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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.
  • Preliminary 2014-15 Oregon Accessibility Manual PDF   Updated 07/10/2014 (1.09 MB)
    The Preliminary Oregon Accessibility Manual provides districts, schools, and IEP teams with advance notice on the anticipated polices and requirements that will govern provision of accessibility supports for students participating in the 2014-2015 Oregon Statewide Assessments--including the operational Smarter Balanced assessments in mathematics and English language arts. In addition, please note that the Preliminary OAM also contains the final accessibility supports policies and requirements in effect for the 2014-2015 Kindergarten Assessment as well as the OAKS (Reading, Writing, and Mathematics) accessibility supports tables that will be available for all students in Grade 12 (2014-15 only) who have not yet met their Essential Skills graduation requirements and would like another OAKS testing opportunity.

    To facilitate the integration of the accessibility supports for the Smarter Balanced assessments into the Oregon Statewide Assessment System, ODE has based the Preliminary OAM on the Smarter Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines (SUAA) as well as crosswalk between these Guidelines and the current Oregon Accommodations Manual; particularly, aligning terminology and protocols.

    ODE will publish an Interim Oregon Accessibility Manual by August 1, 2014 that locks down all policies and requirements that are not specific to the new SUAA Guidelines. Once the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium releases its final accessibility supports policies and requirements that will be available for the operational administration of the Smarter Balanced assessments, ODE will publish a Final Oregon Accessibility Manual.


Smarter Balanced Assessments Resources
  • Smarter Accessibility and Accommodations Framework PDF  External Link New 
    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 New 
    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 Balanced Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines PDF    
    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-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 Guidelines FAQ PDF    
    Smarter Balanced states identified frequently asked questions (FAQs) and developed applicable responses to support the information provided in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium’s Usability, Accessibility, and Accommodations Guidelines. These questions and responses, as well as the information in the Guidelines document apply to the Smarter Balanced interim and summative assessments.
  • Smarter Balanced UAA Implementation Guide PDF   03/14/2014 (737.20 KB)
    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   New 07/23/2014 (152.79 KB)
    Scribes are allowable on Smarter Balanced Assessments
  • Guidelines for Read Aloud, Test Reader for Smarter Balanced Assessments PDF   New 07/23/2014 (938.24 KB)
    Students may be eligible to work with a test reader


Additional Resources


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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