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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 (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.

Under the C&I Resources tab on the Oregon Extended Assessment Training & Proficiency website you will find the following useful resources: pre-requisite skills, Curricular & Instruction templates, the achievement standards, descriptors and benchmarks for ELA, Math and Science, training modules on Present Level of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance (PLAAFP), and Individual Education Plan (IEP) development process resources. These curricular and instructional resources 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 education  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).​

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  • Oregon Extended Assessment Training and Proficiency Site (Account required to access site content)
    To administer the Extended Assessments to students in the State of Oregon, educators must be appropriately trained as either a Qualified Assessor (QA) or a Qualified Trainer (QT). All users must have a username and password to log on to the 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 the site in order to review the updates, trainings, and pass the appropriate proficiency test to re-qualify or qualify to administer the Extended Assessment to students for the current school year, annually.
  • Users who would like to gain access to the site, without going through the training process of becoming a QA or QT, are able to register for an account on the homepage, and will have access with limited permissions.

Sample tests demonstrate the types of questions students might encounter on the Oregon Statewide Extended Assessment. To access sample tests for English Language Arts, Mathematics, and/or Science for grades 3-8 and 11, go to the main login page of the Oregon Extended Assessment Training & Proficiency website and click on the “Practice Test" link at the bottom of the page. No account is required to access the ORExt Practice Tests.​​

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.AssessmentTeam@ode.oregon.gov if you would like to receive a copy of the most recent report, the 2019ORExtTechRept, or any historical files. ​

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For additional information and/or questions regarding assessment and accountability related support, contact Caitlin Gonzales, ODE Special Education Assessment Specialist.