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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.
ODE has guidance on the selection process used by IEP teams in determining whether a student should take the Oregon Extended Assessment. It takes into account the current policies and focus on Oregon’s assessments appropriately measuring the student populations they were designed to measure. 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 individual needs of each student.
ESSA-Oregon Extended Assessment 1% Participation Cap Requirement and ProjectionsIn 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. The following Justification Form is used yearly by each LEA who determines they will exceed the 1% cap.
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).
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.
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For additional information and/or questions regarding assessment and accountability related support, contact Caitlin Gonzales, ODE Special Education Assessment Specialist.
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