tracking sheet can be used by test administrators to ensure that accessibility supports and modifications are properly recorded.
  • Determining Appropriate Assessment Accommodations for Students with Disabilities PDF  External Link  
    Appropriate accommodations that are necessary to participate in tests.
  • Recommendation for Accessibility Support Form MS-Word  New 08/13/2014 (16.68 KB)
    When teams or individuals feel that a strategy not present in the accessibility supports tables deserves further consideration, they are encouraged to complete and submit this form to ODE for the Accessibility Panel to review. Contact and address information is listed at the bottom of the form.
  • Making Sense of the New Summative Assessment Accessibility Guidelines PDF   New 08/15/2014 (975.13 KB)
    Presented at the COSA Summer Assessment Institute, this PowerPoint provides an overview of the newly adopted Students with Disabilities (SWD) Accessibility guidelines for Oregon’s Summative Assessments (Math, English Language Arts/Literacy, Science, Social Sciences, ELPA, Kindergarten Assessment and Extended Assessments) beginning in 2014-2015. Participants received the following: *Overview of the newly adopted accessibility guidelines, tools (embedded and non-embedded) and resources available (manuals and modules) for Oregon’s Summative Assessment System *IEP and 504 Guidance in regard to the new accessibility guidelines *Lessons learned from the Smarter Balanced Field Test (Accessibility and Test Delivery) *Tips and Tricks to prepare for the 2014-2015 Summative Assessments (TIDE, Practice Tests, Training Tests, ISAAP tool).


Related Pages
  • Braille Interface of OAKS Online
    ODE has collaborated with Oregon educators and content experts, vision teachers and Braillists from around Oregon, the Oregon Textbook and Media Center (OTMC), and ODE’s test vendor, American Institutes for Research (AIR) to adapt the current OAKS Online test for presentation in Braille.
  • Modifications Tables
    These tables explain and regulate the allowable modifications for all students during the administration of assessments. (Except for Smarter ELA and Mathematics)
  • Promising Practices for Implementing Test Administration and Test Security Requirements
    This page provides examples of promising practices for implementing various test administration and security requirements found in the Test Administration Manual. ODE is collaborating with districts from around the state to gather and share examples of promising testing practices.



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