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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.
The Linux secure browser for the 2016-2017 school year (version 9.1) is now available on the OAKS Portal for download. Installation information can be found in the 2016-2017 version of the Secure Browser Installation Manual.
The Windows and Mac OS X secure browsers for the 2016-2017 school year are now all available for download. As previously announced, the Linux secure browser will be released on Friday, July 22.
In coordination with the release of the Windows and Mac OS X secure browsers, the Secure Browser Installation Manual, Technical Specifications Manual for Online Testing, and Operating System Support Plan documents have been updated to reflect 2016-2017 information.
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 a.m. PT on Monday, August 15.
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.
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 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.