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OAKS, or Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, assesses students’ mastery of Oregon content standards. OAKS Online now includes the new Smarter Balanced assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics.
TIDE and the Online Reporting System will be offline to upgrade the systems for the 2016-2017 school year from 9 p.m. PT on Friday, August 12 through 4 p.m. PT on Sunday, August 14.
TIDE, TDS, and the Online Reporting System will be offline to upgrade the systems for the 2016-2017 school year from 9 p.m. PT on Friday, July 29 through 4 a.m. PT on Sunday, July 31.
ODE and AIR had previously communicated that the 2016-17 secure browsers for all supported operating systems would be available through the OAKS Portal for districts to download by Thursday, July 7, 2016. However, AIR has encountered some unanticipated technical issues during its final quality control process that may result in a possible delay. To support districts in their scheduling efforts, ODE will provide another update on Tuesday, July 5 indicating whether the secure browsers will launch on July 7 as planned or whether a delay will occur.
In addition, ODE has determined that the auto-installation feature of the secure browser which had previously been communicated is not yet ready for release due to unforeseen limitations on the functionality. While ODE will continue to work with AIR to explore support for the auto-installation feature for future years, for 2016-17, districts will need to plan to manually install the secure browser as in past years.
ODE and AIR apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your patience.
The Kindergarten Assessment materials order window in TIDE will be May 25 through June 28. Orders for Kindergarten Assessment materials can be placed in TIDE by district level users only. The Ordering Kindergarten Assessment Materials User Guide is available on the portal; it provides detailed instructions on how submit orders using the Kindergarten Materials order module in TIDE.
Districts may choose to have the Kindergarten Assessment materials delivered between August 1 and 5 or between August 22 and 26. Districts must choose a delivery window and then click [Save] or they will not receive any Kindergarten Assessment materials. After you click [Save] you should get a message saying that your response was successfully saved.
Orders for materials must be placed for each school in your district that will have Kindergarten students in the 2016-2017 school year. TIDE has been pre-loaded with materials’ estimates based on the number of Kindergarten students who took the Kindergarten Assessment in your district in 2015-2016. You can change the pre-loaded number if you anticipate an increase in the number of Kindergarten students in a school in your district. Remember to click [Save] if you change the number. You will need one scoresheet for each Kindergarten student, one student booklet and one assessor booklet for every five Kindergarten students, and one Approaches to Learning document for every 15 Kindergarten students. Additional overage will be added to your order and shipped to the district, so please order based upon the number of students only.
If you need assistance, please contact your Regional ESD Partner.
As stated in the Oregon Accessibility Manual, the Smarter Balanced Math tests support full Spanish translation of each Math stimulus and item that appears stacked above the original English. In the past weeks, ODE has received a number of questions regarding stacked Spanish/English math items that have drag-and-drop answer areas that are only presented in Spanish (not stacked Spanish/English). This specific item type was designed to only allow for one answer area, requiring the Smarter Balanced Consortium to choose between presenting the answer area in either Spanish or English, not both. Given this design limitation, the Smarter Balanced Consortium prioritized displaying the answer area in Spanish instead of English to best align with the accessibility guideline of providing translation for students whose primary language is not English and who use dual language supports in the classroom.
In response to the concerns which ODE has shared about this item type on behalf of Oregon school districts, the Smarter Balanced Consortium has indicated that they are working with their technical team to identify ways to provide more flexibility for items of this type, and that they are working with their mathematics content team to limit the continued development of this item type until the technology can be updated to provide greater flexibility. For students who are assigned the Spanish translation support for the Math test, please use the practice test and explain to the student before testing begins about this item type to evaluate whether the student’s language needs will be best met by taking the test in English or in Spanish, recognizing that if the student tests in Spanish, for this particular item type, the answer area will be presented in Spanish only.
AIR identified an issue on May 4, 2016 in which Math Performance Task (PT) stimuli, which should have shown both Spanish and English, appeared only in Spanish. This issue has been resolved, and stacked Spanish-English Math PT stimuli now display in both languages. If you have questions, please contact your Regional ESD Partner for assistance. Thank you for your patience!
