Welcome to OAKS Online

OAKS, or Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills, assesses students’ mastery of Oregon content standards. OAKS Online includes the Smarter Balanced assessments for English language arts/literacy and mathematics, OAKS Science and Social Sciences assessments, and the ELPA21 assessment of English language proficiency.

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Important Information

  • Mac OS X 10.13 Support Now Available

    The Secure Browser for Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra) is now available on the OAKS portal, in the Resources section on the Download Secure Browser tab. As a reminder, this new version is required for students who will test on OS X 10.13 only.  Please contact the OAKS Helpdesk with any questions about this Secure Browser for Mac OS X 10.13.

    Added February 16, 2018
  • Chromebook Secure Browser Upgrade Coming Soon

    Later this month ODE and AIR will release an upgrade to the Secure Browser for Chromebooks (date TBD).  A second announcement will be posted when the new Secure Browser is available in the Chrome store.

    The key change with the new version is a feature to prevent a student’s Chromebook from going to sleep during testing. This improvement will help students avoid Chromebook’s default inactivity timeout while they work on a draft writing response on paper before entering their response into the Secure Browser. The updated Secure Browser will manage the power state on a student’s Chromebook only while a student is inside a test and not, for example, when the student is logging in to the test or while the test is paused.

    No action is required on the part of districts to install this upgrade. All Chromebooks which have the Secure Browser installed will be updated automatically once the upgrade is available in the Chrome store. Even Chromebooks which are set up in the management console to block OS auto-updates will receive the upgrade, because Chromebooks automatically check for new versions of installed apps every time they are powered on and connect to the internet.

    Added February 15, 2018
  • Mac OS X 10.13 Support Coming Soon

    AIR and ODE are announcing support for secure testing on Mac OS X 10.13 (High Sierra) beginning February 16, 2018. A new, separate version of the secure browser will be required for students who will test on OS X 10.13. The new secure browser will be available in the App store via a link on the Download Secure Browsers tab, in the Resources section of the OAKS portal.

    Important Note: Once the new secure browser is released, there will be three (3) secure browsers for Mac available on the OAKS portal for use in Spring 2018.   Macs running a previous OS X version should continue to use one of the current secure browsers (for OS X 10.9-10.12,  or for OS X 10.7-10.8) and should NOT upgrade to the new secure browser.  The new secure browser for OS X 10.13 is specific to this OS version, and will not work for secure testing on machines running any other OS version.

    More information is available on the Operating System Support Plan for 2017-2018, and in the Secure Browser Installation Manual, or by calling the OAKS Helpdesk.

    Added February 12, 2018
  • Upcoming System Downtime

    This is a reminder of the previously scheduled maintenance downtime for February 16, 5:00 PM PT – February 18, 7:00 PM PT.  TIDE, TDS, and ORS may be unavailable during this period.  The full list of Scheduled Downtime is available at oaksportal.org.

    Added February 8, 2018
  • Audio Transcript Tool

    Please note that the Audio Transcript tool, available beginning in 2017-2018 for ELA CAT Listening Passages, should ONLY be turned on for students who will also be using Closed Captioning. Audio Transcripts are only available for Listening items which are tagged for Closed Captioning, and is not available for all ELA Listening items. Turning it on for students who are not also using Closed Captioning may cause confusion since it will not be available for all items they encounter on the test. Audio Transcripts provide a written transcript of the audio stimuli that can be read by refreshable Braille displays or screen readers at the speed/volume/pitch most comfortable for the student, or functions a static document for students who cannot keep up with closed captioning.
    Added February 6, 2018
  • 2017-2018 ELA and Math Assessments Now Available

    The ELA and Mathematics assessments for 2017-2018 are now available. Schools and districts may now administer these assessments to students using the Secure Browser. The TA User Guide and Test Administration Manual are available on the OAKS portal to assist with any questions regarding test administration.

    Added February 6, 2018
  • Upcoming System Downtime

    This is a reminder of the previously scheduled downtime for the Test Delivery System (TDS) from 11:59 PM PT on Thursday, February 1 through 6:00 AM PT Tuesday, February 6 to deploy the Math and ELA assessments for the 2017-2018 school year.  TIDE will also be unavailable from 6:00 PM PT Thursday, February 1 through 6:00 AM PT Friday, February 2 to deploy system upgrades to TIDE (version 10.1).  More information about TIDE version 10.1 can be found in the TIDE User Guide, appendix D:  The full list of Scheduled Downtime is available at oaksportal.org.

    Added January 31, 2018
  • TIDE 10.1 Release - February 2, 2018

    On February 2, 2018, TIDE will be upgraded to version 10.1, which will include the following changes:

    1. Users can run reports with 1000+ records from the Users, Student Test Settings and Tools, and Test Windows modules, and retrieve them in the TIDE Inbox
    2. Participation Reports expanded search functionality
    3. A security patch will be applied to the TIDE logout code to ensure users are logged out due to inactivity after 30 minutes, and cannot get back in to TIDE after logging out by pressing the BACK button in their web browser.

    As a reminder, it is a best practice to log out of TIDE manually when you are finished with your work in TIDE. More detail on the changes are available in Appendix D of the TIDE User Guide.

