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O regon’s A ssessment of K nowledge and S kills. Wisconsin Assessment Task Force December 2008. Oregon Described. There are approximately 43,000 kids in each grade with 198 Districts and about 1200 schools.

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Oregon’s Assessment of Knowledge and Skills

Wisconsin Assessment Task Force December 2008

Oregon Described

  • There are approximately 43,000 kids in each grade with 198 Districts and about 1200 schools.

  • Oregon contributes about $2 billion per year with about $280 million in federal funds.

  • Oregon’s assessment is funded by the state and federal funds with a 50-50 split.

  • It rains. A lot.

Oregon Described

  • Varied Geography and diverse philosophies

  • ELL population is increasing

  • Elementary schools appear to be creating slow and steady academic growth.

  • High schools appear to be flat

  • Local Control State

Oregon History

  • Focus of Assessments shifted in mid 90’s from a district to student level

  • Assessments were based on multi leveled test developed in Portland Public School District

  • Formed the basis of Oregon’s vertical scale

  • Assessments since early 80’s


  • Oregon is a prime contractor and subcontracts out the implementation of the assessment

  • Oregon employs its educators to write assessment items and to score its on-demand writing assessments

OAKS Online

  • Pilot for online assessments began in 2001

  • Participation in online assessments were voluntary

  • Students were able to have up to 3 opportunities and teachers received instant feedback

  • The state uses the highest score among the 3 opportunities for AYP

OAKS Online

  • Adaptive within Grade Level

  • Window is open from Mid-October to Mid-May

  • Supported on Mac, Linux and PC

  • Maintains approximately 600+ items per grade and content area

  • Creates *huge* challenges when adopting new content standards

  • Still produce a paper assessment as well

A district perspective

  • Oregon supports 3 FTEs embedded in Regional Support Districts as help-desk staff

  • Districts have to decide how best to use the system

  • About 60% of students take the test more than once. Last year approximately 40% of students took the test twice and 20% took the test 3 times

  • Creates a substantial amount of data that need to be validated. Professional development is essential

  • The logistics of managing computer labs can be substantial

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