The Oregon Online Reporting System will be offline for maintenance from 5 p.m. PT on Friday, May 6 through 8 p.m. PT on Sunday, May 8.
AIR is working with Smarter Balanced to resolve issues related to Math Performance Task (PT) stimuli that are appearing only in Spanish but should show both Spanish and English. A resolution for this issue should be available by Monday, May 9. AIR and ODE apologize for the inconvenience.
AIR has confirmed that items with a drag-and-drop response area that are only in Spanish are appearing correctly. For any questions about Spanish-only response areas or other issues with Spanish-English items, please contact the OAKS Help Desk.
AIR has identified an issue on all Mac operating systems in which students that have American Sign Language (ASL) videos enabled are unable to view the ASL video content. AIR recommends that students with American Sign Language accommodation test on a computer with a different operating system for 2015-16 test administration.
We apologize for the inconvenience.
On April 6 ODE communicated an issue where the “custom settings” label displayed in the TA interface approval screen for students with standard settings. AIR has resolved this issue so that “Standard” is now displaying in the TA Interface test approval screen for students with standard settings.
For ELA Performance Tasks, the word pronunciation feature of the embedded dictionary is only available on non-iOS devices. Please ensure that another supported platform is available for students who need access to this feature.
AIR identified an issue on Chrome OS 44 in which students that have text-to-speech enabled receive a white screen and are unable to move forward in the test. AIR recommends updating Chrome to the most recent version or testing students with text-to-speech accommodations on a computer with a different operating system. We apologize for the inconvenience.
This year Smarter Balanced Performance Tasks are randomly assigned to students within schools; however when a student changes schools the system automatically assigns the student a new Performance Task (PT) even if the student had already started a PT in their earlier school. In order to confirm if an incoming student has an open or completed PT from their earlier school, TAs should check in the Online Reporting System (ORS) Plan and Manage Testing site. If the student is assigned more than one PT within a subject, contact your ESD partner who will reassign the original Performance Task back to student. AIR is investigating solutions to this for 2016-17.
AIR has resolved the issue relating to Smarter Balanced grade 12 scores and reports in the Online Reporting System.
AIR has resolved the issue where students in grades 3, 4 and 5 only, that had text-to-speech (TTS) accommodations set correctly in TIDE, may have found that TTS was not working correctly when they began the test. AIR and ODE apologize for the inconvenience.
AIR’s Secure Browser version 3.3 for iOS devices can be used on iOS 7–9.3 (and to include the revision 9.3.1, released on April 2). Note that previous versions of the Secure Browser are not supported on the recently released iOS 9.3/9.3.1, so districts who upgrade to either iOS 9.3 or 9.3.1 should download and install this new version of the Secure Browser. Secure Browser 3.3 also resolves the recently discovered issue impacting iOS 8-9 that only occurs when a student listens to text-to-speech on the iPad. Districts who administer assessments on iOS that use text-to-speech should download and install this new version of the Secure Browser in order to test successfully.
AIR continues to work on the issue impacting ELPA21 assessments administered on devices running iOS 7-9 that disables all audio after a video embedded in a listening item plays.
Additionally, AIR and ODE are now supporting Chrome 41-49 for student testing. AIR has posted an updated Operating System Support Plan that reflects support for Chrome 49 and iOS 9.3 (and the revision 9.3.1).
Today AIR and ODE posted an updated version of the Technical Specifications for Online Testing on oaksportal.org. Important updates include: 1) Recommended changes to system settings in Mac OS X 10.7 and higher that prevent test security risks, and 2) For Windows users only, how to resolve potential Secure Browser issues if using ZoomText screen reading software. The change log in Appendix E of the document provides a full list of the updates. Please review the updates and adjust your operating system settings as necessary.
The current version of Android MSB (2.0) when used with Android 5+ devices does not support use of the keyboard. An updated MSB for Android 5+ (version number 2.1.) will be in the store by March 11. Anyone using Android 5+ should upgrade to MSB 2.1 in order to use the keyboard on their device.
Please note that it is not a requirement for students testing on supported versions of Android 4 to upgrade. Students testing on Android 5+ will need to upgrade in order to use the keyboard functionality.