    Added January 16, 2018
  • Configuring Mac OS X for Secure Testing – Disabling Custom Keys

    Please be aware that custom keys will need to be disabled on all Mac OS X devices you plan to use for secure testing this spring.  Disabling custom keys prevents students from taking screen shots while inside the test, and is required for all Macs to be used for testing.  The requirement to disable custom keys is new for 2017-18.  Instructions for disabling custom keys can be found on page 34 of the Technical Specifications Manual for 2017-18.  If you have any questions or issues disabling custom keys on Mac OS X devices, please contact the OAKS Helpdesk.  

    Added January 16, 2018
  • Test Delivery System and Online Reporting System Now Open

    The statewide test window for OAKS Science, Social Sciences, and ELPA21 is now open. The online TA and student interfaces are now available for Science, Social Sciences and ELPA21 testing, and the Online Reporting System is also now available. The Online Reporting System User Guide has also been updated for 2017-2018.

    The Smarter Balanced test window for ELA and Mathematics will open on February 6, 2018.

    Added January 9, 2018
  • Secure Browser Installation Manual: Proxy Setting Correction

    Section IV of the Secure Browser Installation Manual contains commands for passing proxy settings to the Desktop Secure Browser for Windows and Mac.  The encrypted script included in the Secure Browser Installation Manual for 2017-2018 was found to be incorrect.  The information has been corrected, and the updated Secure Browser Installation Manual has been reposted here.  If you have any questions about the instructions provided in the manual, please contact the OAKS Helpdesk. We apologize for any inconvenience.

    Added January 8, 2018
  • ORS System Downtime

    This is a reminder of the previously scheduled downtime for the Online Reporting System (ORS) from 5:00 PM PT on Friday, December 22 through 6:00 AM PT Tuesday January 9 to roll over the system for the 2017-2018 school year.  ORS will be unavailable during this time; however, TIDE will remain available.  The full list of Scheduled Downtime is available at oaksportal.org.

    Added December 27, 2017
  • iOS 11.2 Now Supported

    AIR and ODE have announced support for iOS version 11.2.x for secure testing.  The Operating System Support Plan has been updated to reflect this change.

    Added December 27, 2017
  • OAKS Portal – Update

    AIR migrated the OAKS portal (www.oaksportal.org) to a new content management platform on Thursday December 21, 2017. The overall look and feel of the OAKS portal will remain the same, and all existing users who are registered to receive portal update alerts via email will continue to receive them. However, the format of the emails and the process for registering for email alerts will be slightly different.  Click here for a brief overview of the changes. To ensure access to the portal is not interrupted after this migration for users in your district and schools, please ensure you are white listing the URLs listed in the overview document.

    Added December 22, 2017
  • Upcoming System Downtime December 15 – 17

    This is a reminder of the previously scheduled maintenance downtime from 5:00 p.m. PT on Friday, December 15 through  7:00 p.m. PT on Sunday, December 17.

    TIDE, TDS, and ORS will unavailable during this period.  The full list of Scheduled Downtime is available at oaksportal.org.

    Added December 5, 2017
  • Support Update – MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra) Blocked

    AIR has identified an issue with audio and text-to-speech (TTS) functionality on the new MacOS 10.13 (High Sierra). As of November 28th, 2017 Version 10.13 is being blocked until further notice and may not be used for secure testing. The Operating System Support Plan has been updated with this information.

    Added November 28, 2017
  • Chrome OS 61, 62 and 63 Now Supported

    AIR and ODE are now supporting Chrome OS 61, 62, and 63 for student testing.  Sites that update to Chrome OS 62 or 63 may now administer the ELPA21 Speaking portion (segment 2) on all Chromebooks (including Acer 13), since the issue with the voice recorder is resolved with these OS versions.  However, voice recording still is not supported on Acer 13 Chromebooks using Chrome OS 61 and below.  The Operating System Support Plan has been updated to reflect this change.

    Added November 22, 2017
  • Update on TIDE Accessibility Support Order

    As previously reported on November 7, the student accessibility supports sections on the Student Search Results and Student Details Pages are listed out of order.  The correct order of the accessibility supports should be: Embedded Designated Supports, Embedded Accommodations, and Test Access.  While this issue does not affect TIDE functionality, it may cause some confusion in the field.  A fix to the order was planned for November 17; however, AIR developers have determined that the change will take more time to implement than originally anticipated.  While AIR has not yet determined a timeline for this fix, it remains a priority. ODE and AIR will share updates through the DTC Listserv and the OAKS Portal.

    Added November 20, 2017
  • Support Update – iOS 11.1 Added; iOS 11.0 Blocked

    AIR and ODE have announced support for iOS version 11.1 for secure testing.  Due to a security concern, AIR has blocked iOS version 11.0 and it will not be supported. Districts should take steps to ensure their iPads are not updated to iOS 11.0, and that any devices that are upgraded are running iOS version 11.1. AIR has posted an updated Operating System Support Plan that reflects support for iOS 11.1, and that iOS 11.0 is not supported.

    Added November 10, 2017
  • TIDE 2017-2018 Update

    All students are now loaded into TIDE and are available for users to review/modify student test settings.

    Added November 8, 2017
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