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Statewide Alternate (Extended) Assessment

Oregon's Extended Assessments are alternate assessments PDF designed specifically for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. The decision to administer Oregon's Extended Assessment (the alternate assessment) can only be made by the student's IEP team -- including the parent. Because Extended Assessments are based on alternate achievement standards with content that is reduced in depth, breadth, and complexity, test results from these assessments are not comparable to results achieved on the state's general assessment, in spite of the similarity in performance category names: Does not meet, Nearly meets, Meets, and Exceeds.

Extended Assessment “Overview” Module Media Player
This module is designed to:
  • Provide an overview of Oregon’s Alternate (Extended) Assessment Based on Alternate Achievement Standards (AA-AAS).
  • Provide an overview of Oregon’s AA-AAS for 2014-15.

2014-15 Extended Assessments: Ordering and Data Entry Guidance
The following are the instructions for ordering the 2014-15 Extended Assessments as well as for entering data for grades 3-8, 11:


  • Current Test Schedule PDF 10/09/2014 (137.72 KB)

  • Extended Assessment District Secure Web Site External Link
    Qualified Assessors (Qas) and Qualified Trainers (QTs) must have a username and password (provided by their district security administrator) to log on to this site and access the Extended Assessment application for the Extended Assessment test materials (Resource Materials) and to enter the student’s Extended Assessment scores (“Data Entry Instructions”).

  • Qualified Trainer and Qualified Assessor Expectations PDF 07/11/2013 (127.78 KB)
    To administer Extended Assessments to students in the State of Oregon, educators must be appropriately trained as either a Qualified Assessor or a Qualified Trainer of the Extended Assessments.

  • Oregon Extended Assessment Administration Manual PDF
    This manual is intended for educators and parents who are interested in a general overview of the new 2014-15 Extended Assessments - including a description of its architecture (organization and format as well as a review of decision-making for implementation), general administration, and scoring procedures. An overview of the new Extended Assessments and the administration of such will be covered in the 2014-15 Updates on Oregon’s Training & Proficiency website and at the QT training and triennial meeting.

  • Extended Assessment Braille and Large Print Ordering Information MS-Word 12/4/2014 (36.50 KB)
    Deadline for order submission is January 16, 2015.

Achievement/Performance Standards

Achievement (also called “Performance”) Standards define the requirements for a student to meet and exceed on Oregon's Extended Assessment by content area and grade. An achievement standard is an objective definition of a certain level of performance, in a content area at a particular grade, in terms of a cut score or a range of scores on the Extended Assessment psychometric scale. All Alternate Achievement Level Descriptors assume that student curriculum and assessment is based on content standards that have been reduced in depth, breadth, and complexity. This means that Extended Assessment results cannot be used to compare to the results of students who are taking the General OAKS assessment and who are in the same enrolled grade. Best practices now include adoption of cross-subject cross-grade (“General Policy Definitions”) and grade-level Achievement Level Descriptors prior to standards setting.


Sample Tests

Sample tests demonstrate the types of questions students might encounter on the Oregon Statewide Extended Assessment administered each year.

Regional Assessment Support


  • Oregon's Extended Assessment Training and Proficiency Site External Link
    Individuals who were Qualified Assessors or Qualified Trainers last year or individuals who are interested in becoming a QA or QT this year are required to access this site in order to review the Updates, training, and pass the appropriate proficiency test to re-qualify or qualify to administer the Extended Assessment to students for the current school year.

Assessment Development and Transitions

  • New 2014-15 Oregon Extended Assessment PDF
    The Oregon Department of Education has partnered with Behavioral Research & Teaching at the University of Oregon to develop a new Oregon Extended Assessment (ORExt). The substantive redesign will support measuring academic growth over time for students with significant cognitive disabilities. This PDF provides an outline of key information related to the new 2014-15 Oregon Extended Assessment.
  • Test Blueprints
    With the rollout of the 2014-15 Extended Assessments, a test blueprint Guide as well as blueprints for each Content Area (i.e., ELA, Mathematics, and Science)—elaborating current assessment priorities--will be available in February
  • Alternate (“Extended”) Assessment Technical Report PDF 09/30/2013 (3.38 MB)
  • Assessment Peer Review Documentation
    Technical Manuals Volumes 1 - 10

  • Oregon's process for evaluating and identifying an alternate assessment: Process and Timeline Description PDF 02/27/2014 (505.98 KB)


  • Bradley J. Lenhardt Email    (503) 947-5755
    Education Programs & Assessment - Alternate Assessment Specialist

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