Users that update their Windows computers to Windows 10 after installing the OAKS Secure Browser have reported that the Secure Browser often does not open correctly following the update. When this happens, resetting the Secure Browser profile as described in Appendix B of the Secure Browser Installation Manual resolves the issue. Your regional ESD partner is available to answer questions.
The Smarter Balanced test window will be open through June 10 and Smarter Balanced tests are supported on all operating systems listed in the Oregon Support Plan.
The ELPA21 test window will be open through April 19 and ELPA21 tests are supported on all platforms except for Android tablets. However, there are a few issues with the administration of ELPA21 on iPads that users should be aware of:
Please consult the OAKS Systems Downtime schedule on the OAKS Portal for dates that the tests will be offline for maintenance.
In response to some questions that came into the OAKS Help Desk, AIR has made some updates to the Chromebook Kiosk App installation instructions in the Secure Browser Installation Manual.
AIR and ODE are now supporting Mac OS X 10.11 for student testing. AIR has posted an updated Support Plan that reflects the support for Mac OS X 10.11. The Secure Browser Installation Manual has also been updated with instructions for installing the Secure Browser on Mac OS X 10.11. Please review the installation instructions in the Secure Browser Installation Manual prior to installing the Secure Browser on any computer running Mac OS X 10.11 because there are some changes to installation procedures from earlier versions of OS X.
As previously announced, the OAKS Diagnostic Tool includes a page that is designed for testing headsets for use with ELPA21. To access this tool, open the secure browser, click on the link to go to the Practice Test site, and then click on the link to “Run Diagnostics.” When the diagnostic tool opens, click on “Recording and Playback Check.” You will be taken through a series of checks to evaluate how the headset performs with listening and speaking items. The diagnostic check was previously only available for desktop and laptop computers running supported versions of Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux. AIR has now expanded the diagnostic check so that it can be used to evaluate headsets with iPads and Chromebooks.
The statewide test window for OAKS Science and Social Sciences is now open. The online TA and student interfaces are now available for Science and Social Sciences testing, and the Online Reporting System is also now available. The Online Reporting User Guide has also been updated for 2015-2016. ELPA21 tests will open on February 2 and Smarter Balanced tests will open on February 9.
ODE and AIR have encountered an issue with Linux Secure Browser 8.0 that affects recording of responses to speaking items on the ELPA21 tests. An updated version of the Linux Secure Browser, version 8.1, has been posted to the Download Secure Browsers page of the OAKS Portal. This version of the Linux Secure Browser also fixes the issue with ASL that was reported when Linux Secure Browser 8.0 was released. The Linux Secure Browser installation instructions in the Secure Browser Installation Manual have also been updated.
Linux Secure Browser 8.0 or 8.1 can be used in January for the OAKS Science and Social Sciences tests which launch on January 5. However, all districts using Linux for any tests must install Secure Browser 8.1 prior to February 2 when the ELPA21 operational tests go live. Linux Secure Browser 8.0 will be blocked for all operational tests, including OAKS tests, after February 1.
We are unable to use the auto-update process at this time to facilitate updating the Linux Secure Browser from version 8.0 to 8.1. Therefore, districts will need to uninstall version 8.0 of the Linux Secure Browser and then install version 8.1. While the Linux Secure Browser was built to accept auto-updates, the code to push out the updates is still being tested and given the urgency of this update we cannot wait for that testing to be complete. We are committed to having the auto-update feature fully functional by summer of 2016 so that next year’s updates to the Secure Browser will not require districts to uninstall and then reinstall the secure browser. ODE and AIR apologize for this inconvenience and the extra work that this will require for districts.
An updated Chrome OS Kiosk App is available in the Chrome Web Store. Click on the Download Secure Browsers page on the OAKS Portal for a direct link to download the update to the app. The Secure Browser Installation Manual has also been updated with revised directions for installing the Chrome OS Kiosk App. Please review the updated instructions prior to the start of student testing.
Updated Smarter Balanced Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) practice tests, updated OAKS Science and Social Sciences practice tests, and an updated TA Training Site are now available through the OAKS Portal. OAKS and Smarter Balanced practice tests can be accessed using supported web browsers or the Oregon Secure Browser. The 2015-2016 TA User Guide has also been posted in the Resources section of the OAKS Portal and on the ODE website.
