Updates

Weekly updates and announcements will be published here.

Alerts with a link to these updates will be emailed to School Test Coordinators once per week.

Previous year updates are available via the navigation above.

Week of January 27

Important Reminder

Students receiving one or more accommodations (whether embedded or non-embedded) need to have the Accommodation Flag set to "One or More" in the Embedded Accommodation Panel in TIDE. Remember, embedded resources are part of the computerized test delivery system (OSAS). Non-embedded resources are provided outside that system (e.g., by a test administrator). Refer to the Oregon Accessibility Manual for the complete list and definitions of Designated Supports and Accommodations.

EL Case Managers and Staff

Many Test Administrators received TA accounts in TIDE for the ELPA Screener. It is the TAs responsibility to complete the full training for a Test Administrator to be able to give the summative tests. This includes viewing modules 2, 3, and 4, plus the modules of the assessments you are giving; read all required TAM and OAM sections; complete and pass the test administrator quiz with 90% ; complete an in-person training with the School Test Coordinator and finally, sign the Assurance of Test Security form. Signing this form verifies that you have completed all steps in the training process. If you will be serving in your school as a regular Test Administrator, and administering state tests to students, please complete these steps as soon as possible to avoid losing your accounts.

ELPA Domain Exemptions Reminder

Please remember that you must complete and submit a domain exemption form for all students in your building who require domain exemptions on the ELPA Summative and/or ELPA Screener. These exemptions DO NOT carry over from one year to the next. Domain exemptions must be entered into TIDE by the District Test Coordinator in advance of students taking the ELPA. Submit copies of the form to Terry Cross at the district office as an email attachment or via inter-office mail at least one week before the student testing date. A copy of the form with instructions may be downloaded from the FORMS section of this website. You will be notified once the exemptions have been entered.

Questions about using Assistive Technology?

If you have students with special accessibility needs that that will be using embedded or non-embedded technology tools to complete their online assessments you can find the Assistive Technology Manual in the Manuals & Guides section of this site. This is where you will find information about the tools available, such as Speech-to-Text or Assistive Keyboard and Mouse Input technologies. It is strongly recommended that students use a practice test with any assistive technology setup prior to using it for operational testing. If you have questions about configuring assistive technology you can contact the assistive technology support person for your school.

Assessment Inclusion Rules for Accountability

A table that shows the participation and scoring rules for the administration of Smarter Balanced can now be found on the Resources section. All students who participate on Smarter Balanced assessments will receive an overall score. Students who participate but do not respond to a sufficient number of items to receive a score will be assigned a performance level of 1 with no reported score. Claim scores are only produced when the CAT is completed.

Week of January 21

Important Dates

1/7/20 - 4/10/20 -- English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) open

1/7/20 - 6/5/20 -- OSAS Science opened for grades 5, 8, & 11

1/7/20 - 6/5/20 -- Oregon Extended Assessment open

Building Test Schedules

Reminder to send us your schedules as you complete them. You can view the schedules from other schools by clicking on the Schedules tab above

Answers to Common Questions from the Field

QUESTION: What are the enrollment dates for testing EL Students?

ANSWER: See the table below. This table can be found in Appendix B of the Test Administration Manual (TAM)

Table 23: Assessment Requirements for EL Students Based on Enrollment Date


Week of January 13

Important Dates

1/7/20 -- OSAS Science opened for grades 5, 8 & 11

1/7/20 -- ELPA Summative opened

1/7/20 - - Oregon Extended Assessment opened

1/14/20 -- FINAL In-Person Training opportunities for School Test Coordinators.

** If you have not registered or completed your online training please make sure to do so.

Testing Has Started!!

With the opening of OSAS Science, ELPA Summative and the Extended Assessment, we are nearly in full swing for the 2019-2020 testing season. Smarter Balanced will open March 30, the Monday after spring break. Please remember that your state assessment team (Terry Cross and Tom Luba) are here to support you. Please don't hesitate to contact one of us by phone or email if you have any questions or needs.

ELPA Summative and EL Designation in TIDE

Each year we experience instances where a TA attempts to administer the ELPA Summative to a student and the test delivery system indicates that the test is not available for that student. This is usually a result of the student's record in Synergy not correctly indicating their EL status as active. You can check this in the student's record in TIDE by following these steps:

  1. Login to the OSAS Portal
  2. Access TIDE
  3. Select Student Information > View/Edit/Export Student Test Settings and Tools
  4. Search the student using their SSID
  5. Click the pencil in the "Edit" column next to their name
  6. In the Student Information section, verify that "Yes" is indicated under "English Learner"

If the system is indicating English Learner "NO", please contact Jonathan Sanchez and explain that the student's record is not correct in Synergy. Once the record is updated in Synergy, it takes 2-3 days for the information to populate to TIDE. Verify that the student's record in TIDE has changed to "YES" by following the steps above before attempting to test the student.

