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Assessment Guidance

Oregon Department of Education (ODE) recognizes that educators at all levels of leadership are faced with many complex decisions around assessment planning. The guidance posted on this page will represent a growing body of resources that districts can use to evaluate the quality of assessments whether they are purchased from an outside source or developed internally.

Resources Currently Available

Oregon Assessment Guidance PDF
Includes Oregon Criteria for High Quality Assessments, which districts can use to evaluate the quality of assessments whether they are purchased from an outside source or developed internally as well as assessment vocabulary and other planning considerations.

Future Development

By the end of summer, 2014
  • For assessment purchasing, ODE will provide questions that district decision makers could ask test developers about how test questions or tasks are created and then evaluated for quality.
  • For assessment development, ODE will provide questions that educators could ask themselves across a series of steps as they locally develop an assessment.
  • ODE will compile information about sources for assessments (commercial and open education resources) to support districts in their procurement decisions.
  • ODE will post an updated version based on feedback in late August; the release of the updated version will be announced in the Assessment and Accountability Update.

By June 2015
  • As a part of the Strategic Initiatives, ODE will contract with a technical assistance provider to develop modules related to assessment development and scoring; these will be made available to support developing high quality questions or tasks, assembling effective assessments, and producing reliable scores. Four districts will receive contracts to focus on building their local assessment capacity and these districts will be identified as resources for nearby districts.

Associated Topics

Testing - Student Assessment
This site contains information about the development, administration, and reports of the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS), along with materials such as sample tests and scored student work.

  • Cristen McLean Email    (503) 947-5842
    Assessment - Operations Policy Analyst

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