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There are several ways that the Assessment Team engages stakeholders and makes efforts to increase the availability and clarity of important communications. This page provides the following: 1) a list of contacts whom you may need to consult with and the information needed to effect the communication (e.g., name, phone number, email address, title, etc.); 2) the resources that you can contact to support successful use of our statewide assessments, including our Educational Service District Partners, who serve as a first point of contact for questions about our Oregon Statewide Assessment System, our test delivery vendor’s (American Institutes for Research’s) HelpDesk information, and a one-pager of Assessment and Accountability staff contacts; 3) a list of ODE’s assessment-related events in which Oregon educators are invited to contribute; 4) the archived versions of our Assessment & Accountability Updates, our weekly newsletter that includes succinct updates that provide assessment users with critical and timely information; 5) our advisory groups and panels, along with lists of respective participants; 6) a list of Frequently Asked Questions; and 7) descriptions of the work of historical work groups whose contributions helped define our assessment system.

Assessment Contacts

Assessment Help

AA Update

How to Get Involved

Check here for educator recruitment opportunites (e.g. item writing, content review, scoring rubric validation, scoring, data review)

Advisory Groups:

  • Oregon English Language Arts Update
    The Oregon English Language Arts Teacher Update provides information about promising practices, professional development opportunities, useful links and ELA assessment information.
  • ELA Oregon CCSS Review and Feedback Survey
    After collecting public comment and suggested revisions from various stakeholder groups regarding the Oregon English Language Arts Standards (CCSS-ELA), we have compiled the feedback for additional opportunities for public input. Please review the initial feedback and proposed updates for the revised Oregon English Language Arts Standards.

​(Coming Soon)

Social Sciences Content & Assessment Panel

 

Assessment Educator Opportunity – Social Sciences Analysis Scoring Guide Pilot


The Oregon Department of Education is recruiting qualified educators to pilot draft versions of an updated Social Sciences Analysis Scoring Guide for the purpose of assessing student assignments, performance assessments, writing responses, reading analysis, etc. for the following grade bands: high school (9 – 12), middle school (6 – 8), elementary (3 – 5).


Educators will be asked to provide feedback on the revised Social Sciences Analysis Scoring Guide. Applicants will also be asked to provide multiple levels of student samples to serve as potential anchor papers for future use to support Oregon educators.

  • Recruitment applications will be accepted until February 8, 2019. ODE will notify successful applicants of their inclusion in the project, along with information on next steps.
  • Educators will receive compensation at the ODE rate of pay and receive up to 4 PDU credits for participation. Sign-up Here


For further questions, please contact either: Tony Bertrand, Social Sciences Assessment Specialist, tony.bertrand@state.or.us (or) Amit Kobrowski, Social Sciences Standards and Instruction Specialist, amit.kobrowski@state.or.us.

​ODE engaged impacted stakeholders from January through May 2018 to help address which high school accountability assessment options it should pursue. The High School Assessment report, which includes a description of the stakeholders engaged, the process used, and the results of the engagement process, as well as the results of studies and related recommendations from state and national measurement experts, was submitted by the Assessment Team to the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction on June 5, 2018 for consideration related to a final decision on the topic. A final decision not to pursue a nationally recognized college entrance examination as our accountability measure in high school was announced in Executive Numbered Memo 001-2018-19 on July 11, 2018. Please contact Dan Farley, Director of Assessment, if you have any questions or concerns about the report.

 Frequently Asked Questions:

  • QUESTION: I have a student who is identified as a student with disabilities.  Can I exempt her from a measure of the Kindergarten Assessment?
    ANSWER: No. There are no domain exemptions of the Kindergarten Assessment.  Please refer to the Oregon Accessibility Manual for the Kindergarten Assessment for guidance around approved supports.
     
  • QUESTION: In the August 23 A&A Update, you said that students who take the ELPA screener still need to take the ELPA summative.  My understanding was that only students identified as eligible for ELD services take the ELPA summative.
    ANSWER: That is correct.  The intent of the August 23 FAQ was to clarify that the ELPA screener does not replace the ELPA summative; they are different tests which, while complementary, serve different purposes.  A more full explanation follows:
    • A student who takes the ELPA screener and receives one of the “Not Proficient” determinations (Emerging, Progressing, or Proficiency Not Determined) qualifies for ELD services and therefore will take the next required ELPA summative (see Table 20 in the Test Administration Manual for the next required ELPA summative based on student enrollment date).  An ELPA screener score cannot substitute for an ELPA summative score, even if the two tests take place within the same school year.
    • A student who takes the ELPA screener and receives a Proficient determination does not qualify for ELD services and therefore will not take the ELPA summative.QUESTION: In the August 23 A&A Update, you said that students who take the ELPA screener still need to take the ELPA summative.  My understanding was that only students identified as eligible for ELD services take the ELPA summative
  • QUESTION: When is the public release of the 2017-18 assessment results?
    ANSWER: The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) will publicly release the 2017-18 state assessment results on Thursday, September 20, 2018. These results will be available on an embargoed basis to districts and members of the media starting the afternoon of Tuesday, September 18, 2018.
     
  • QUESTION: In the answer above, you say “meaningfully interacts with the test.”  What counts as “meaningful interaction” on the ELPA screener?
    ANSWER: “Meaningful interaction” indicates that the student is intentionally choosing to answer the test questions, even if that student is not attempting to give the best response possible.  For example, a student randomly clicking answers in order to finish the test as soon as possible is a participant, while a student who is randomly clicking about the screen because s/he does not understand a computer interface is a non-participant. The Oregon Accessibility Manual lists available accommodations to help students who are facing testing barriers.

Stakeholder Engagement

ODE engaged impacted stakeholders from January through May 2018 to help address which high school accountability assessment options it should pursue. Oregon’s High School Assessment Options: Report and Recommendations includes a description of the stakeholders engaged, the process used, and the results of the engagement process, as well as the results of studies and related recommendations from state and national measurement experts, was submitted by the Assessment Team to the Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction on June 5, 2018 for consideration related to a final decision on the topic.  If you have any questions or concerns about the report or the recommendations included therein please contact Dan Farley, Director of Assessment.

Work Groups:

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