These practice 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. The TA Interface has been updated this year to make it easier for test administrators to identify and select the tests they want to administer. 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. Section IV of the 2015-2016 TA User Guide explains how to navigate the updated TA Interface.
ELPA21 practice tests will be available on January 11, 2016.
ODE and AIR are now supporting Fedora 22 for secure student testing. We will continue to support Fedora versions 20 and 21. The current Linux secure browser can be installed on desktops and laptops running Fedora 22. The Oregon Support Plan has been updated with this change.
We are also now supporting Firefox version 41 for practice tests. Practice tests can be taken using Firefox versions 10 to 41 as well as the other browsers listed on the Supported Browsers page of the OAKS Portal or the secure browser.
Safari 5.0 is no longer supported for practice tests for computers running Mac OS X 10.6 or 10.7. Districts and schools can update their Safari version to 5.1.x or use one of the other browsers listed on the OAKS Portal Supported Browsers page.
Appendix C of the Oregon Technical Specifications for Online Testing includes a list of headphones and headsets that AIR has tested with the Online Test Delivery System (TDS). Students participating in ELPA21 will need to use a headset with a built-in microphone. Schools that choose to use headsets that have not been tested by AIR should test the headsets first themselves with the practice tests to confirm that they work correctly with TDS and the Secure Browser, particularly with the recording and replaying of the student speaking responses.
AIR is offering the Plantronics 355 headset with microphone for sale for schools and districts that prefer to order headsets directly from AIR. The Plantronics 355 headset is an analog headset that is compatible with all supported testing platforms except NComputing (USB headsets must be used with NComputing). It comes with an adapter for iPads and Chromebooks.
Information about ordering Plantronics 355 headsets directly from AIR is posted in the English Language Proficiency folder of the Resources section of the OAKS Portal. The ordering information can also be accessed directly at www.airelp.org. Please contact the OAKS Help Desk (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have questions about headset ordering.
TIDE is now open for the 2015-2016 academic year. An updated TIDE User Guide is available on the ODE website and in the Resources section of the OAKS Portal. All district and institution level users have been deleted from TIDE. The DSA role has been replaced by a DTC role in the 2015-2016 TIDE. ODE will upload DTCs to TIDE on the morning of October 1. The DTSA role has been replaced by a District Level User (DLU) role. DTCs can upload additional District Level Users to TIDE. DTCs who need a list of users in their district who were deleted from TIDE can obtain the list from their ESD Partner or the OAKS Help Desk.
The equation editor tutorial posted on the Student page of the OAKS Portal has been updated. The new tutorial has a dropdown box that allows students to choose a grade band: 3-5 or 6-12. The content of the tutorial for each of the grade bands reflects the type of equation editor questions students in that grade band will encounter on the Smarter Balanced mathematics test. This is a change from last year when there was one tutorial for all grade bands.
The 2015-2016 Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing is now available on ODE’s webpage at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=391. This manual provides the most recent information about the hardware, software, and network configurations for running online testing applications. The 2015-2016 manual also includes a new section on supported headsets and headphones and updates on configuring tablets for secure testing, restricting access to non-secure features in iOS 8.1.3 and later, disabling third party apps, disabling updates to iTunes that can cause the testing environment to become insecure, and putting iPads in autonomous single app mode.
The Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux secure browsers are now all available for download on the OAKS Portal. The Windows and Mac OS X secure browsers were released on June 30, 2015. During AIR’s final quality control processes, AIR discovered some security issues related to the American Sign Language (ASL) support on Linux machines, which caused a delay in the release of the Linux secure browser. To prevent further delays in releasing the Linux secure browser, ODE has decided that at this time ASL will not be supported with the Linux secure browser for 2015-2016. ASL will continue to be supported for Windows and Mac OS X, as well as on iPads, Android tablets, and Chromebooks. If your district has students needing ASL, please ensure those students have access to test on a platform other than Linux.
The Oregon Help Desk has been receiving a lot of questions about the new secure browser auto-update process. We have added nine new Secure Browser FAQs to the OAKS Portal to address the questions we have received.
The OAKS Portal has new features for 2014-2015: