OAKS, or Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills assesses students’ mastery of Oregon content standards.
The American Institutes for Research (AIR), ODE’s vendor for the OAKS tests, discovered that when students are taking a test with computer-based read aloud, words are being highlighted as they are read aloud. This is not the expected behavior for the computer-based read aloud and AIR is working to disable this tracking feature. We expect this testing issue to be resolved later this week, and will send out a follow-up announcement when the computer-based read aloud feature is functioning properly.
Other than tracking text as it is read aloud, AIR does not think that this issue should interfere in any way with the functioning of the computer-based read aloud feature. Students can continue to use the computer-based read aloud feature as long as they are not distracted by the fact that words are being highlighted as they are read aloud. If you encounter any other issues with computer-based read aloud, please report them to the OAKS Help Desk immediately.
There is also a separate computer-based read aloud issue that affects districts that are administering the OAKS test on Chromebooks. Google released an update to the Chromebook operating system (version 34) earlier this month. Computer-based read aloud does not work with that update. As such, we recommend that you wait to install the update until AIR and Google resolve this issue. If you have already updated your Chromebooks to version 34 of the Chromebook operating system, you will need to use other computers for students who require the computer-based read aloud feature. We will provide further guidance once this problem has been fixed.
The American Institutes for Research (AIR), ODE’s test vendor for the OAKS assessment, identified a security issue that affects Android tablets when they are used with some Bluetooth keyboards. Until further notice, schools that plan to administer the OAKS tests on Android tablets should not use Bluetooth keyboards. No Oregon schools have used Android tablets for OAKS testing to date.
This issue does not affects iPads. Schools can continue to use iPads with Bluetooth keyboards. As a reminder, schools should use iPad Ssecure Browser version 2.2 which was released on Friday, March 21.
Due to an error in a date field, ELPA Batch 2 was missing the ELPA records for a number of students. All records posted on Friday, April 11 were correct; however, approximately 1,000 records from that batch were inadvertently excluded from Online Reporting. All ELPA Batch 2 records properly loaded into Student Centered Staging on Friday, April 11.
This date range error was discovered by the test vendor, American Institutes for Research, today and they are in the process of updating the Online Reporting System so that all Batch 2 records will appear properly. This work will be completed today and all records should appear in the Online Reporting System by 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
The ELPA test window will close for the year at 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, April 15.
Spring online writing is now available through the OAKS Test Delivery System. The online spring writing test will be open through May 22. The writing test is available only to grade 11 and 12 students who did not take the test during and previous year and meet or exceed the achievement standard AND who did not take the winter online writing test this year.
ELPA Batch 1 results were posted on Friday, March 14, 2014 in Student-Centered Staging and in the OAKS Online Reporting System (ORS). Students scores were reviewed by ODE and all scores are correct and have been correct since original posting. However, ORS displayed student levels using last year’s Performance Standards and Performance Level Descriptions (PLDs), rather than the new information for the 2013-2014 school year. Therefore, while the reports in ORS showed the correct ELPA scores for students, some students’ scores were mapped to incorrect performance levels. For background, information about the transition in ELPA performance standards and PLDS can be found on the web at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3896.
The performance standards and PLDs have been corrected in ORS as of Monday morning, March 24, 2014. If your school or district downloaded any student ELPA reports from the Online Reporting System prior to Monday morning, March 24, 2014, please destroy those reports and download new reports. Student scores should not be changed in the new ORS reports, but the mapping between those score and performance levels and PLDs has been corrected. Oregon Department of Education’s test vendor, the American Institutes for Research (AIR), identified the cause over the weekend, detailed the necessary programming changes and test cases. The changes were approved by Oregon Department of Education on Sunday so that correct ORS reports would be available to schools by Monday morning, ODE and AIR apologize for this error and the implications for schools.
If you have questions please contact your ESD Partner.
AIR and ODE have released an update to the iPad Mobile Secure Browser that prevents students from using the iPad applications “Speak Text” and “Define.” Please update your iPad Mobile Secure Browser to version 2.2 before having students complete any additional OAKS tests on the iPad. The updated iPad Mobile Secure Browser can be downloaded from the Apple Store.
All OAKS and ELPA operational tests will be offline for spring break from Monday, March 24 through Friday, March 28. Practice Tests will be available during this time.
The window for ordering paper writing tests for the second (spring) writing window will close on March 15. If you need spring paper writing tests, please make sure to enter your order in TIDE by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, March 15. TIDE will not accept writing orders for the spring writing window past this time.
ELPA has been updated to fix issues that have been reported to the Help Desk. The updates address the following: