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Statewide Alternate (Extended) Assessment


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.


  • ​Current Test Schedule
  • Extended Assessment District Secure Website
    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
    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
    This manual is intended for educators and parents who are interested in a general overview of the Oregon's Extended Assessments - including a description of its architecture (e.g., organization, format) as well as general administration and scoring procedures for both paper-pencil and tablet administration options.
  • Braille and Large Print Order Form
    Please use this form when ordering Braille or Large Print Extended Assessments.  This order form will only be processed if it is submitted and signed by the District Test Coordinator during the appropriate order window listed below.  Return completed forms to or fax to 503-385-4716.

​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.

  • English/Language Arts
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • 2013-14 & 2014-15 Cut Scores and Benchmarks Comparison
    With the transition to an Extended Assessment based on new state content standards in ELA (i.e., Reading, Writing), Math, and Science, ODE is aware that IEP teams may need information that compares or "equates" the Reading, Writing, Math, and Science cut scores of the "old" Extended Assessments with the "new" ones. With that in mind, the tables of these cut scores and benchmarks (or Levels) comparing 2013-14 and 2014-15 are provided here.
  • ESSA “1% Participation Requirement”

    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:

  1. The ESSA 1% Participation requirement.
  2. The online secure form for districts to use in submitting information to ODE (by 2.15.19) justifying the need to exceed the 1% participation cap (Justification Form), and
  3. ODE’s oversight responsibilities (cf. Oregon Extended Assessment Guidance on the selection process used by IEP teams in determining whether a student should take the Oregon Extended Assessment.)
  • Extended Assessment: Interpreting Scaled Scores Guide 11/02/2015
    This guide explains how to interpret scores for the Oregon Extended Assessment in terms of annual performance, interpreting reading and writing sub-scores, making growth determinations, and rated observations for very low functioning students using the Oregon Observational Rating Assessment.
  • Oregon Extended Assessment Guidance 12/16/2015
    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 regarding the new Smarter Balanced Assessment and the focus on Oregon’s assessments appropriately measuring the student populations they were designed to measure.
  • Extended Assessment High School Retake Policy 08/28/2013
  • Grade of Accountability 11th 10/07/2010

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

  • ORExt QT & QA Training Notice
    Information regarding the Who, What, When, Where, and How for licensed educators wishing to become Qualified Assessors or Qualified Trainers of Oregon’s Alternate (“Extended”) Assessment.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
For more information about Oregon's Statewide Alternate (Extended) Assessment, please contact Brad Lenhardt at 503-947-5755.

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