Possible ELPA Testing Headset Issues

We have received some reports of issues with headsets used for the ELPA assessment (the ones with microphones.) Schools have reported having problems with Plantronic A355 headsets (see photo below) when using certain models of Dell desktop computers. Before ELPA testing on Dell desktop computers, please be sure and test these headsets using the ELPA Sample Test. If you encounter issues when using these headsets on a Dell desktop computer, your choices are to switch to Chromebooks or to use older headsets with the Dell desktop that have a USB connection. However, these should also be tested in advance of sitting a student down for an ELPA test. Work with your Site Technology Coordinator/Facilitator for technical assistance.

Assurances of Test Security Forms for Non-Test Administrators

Any person (office staff, computer lab support staff, etc.) who has access to the testing environment or participates in the handling of secure test materials but who does NOT interact with students during administration of the test must have a signed Non-Administrator Assurance of Test Security form on file at the District Office, valid for the current school year, prior to gaining access to the testing environment and/or secure test materials. Assurance of Test Security forms for District Test Coordinators, School Test Coordinators, Test Administrators, and Non-Administrators are all available on this HSD State Assessment site under the Forms tab. Please note that, as part of ODE’s efforts to streamline the Test Administration Manual, ODE no longer includes these forms in the Test Administration Manual.

Test Administrator Training

Test Administrators must complete all required training as specified in Section 1.5 of the Test Administration Manual prior to administering these assessments. Instructions for accessing the district TA training through Google Classroom can be found below. Sample and Training tests are available on the OSAS Portal to help students prepare and preview test question types aligned to academic standards.

Building Test Schedules

Reminder to send your building test schedules to Tom Luba. These schedules can be provided in pretty much any format. If using Google sheets or docs, simply share them. Test Administrator training should also be starting up. Please remember both licensed and classified training.

NEW! Illustration Glossary Settings for 2019-20 Smarter Balanced Mathematics Assessment

As an enhancement for 2019-20, students will be able to access an Illustration Glossary for selected construct irrelevant terms on Math CAT and Math PT assessments. An Illustration Glossary is an embedded designated support that provides definitions for certain words or phrases in the form of an image. We expect this designated support to be available by the end of January 2020. During the upcoming 2019-2020 testing window, all glossaries must be set in TIDE before the student begins testing (CAT or PT). The Illustration Glossary tool cannot be modified in TIDE after the student begins their first component, nor between components. If a student starts a test with the incorrect setting for Illustration Glossary, the student’s test should be paused, the TA should submit an impropriety for the test to be reset, and the proper option should set in TIDE before the student begins testing again.

NEW! Read Aloud Guidelines in Spanish: Updated Test Reader Guidance for Smarter Balanced Mathematics Assessments

Spanish-language test readers have updated guidelines for the 2019-20 administration year that reflect the conventions of spoken language as well as better align to the guidelines for English test readers. For example, the number 693 is now to be read “seiscientos noventa y tres” whereas in previous years it would have been read as “seis nueve tres.” The complete list of guidance can be found in Table 1 of the “Read Aloud Guidelines in Spanish” document.

OSAS Science Scores From 2018-2019

Last school year, students in grades 5, 8 and 11 were administered the new OSAS Science Assessment. As part of moving forward with a new assessment, ODE engages in a standards setting process once results are in from a new test. ODE had originally planned to complete that process over the summer and release the scores in the fall. Subsequently, the date was pushed to sometime before winter break. We just received the following announcement from ODE:

The January 16, 2020 State Board Meeting has been moved to February 20, 2020 due to expected inclement weather. As a result, we will not be able to receive approval on OSAS Science cut scores and achievement level descriptors next week as we had anticipated. This will delay the release of 2019 OSAS Science Assessment Scores until possibly early March. We know that this is inconvenient and appreciate your patience.

We will let you and your School Test Coordinators know when ODE finally releases the scores. If you have questions, contact Tom Luba (x5817.)

Answers to Common Questions from the Field

QUESTION: I have a new student whose SSID is not in TIDE. How long will it take to update their information?

