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Assessment Accommodations


In Oregon, accommodations are available to all students, although the decision to apply accommodations must be based on an evaluation of individual student need.

For statewide assessments, there are accommodations tables for OAKS assessments in reading, mathematics, science, and social sciences as well as accommodations tables for the Writing Performance assessment, Kindergarten assessment and English Language Proficiency (ELPA) assessment. These tables explain and regulate the allowable accommodations for all students during the administration of assessments.

NOTE: If you would like to recommend instructional strategies to be included on the accommodations and/or modifications tables for the statewide assessments, please click on the link below titled, “Accommodations Recommendation Submission Form”.


  • Accommodations Manual 2013-14  PDF  02/11/2014 (1.17 MB)
    Accommodations referenced in this manual are those specific practices and procedures that the Oregon Accommodations Panel has approved for use with Oregon's statewide assessments.


Accommodations for the Smarter Balanced Assessments
  • 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.


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
    For statewide assessments, there are modifications tables for all Multiple Choice assessments and for the Writing Performance assessment. These tables explain and regulate the allowable modifications for all students during the administration of assessment tests.
  • 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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