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Oregon Extended Assessment (ORExt)

Purpose

Oregon's Extended Assessments are alternate assessments 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.

Achievement/Performance Standards

Achievement (also called “Performance”) Standards define the requirements for a student to meet and exceed on Oregon's Extended Assessment (ORExt) 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 ORExt psychometric scale. 

All Alternate Achievement Level Descriptors for the ORExt assume that student curriculum and assessment is based on content standards that have been reduced in depth, breadth, and complexity. This means that ORExt results cannot be used to compare to the results of students who are taking the general assessments and who are in the same enrolled grade.

To access the achievement standards, descriptors, and benchmarks for Mathematics, English Language Arts, and Science. Visit the Oregon Extended Assessment Training & Proficiency website​ and click on the “About” link. ​

  • Oregon's Extended Assessment Training and Proficiency Site

    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.

  • ORExt Monitoring

    This is the information provided to District Test Coordinators and Special Education Directors on the November 29, 2018 webinar (PPT and recording) regarding the new function available to them for monitoring the progress of their districts’ administration and data entry of the Oregon Extended Assessments found on the Oregon Extended Assessment Training & Proficiency website.

  • Essentialized Standards and Curricular and Instructional Materials for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities

    These curricular and instructional resources (including PLAAFP and IEP training modules) are for Oregon educators working with students with significant cognitive disabilities (SWSCD), but many of the materials will be useful for all special and many general educators. All resources are built from the Essentialized Standards (EsSt) that the Oregon Extended Assessment (ORExt) was designed from, published as Essentialized Assessment Frameworks (EAFs). The EAFs for ELA, Math, and Science are posted at training modules.

  • Curricular and Instructional Resources for SWSCD

    With the following description underneath: This website provides information regarding pre-requisite skills, C & I templates for ELA, Math, and Science, and training modules on the PLAAFP and IEP development process.ith the following description underneath: This website provides information regarding pre-requisite skills, C & I templates for ELA, Math, and Science, and training modules on the PLAAFP and IEP development process.

  • Strategies for Meeting the 1% Cap

    The purpose of this Brief is to assist states in identifying strategies to use to meet the state 1% cap on participation in the alternate assessment.

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​Sample tests demonstrate the types of questions students might encounter on the Oregon Statewide Extended Assessment administered each year. To access the samples tests for Mathematics, English Language Arts, and/or Science for elementary, middle, and/or high school, go to the “Training” tab on the Oregon Extended Assessment Training & Proficiency website.

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Technical reports for the Oregon Extended Assessment dating back to 2014-15 are available on request due to the size of the files. Please email ode asmt-team​ if you would like to receive a copy of the most recent report, the 2019ORExtTechRept, or any historical files.
  • Oregon Extended Assessment Guidance

    ODE has updated guidance on the selection process used by IEP teams in determining whether a student should take the Oregon Extended Assessment. This updated guidance takes into account the current policies and focus on Oregon’s assessments appropriately measuring the student populations they were designed to measure.​

  • ESSA-Oregon Extended Assessment 1% Participation Cap Requirement and Projections

    In 2015, Congress reauthorized ESEA as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). ESSA reaffirmed that the alternate assessment is the appropriate assessment for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities to demonstrate their knowledge and skills. ESSA places a 1% cap on participation in the alternate assessment (Oregon's Extended Assessment). ESSA requires that “local educational agencies projected to exceed the 1% cap shall submit information to the State educational agency justifying the need to exceed such cap."  It states that, for each subject, the total number of students assessed using the alternate assessment is not to exceed 1.0 percent of the total number of all students in the state who are assessed in each subject.

    ODE has guidance on the selection process used by IEP teams in determining whether a student should take the Oregon Extended Assessment. Please refer to the Oregon Extended Assessment Guidance with your school teams to ensure each student is taking The Right Assessment for the Right Purpose based on the needs of each student.

    Given the limited participation experienced in the spring of 2021, districts are not required to submit new projections for the 1% Participation Cap for the 2021-22 school year. ODE plans to carry spring 2019 projections forward. However, if you foresee upcoming district participation rates on the Oregon Extended Assessment will differ substantially from what was previously reported for your district in 2019, or that information submitted during that reporting period may be inaccurate, please complete a new Justification Form.  

    For additional information and/or questions, contact Caitlin Gonzales, ODE Special Education Assessment ​​​


​Assessment Support ESD Partner List
Contact information for all assessment and accountability related support.

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  • ​Current Test Schedule​​
  • OR K12 Test​

    Qualified Assessors (QAs) and Qualified Trainers (QTs) must have a username and password to log on to this site and access the Extended Assessment test materials and to enter the student’s Extended Assessment scores.

  • Oregon's Extended Assessment Training and Proficiency Site

    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.

  • Qualified Trainer and Qualified Assessor Expectations

    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.

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For more information about Oregon's Statewide Alternate (Extended) Assessment, please contact Caitlin Gonzales.



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