ANSWER: Each student’s SSID record must be correct prior to testing to ensure that students receive the correct test with the appropriate assigned accessibility supports. The District does SSID uploads two times per week. It can take 3-5 business days for changes to appear in TIDE.

Week of January 6

Welcome to the new year! Hope you all had an enjoyable break.

Important Dates

1/7/20 -- OSAS Science opens for grades 5-8 & 11

1/7/20 -- ELPA Summative opens

1/7/20 - - Oregon Extended Assessment opens

1/6/20 & 1/14/20 -- FINAL In-Person Training opportunities for School Test Coordinators. ** If you have not registered or completed your online training please make sure to do so.

Extended Assessment Training

Please make sure to remind all staff who will be administering the ORExt Assessment to complete their training prior to testing. They can access the online training at: or.k12test.com/. For information on the in-person training, please contact Cheryl Burnor (burnorc@hsd.k12.or.us). Staff must also complete the ODE Security training which can be accessed on the Google Classroom site. This training is specific for individuals who are ONLY administering the Oregon Extended Assessment. http://classroom.google.com. Join the class with code: 027je4n

All TAs who will be administering the OSAS Science, ELPA Summative, and/or SBAC ELA or Math must complete the online training found in the Google Classroom. See below for the TA training process.

TA Training Reminder

The process for TA training should be as follows:

  1. TA completes online training ( http://classroom.google.com class code: ds9ist )
  2. TA takes and passes online TA quiz
  3. TA attends in-person training in their building led by the School Test Coordinator
  4. TA returns to online course and submits their Assurance of Test Security form

As an alternative, School Test Coordinators have the option of doing all of the training in-person using the video in each module from the TA Google Classroom website.

We will be checking the Assurance forms 2-3 times each week and creating accounts in the portal based on submission of the form. Our assumption will be that if a TA submits the form, they have complete ALL of the required training detailed above in steps 1-3. Test Coordinators, please be sure and instruct your TAs that they should not submit an Assurance form until they have completed ALL the required training.

Week of December 16, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

1/6/2020 and 1/14/2020 -- Final two School Test Coordinator In-person Training opportunities. If you have not yet attended training, please be sure to register if you have not done so already. Remember that prior to attendance, you will need to complete the training modules and pass the quiz. Be sure that you are in the correct Google Classroom (School Test Coordinator) so that you are accessing the modules required for your role as a STC.

TA Training Reminder

The process for TA training should be as follows:

  1. TA completes online training ( http://classroom.google.com class code: ds9ist )
  2. TA takes and passes online TA quiz
  3. TA attends in-person training in their building led by the School Test Coordinator
  4. TA returns to online course and submits their Assurance of Test Security form

As an alternative, School Test Coordinators have the option of doing all of the training in-person using the video in each module from the TA Google Classroom website.

We will be checking the Assurance forms 2-3 times each week and creating accounts in the portal based on submission of the form. Our assumption will be that if a TA submits the form, they have complete ALL of the required training detailed above in steps 1-3. Test Coordinators, please be sure and instruct your TAs that they should not submit an Assurance form until they have completed ALL the required training.

State Testing Talking Points for Parents

Follow this link for a one-page document with suggested talking points to use when speaking with parents/families about state testing. This is especially useful with parents who are thinking of opting-out.

Your Assistive Technology (AT) Team

As we roll into the testing season, you may have questions regarding supports and accommodations that require the use of assistive technology (like speech-to-text.) Your AT team are here to help. Please contact one of the people below for support with and questions about AT:

Assistive Technology Support Updates

There have been updates to AIR's support for assistive technology applications since the Assistive Technology Manual was published for the 2019-2020 school year. Co:Writer is no longer supported as a Speech-to-Text application; it is still available as a Predictive Text application. It's use as Speech-to-Text was removed because Co:Writer does not offer Speech-to-Text on the desktop application. Additionally, Read&Write for Windows is now supported as a Predictive Text application, JAWS 2020 is now supported as a Screen Reader application, and ZoomText 2020 and Fusion 2020 are now supported as Screen Magnifier applications. These changes are reflected in the Assistive Technology Manual currently posted on the OSAS Portal

School Testing Schedules Reminder

Please be sure and share your school's testing calendar with Terry Cross or Tom Luba once you have it set up. We will use your calendars to make sure we are set up to support you from the AC and also as a way to share testing strategies with your colleagues in other schools. Please be as detailed as possible including dates/windows, grade levels to be tested, and test to be taken. Thanks!

