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Statewide Assessment Accessibility Supports

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) strives 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. In the process of developing its next-generation assessments to measure students’ knowledge and skills as they progress toward college and career readiness, ODE recognizes that the validity of assessment results depends on each and every student having appropriate accessibility supports (formerly “accommodations”) when needed based on the constructs being measured by the particular statewide assessment. To that end, please consult the Oregon Accessibility Manual as well as the related resources and links posted on this webpage.

  • 2014-15 Oregon Accessibility Manual PDF   Updated 03/16/2015 (1.46 MB)
    The Oregon Accessibility Manual (OAM) provides districts, schools, and IEP teams policies and requirements that will govern the provision of accessibility supports for students participating in the 2014-2015 Oregon Statewide Assessments.
  • 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 statewide assessment accessibility supports on IEPs for the 2014-15 Oregon Statewide Assessments. Please note this guidance is for 2014-15 only.

Smarter Balanced Assessments Resources
  • Smarter-OAKS Accessibility Crosswalk Excel Spreadsheet   12/10/2013 (93 KB)
    While the ODE-developed crosswalk may be a useful resource for a preliminary review of many of the accessibility features available to students, official policy and procedures related to the identification and provision of accessibility supports currently available to students participating in Oregon’s statewide assessments are found in the 2014-15 Oregon Accessibility Manual.
  • Scribing Protocol for Smarter Balanced Assessments  External Link  
    For information on training, documentation requirements, and decision-making criteria for use of scribes and all other statewide assessment accessibility supports please see the Oregon Accessibility Manual.
  • Guidelines for Read Aloud, Test Reader for Smarter Balanced Assessments  External Link  
    For information on training, documentation requirements, and decision-making criteria for use of test readers and all other statewide assessment accessibility supports please see the Oregon Accessibility Manual.
  • Instructions for Using Embedded Glossaries    
  • Embedded Accommodation – American Sign Language (ASL) Instructions PDF   09/19/2014 (166.56 KB)
    This document provides instructions on how to access and use the American Sign Language (ASL) embedded accommodation.
  • Spring 2015 Operational Test Accessibility Resources PDF   New 03/12/2015 (151.36 KB)
    Smarter Balanced has created a document to compare the Universal Tools, Designated Supports, and Accommodations that were available on the Spring 2014 Field Test to accessibility resources that are available on the Spring 2015 Operational Test. Any updates or additions to Accessibility Resources are highlighted in the table and details are provided.

Additional Resources
  • 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.
  • Oregon Math Read-Aloud Guidelines and Examples (12th grade Math retest only) 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.

Related Pages
  • Individualized Student Accessibility and Accommodations Profile (ISAAP) tool  External Link  
    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.
  • Accessibility Supports and Modification Tracking Sheet MS-Word   12/22/2014 (53 KB)
    This tracking sheet can be used by test administrators to ensure that accessibility supports and modifications are properly recorded.
  • 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.
  • Recommendation for Accessibility Support Form MS-Word  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.


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