Oregon Statewide Assessment and Accountability Waiver – Resources & Public Comment Process
The public comment period for Oregon’s state assessment and accountability waiver request ended on January 11, 2021. Comments received will be summarized and submitted to the United States Department of Education as part of our waiver request on January 20, 2021. Please contact Dan Farley, Director of Assessment, if you have any questions related to the waiver request.
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:
- 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.);
- 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;
- a list of ODE’s assessment-related events in which Oregon educators are invited to contribute;
- the archived vrsions of our Assessment & Accountability Updates, our weekly newsletter that includes succinct updates that provide assessment users with critical and timely information;
- our advisory groups and panels, along with lists of respective participants;
- a list of Frequently Asked Questions; and
- descriptions of the work of historical work groups whose contributions helped define our assessment system.
High School Assessment Report
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.
The Oregon Math Leaders Network is a community of math practitioners who work together to implement and support math teaching and learning in Oregon. Participants include teacher leaders, TOSAs, program administrators, college faculty, and math community partners. If you identify as a math leader, you are! We support each other personally and professionally by asking critical questions, collaborating on problems of practice, and sharing our work.
Because this network spans the state, the topics of our collaboration will generally be driven by district needs. Examples of such activities include:
- Professional learning opportunities, for both teachers and administrators.
- Curating and sharing promising resources and effective strategies.
- Support for evaluation and implementation of instructional materials.
- Support for building-level activities such as lesson study groups and one-on-one discussions.
- Networking with other math leaders across Oregon.
For the 2020-21 school year, the network plans to meet virtually on the 2nd Thursday of each month.
In addition to the monthly meetings, the Network will have the opportunity to participate in occasional “special events” such as professional learning opportunities and guest speakers. Opportunities to register for these special events will be advertised through the Oregon Math Leaders Network as well as the Oregon Math Educator Update newsletter.
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.
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 (or) Amit Kobrowski, Social Sciences Standards and Instruction Specialist, Amit Kobrowski.
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.