Week of December 9, 2019

School Test Coordinator Training - Two this week

This week there will be two in-person training for School Test Coordinators who have completed their ODE training modules, required TAM and OAM reading, and passed their Google Classroom quiz. You can access the STC Training on Google Classroom using class code: odeg6i

If you have not done so already, after you've completed the online training you can submit the in-person registration form. There are still 4 days to choose from 12/9, 12/11, 1/6, 1/14 .

Week of December 2, 2019

Test Settings for English Language Arts CAT & PT for 2019-2020

Beginning on Tuesday, December 3, student test settings in TIDE will be broken out into two columns for the ELA CAT and ELA PT tests. With this change in policy, Test Administrators will be able to set Text-to-Speech settings for ELA CAT and ELA PT tests differently, so that students may use Text-to-Speech for Stimuli or Stimuli and Items on the ELA PT test as a designated support where they could not in previous years.

Text-to-Speech in the ELA CAT for stimuli refers to the reading passages associated with Claim 1 Reading and is only selectable as an accommodation for students whose need is documented in an IEP or 504 plan. (See Table 2.5 of the Oregon Accessibility Manual)

Text-to-Speech in the ELA PT for stimuli refers to the reading sources embedded in the ELA PT Task associated with Claim 4 Research and Claim 2 Writing (full write/writing extended response) and is selectable as a designated support. (See Table 2.3 of the Oregon Accessiblity Manual)

Student test settings must be set in both the ELA CAT and ELA PT columns for 2019-20 testing, as appropriate.

Week of November 25, 2019

School Test Coordinators

This is a short week with only one in-person training on Monday. Be sure you complete your training prior to attending.

Updates to Test Administration Manual (TAM) and Oregon Accessibility Manual (OAM)

Section 5.2 School-Level Test Windows on page 34 of the TAM has had the following text removed: “(Note: New for 2019-20, the 66% instructional day threshold at grades 3 - 8 applies to both the general and Extended version of the Math and ELA assessments).”The 66% instructional day requirement does not apply to the ORExt.

The OAM has also been updated to clarify when graph paper is optional or required on page 13. In addition, guidance and clarification around the use of text to speech and read aloud designated supports has been added on pages 16 and 20. Finally, information regarding a non-embedded transcribe designated support has also been added to pages 17 and 41.

If you have downloaded a copy of the TAM and/or OAM, please be sure and update to the latest version.

Claim 2 Writing Assessment Series: ELA Performance Task Condition Codes

The ODE Assessment team has recently created and posted a professional development writing series specific to the topic of ELA Performance Task Conditions Codes. The writing assessment series includes three separate informational sessions, which are available in audio PowerPoints.

  • (Overview Session) Claim 2 Writing Series from the Oregon Statewide Summative Assessment: Writing Performance Tasks and Condition Codes.
  • (Session 1) Understanding Claim 2 Writing & ELA Performance Tasks for the Oregon Statewide Summative Assessment for English Language Arts
  • (Session 2) Explaining Condition Codes & Performance Trends in the ELA Performance Task
  • (Session 3) Accessing District, School, & Student Claim 2 Writing Data through the OSAS Portal

For additional resources including facilitation guides, please visit the ELA Assessment Homepage and select the Communications and Professional Development tab, or contact Tony Bertrand.

Week of November 18, 2019

School Test Coordinators - Important Read

This week we have our first in-person training date for School Test Coordinators. If you have not completed your reading, videos, and passed the test at 90%, you will be turned away from any date you signed up for until the requirements are completed. If there are no passing people for one of the dates, we will just re-schedule that date.


Week of November 11, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

11/21, 11/25, 12/9, 12/11, 1/6, 1/14 -- Dates available to sign up for School Test Coordinator in-person training. These sessions are 1.5 hours long and are required for Test Coordinators. If you have not yet signed up for one of these sessions, pick your preferred date and click here to register. Remember that you must complete the online training in Google Classroom before attending an in-person training. Instructions for joining the 2019-2020 School Test Coordinator Google course can now be found on the Training tab above. If you have signed up for a training date and need to change to another date, please email Terry Cross.

OSAS Science Results

We recently received notification from ODE that the student results from the administration of the new OSAS Science assessment last year (2018-2019) will not be available until “sometime this spring.” ODE had originally promised the student results for this fall but have recently changed that timing to spring. Apparently, the process of standard setting is taking longer than anticipated. Once we receive the scores, you will be notified. If all goes well, they will also be available then in DCA and Synergy shortly after they are delivered to us.

