November 19, 2020
Monthly DTC Webinars Starting Next Month (REPEAT)
District Test Coordinator (DTC) Webinars will begin on
December 9 from 9:30 - 10:30 AM PT and continue on the second Wednesday of each month through June. These monthly DTC webinars are an optional (but encouraged) space for DTCs to receive reminders and participation opportunities, hear more in-depth information on specific topics relating to assessment, participate in a live question and answer session, and use as a share-space for hearing practices other districts may be using.
An e-mail will be sent out a week prior to the webinar to gather feedback from DTCs on topics they would like covered, as well as questions to address.
It is critical that DTCs submit these questions ahead of time to ensure that ODE has the proper personnel and well thought-out answers available during the webinar.
We will not host a webinar unless we have at least 15 minutes of substantive content to discuss. This typically translates to four or more questions/topics on the agenda. We’ll follow the general structure defined below:
- Welcome and introductions (2 minutes)
- Provide ODE updates (5 minutes)
- Answer questions submitted by DTCs (10 minutes)
- Present long-term vision/planning (5 minutes)
- Clarify next steps and adjourn (2 minutes)
The times are approximate. We will try to limit the duration to 30 minutes. If we do not have sufficient content to justify a webinar, we’ll answer any questions via a Q & A email or in the A&A Update, as appropriate.
Here are the following dates to
register (all webinars will be held from 9:30 - 10:30 AM PT):
- Wed, Dec 9, 2020
- Wed, Jan 13, 2021
- Wed, Feb 10, 2021
- Wed, Mar 10, 2021
- Wed, Apr 14, 2021
- Wed, May 12, 2021
- Wed, Jun 9, 2021
One Percent Participation Cap Reporting Projections for 2020-21
As was communicated last fall, ODE will be requiring districts to submit projected participation rates for our Oregon Extended Assessments, collected in the fall annually and based upon historical participation and expected trends. This process supports districts in planning for situations where they are expected to exceed ESSA’s 1% participation cap for Oregon’s Alternate Assessment based on Alternate Academic Achievement standards. Oregon remains ineligible to request a waiver from the reporting cap requirement, as we have not met established summative assessment participation requirements for students experiencing disabilities in recent years (though we have made some small gains).
When we developed this process and provided training and guidance around the expectation last fall, ODE anticipated that this projected participation reporting expectation would repeat annually and be due on October 15, or the nearest preceding weekday. However, the COVID-19 pandemic and the lack of assessment participation in the spring of 2020 has forced a change to this process and timeline. We are hereby communicating to all Oregon districts that ODE will carry the projections you already submitted in the fall of 2019 forward for the 2020-21 school year. As such, there is
no further action required on your end provided that you completed your district submission last fall. The Assessment Team will be contacting a small number of districts who did not complete their submissions to request these projections in the coming weeks. If you do not hear from us, or have documentation that you submitted last year, you do not need to contact our office. Please contact
Renée House, Assessment Team Administrative Specialist, if you have any questions or concerns or if you would like to re-submit your projections.
Thank you for all that you are doing to support Oregon educators and students this year. We appreciate your willingness to lean in and become the solution.