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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 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.
With the reauthorization of ESEA as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) the requirement changed for the alternate assessment based on alternate academic achievement standards (e.g., Oregon’s Extended Assessment): ESSA places a 1% cap on participation in the assessment. It states that, for each subject, the total number of students assessed using the alternate assessment is not to exceed 1 percent of the total number of all students in the State who are assessed in each subject. Additionally, it states that local educational agencies exceeding the 1% cap shall submit information to the State educational agency justifying the need to exceed such cap.” In response to this new requirement, please click the ESSA “1% Participation Requirement” to access the PPT and The 1% Participation Requirement Recording to learn more about:
Sample tests demonstrate the types of questions students might encounter on the Oregon Statewide Extended Assessment administered each year.
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