Now, here is where things may get a bit tricky because of this late and currently unspecified delivery date. If you had 9th or 10th grade students take the 11th grade test last year (which you are allowed but not encouraged to do because of the difficulty of the test), those students may take it again according to ODE rules (once per year.) The question then is the timing for a retest since it is likely we won’t see scores until after the science test window opens in January. You would likely want to make a decision if a student takes the test again based on their scores from last year but you may not have those scores available to you at the point when you want to make the decision. My suggestion to you would be that if a student took the test in grade 10, you either wait until you receive the results to make the decision or go ahead and test them again in grade 11 or you just go ahead and retest them anyway. If you retest, ODE says they will take the higher of the two scores for accountability in grade 11. There may be other scenarios where you want to retest, like a student who is going for an honors diploma and wants to test again to get a higher score. If you have any questions about any of this or a particular testing scenario in your building, please contact Tom Luba (lubat@hsd.k12.or.us x5817.)

Week of November 4, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

11/21, 11/25, 12/9, 12/11, 1/6, 1/14 -- Dates available to sign up for School Test Coordinator in-person training. These sessions are 1.5 hours long and are required for Test Coordinators. If you have not yet signed up for one of these sessions, pick your preferred date and click here to register. Remember that you must complete the online training in Google Classroom before attending an in-person training. If you have signed up for a training date and need to change to another date, please email Terry Cross.

REMINDER

School Test Coordinator In-Person Training

This month we have two training dates for School Test Coordinators: 11/21 and 11/25.

Remember to complete your reading, videos, and pass the quiz at 90% through Google Classroom before attending the in-person training. If you have signed up for a training date and need to change to another date, please email Terry Cross.

2019-2020 Sample Tests Now Available (from ODE)

Updated sample test for Mathematics, English Language Arts (ELA), and ELPA, and an updated TA Training Site, are now available. The updated Science sample test will be available on December 3, 2019. Sample tests can be accessed using a supported web browser or the OSAS Secure Browser. The 2019-2020 OSAS Online Test Administrator User Guide provides further information about using the TA Interface.

These sample tests provide an opportunity for Oregon teachers and students to familiarize themselves with the navigation and functionality of the online tests, as well as with the embedded accessibility supports described in the Oregon Accessibility Manual. All test administrators, including test administrators who have used the TA Interface in previous years, should practice setting up a test session using the updated TA Training Site prior to administering an operational test. Spanish language internationalization is a new feature on tests in 2019-2020. The navigation buttons, global menu buttons, context menu options, and pop-up messages are now translated into Spanish for tests with the presentation set to Spanish. Spanish presentation is available in the Math and Science tests. Students can practice using this new Spanish language internationalization feature in the sample tests.

Kindergarten Assessment

Many thanks to everyone in your buildings who were involved in this year's administration of the Kindergarten Assessment. Things seemed to have gone fairly smoothly with very few hiccups and no improprieties! Yay! We know what a big job it is to test every Kinder and keep all of the paperwork straight. We really appreciate the efforts at getting it done, following the rules and staying on-time. Once the data validation window opens, we may have some questions about your scoresheets, which is why we asked schools to return the materials here. Stay tuned.....

Week of October 28, 2019

Important Upcoming Dates

11/21, 11/25, 12/9, 12/11, 1/6, 1/14 -- Dates available to sign up for School Test Coordinator in-person training. These sessions are 1.5 hours long and are required for Test Coordinators. If you have not yet signed up for one of these sessions, pick your preferred date and click here to register. Remember that you must complete the online training in Google Classroom before attending an in-person training. If you have signed up for a training date and need to change to another date, please email Terry Cross.

Kindergarten Assessment Materials

Thank you to all the schools who have returned the Kindergarten Assessment materials. If you still have testing materials (including all student score sheets and test booklets) please be sure to send them to Tom Luba or Terry Cross in Technology Services at the AC. It is very important for data validation reasons that we have these materials back here in our possession asap.

Test Administrator (TA) Google Classroom course is READY!

The 2019-2020 Google Classroom training course for your Test Administrators (TAs) is ready. All Test Administrators are required to log in to the course and complete all training requirements. If you prefer that your TAs watch the ODE videos during your in-person training with them, that is fine, however, they still will be required to complete the rest of their mandatory training inside the online course. Here would be the logical order of events for TAs to complete their training:

  1. Login to the Google Classroom course
  2. Complete all training requirements (clearly detailed inside the course)
  3. Take the final quiz and pass with a 90% or higher (TAs may take the quiz as many times as needed to attain 90%)
  4. Attend an in-person training with you, the School Test Coordinator (This should be a time set aside for TAs to ask questions, share best practices, review key testing requirements, and for you to make sure all of your TAs know and understand what is expected of them for state testing.)
  5. Return to the Google Classroom course after completing all of the above requirements and submit the Assurance of Test Security form (linked in the Exit Ticket module)
  6. Receive their login email for accessing the OSAS Portal (this will take 3-5 business days from the time they submit their Assurance of Test Security form.)

Below are instructions for TAs to log in to the Google Classroom course. Please be very careful to provide them with these exact instructions so that they have the correct class code:

  1. Make sure you are logged in to your HSD Google Drive account (just logging on to your computer is not enough)
  2. Navigate to http://classroom.google.com
  3. Click the + sign in the upper right portion of the screen and select “Join Class”
  4. Enter the class code: ds9ist
  5. Click “JOIN”
  6. Select the “CLASSWORK” tab to begin working in the course
  7. To return to the course later, simply navigate to http://classroom.google.com and click the course “2019-2020 Test Administrator Training” tile (you do not need to join again)

Please let Tom Luba or Terry Cross know if you or TAs have any problems accessing the course.


Week of October 21, 2019

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year and welcome to another year of state assessments! This is your weekly "Information Central." You will receive a weekly prompt email directing you to this page for information and updates. Please be sure and check this page each week. What we post here is information important for the smooth and efficient operation of testing in your school.

Important Upcoming Dates

10/18 -- Kindergarten Assessment data entry deadline (If any of your staff is struggling to meet this deadline, please email or call Tom)

10/18 - The Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) will be offline from Friday, October 18 at 5:00 p.m. PT to Sunday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. PT for system maintenance.

11/21, 11/25, 12/9, 12/11, 1/6, 1/14 -- Dates available to sign up for School Test Coordinator in-person training. These sessions are 1.5 hours long and are required for Test Coordinators. If you have not yet signed up for one of these sessions, pick your preferred date and click here to register.

Welcome Terry Cross!

Please welcome Terry Cross to the State Assessment Support Team! Terry was hired to primarily help support state testing and her first day was October 15. Terry came to us from Liberty High School where she has worked as a Special Education Assistant since 2005. She has a background in technology and has helped with assessment at Liberty over the years. Her contact information is on the home page of this site.

School Test Coordinator Online Training

The Google Classroom site for your Test Coordinator training is ready to go. Here are instructions for accessing the site:

  • Be sure that you are logged in to your Google Drive account
  • Navigate to https://classroom.google.com
  • Click the + sign in the upper right corner of the screen
  • Click "Join Class"
  • Enter this class code and click "Join": odeg6i

You will only need to enter the class code once. After that, you will have a tile for the class on your Google Classroom homepage. Once inside the course, click the "Classwork" tab on the top of the screen and begin your work in the "Getting Started - Start Here" module.

Remember that you MUST complete the online training and pass the online quiz in the Exit Ticket module BEFORE attending your in-person training.

Test Information Distribution Engine (TIDE) Webinars

TIDE opens for the 2019-20 school year on Tuesday, November 5. The Oregon Department of Education and the American Institutes for Research (AIR) have scheduled two optional webinars:

  • Tuesday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. PT
  • Thursday, November 14 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. PT

The same material will be covered in both trainings. While these webinars are open to any TIDE user role, you must register in advance if you want to attend a webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about how to log into the webinar.

Extended Assessment Braille and Large Print Order Window

The window for submitting Braille and Large Print orders of the Extended Assessment is November 12, 2019 - January 10, 2020. Please visit the “Administration” drop down of the Oregon Extended Assessment (ORExt) webpage for additional information. Completed forms must be sent to Tom Luba or Terry Cross at the AC.

Getting Families Ready for State Testing

It is never too early to start getting students and parents ready for upcoming state testing. Parent-teacher conferences are a great opportunity to discuss testing with parents and students. There are a number of resources on this website that you can use with parents. The Resources page contains:

  • Parent letter templates (for letting parents know your testing schedule once you have established it)
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment Parent Flyers (handout for parents in English and Spanish -- perfect for handing out during conferences)
  • Links to Smarter Balanced Assessment test item examples (to help students become familiar with test item types)

Another good idea is to direct parents to the Standards and Assessment section of the HSD website and/or your school websites. The link to that section is under the "For Families" tab. The Assessment section contains detailed information about state tests and includes a very useful FAQ for parents.

Finally, please work with your teachers so that they begin taking time with students using the practice tests. Practice tests (now named "Sample Tests") are available in the OSAS (formerly OAKS) Portal.