OAKS, or Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills assesses students’ mastery of Oregon content standards.
The window for ordering paper writing tests will close on December 10. If you need winter paper writing tests, please make sure to enter your order in TIDE by 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, December 10. TIDE will accept orders for spring paper writing tests from January 25 through March 15.
The OAKS Online Test Delivery System will be offline for maintenance from 6 a.m. PT on December 23, 2013 through 11:59 p.m. PT on January 3, 2014. The student and test administrator sites will not be available during this time.
Over the past week several Oregon districts have reported issues with printing reading passages. ODE’s test vendor, the American Institutes for Research, has discovered that passages and items are not printing correctly when the Test Administrator uses Internet Explorer 6, 7, 8, and 9 for the Test Administrator Interface. If you think students in your test session may need to print passages or items, please use one of the other approved browsers for the Test Administrator interface: Firefox (4.0 and above), Google Chrome (18+), or Internet Explorer 10.
Reading, mathematics, science, and social sciences tests delivered through the OAKS Secure Test Delivery System (TDS) are now open for the 2013-2014 academic year. The Online Reporting System is also open for the 2013-2014 academic year. The updated 2013-2014 OAKS Online Test Administrator User Guide and 2013-2014 Online Reporting System User Guide are available on the Resources page of the OAKS Portal. Instructions for administering secure tests on mobile secure browsers (for iPad and Android) and on Chromebooks are also available on the Resources page of the OAKS Portal.
Apple released an updated operating system, iOS 7.o, for iPad tablets on September 18, 2013. The American Institutes for Research, ODE’s contractor for the OAKS assessments, has completed testing of iOS 7.0 and determined that iOS 7.0 is compatible with the current mobile secure browser for iPads and the OAKS assessments. Therefore, we will support secure student testing on iPads running iOS 7.0 during the 2013-2014 academic year. This support will be enabled on November 5, 2013 for the both the OAKS operational tests and the OAKS practice tests. Please note: users can download the mobile secure browser on iPads using the iOS 7 operating system prior to November 5, but they will not be able to use it until November 5. AIR has updated the Secure Browser Support Plan available on the OAKS Portal to reflect this expanded support.
As a reminder, for 2013-2014 the OAKS System does not support computer-based read aloud on iPads, and ELPA testing is not supported on any tablets. ODE recommends that all students using a tablet for secure testing also use an external keypad that overrides the touch screen keyboard.
The TA Training Site has been updated and now accepts TIDE usernames and passwords for 2013-2014. Users with TIDE accounts can now set up proctored test sessions for students. Students can also continue to take un-proctored practice tests.
TIDE is now open for the 2013-2014 academic year. All 2012-2013 school-level users have been deleted from TIDE and will need to be added to TIDE by their DTSA or DSA if they should have an account this year. DTSAs and DSAs 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.
In 2013-2014 we will support OAKS Online and Online Writing secure student testing on iPads and Android tablets for the first time. ELPA will continue to be available on desktops and laptops only. A User Guide with information about the installation and setup of mobile secure browsers for supported devices is now available in the Resources section of the OAKS portal.
The Oregon Training Site, including the OAKS Online, ELPA, and Writing Practice Tests, is now available. Please note the 2013–2014 Secure Browsers will need to be installed prior to taking a Practice Test with the Secure Browser. The ELPA Practice Test can only be accessed using the Secure Browser. The OAKS Practice Test and the TA Training Site can be accessed using any of the supported operating systems and browsers.
Following extensive internal and external quality control testing in partnership with school districts around Oregon, ODE and AIR have confirmed that all issues with the Java-free secure browsers have been successfully resolved. The following applications of the OAKS Online System are now available for districts through the OAKS Portal:
We appreciate your patience as we have worked through the issues related to supporting Java-free recording for ELPA!