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Request for Public Comment

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is requesting and inviting public comment by December 31, 2022 on a strategic waiver of Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (ESEA) state assessment requirements. ODE intends to request a strategic waiver from the U. S. Department of Education (USDE) in response to SB 1583, which requires that ODE administer our statewide summative tests to the minimum extent practicable.

The strategic waiver is not requesting a cancellation or suspension of statewide summative tests for the 2023-24 school year or thereafter; it is requesting a waiver from two ESEA assessment requirements which prevent the ODE from making meaningful changes to the ELA and Mathematics statewide summative tests.

Public comment is an important requirement of ESEA per Section 8401(b)(3)(A)(i)-(iii). ODE believes it is desirable to provide an opportunity for parents, educators, school and district leadership, and community partners to share their comments and support/opposition concerning the strategic waiver. Comments are welcome using ODE’s waiver public comment email address (ODE.WaiverFeedback@ode.oregon.gov). We encourage school and district leaders to share the opportunity for public comment with parents, educators, and community partners in order to ensure broad representation of responses. Please see this attachment for additional details.

Engagement

There are several ways that the Assessment Team engages education and community partners 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 the first point of contact for questions about our Oregon Statewide Assessment System, our test delivery vendor’s (American Institutes for Research’s) Help Desk 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 workgroups whose contributions helped define our assessment system.

Advisory Groups

​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.
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.


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.

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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.

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Education and Community Partners

ODE engaged impacted education and community partners 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 education and community partners 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