OAKS, or Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills assesses students’ mastery of Oregon content standards.
Until further notice, ODE directs districts to avoid all OAKS Online testing on iPads. The American Institutes for Research (AIR), ODE’s test vendor, identified that that iPad secure browser application cannot currently disable the iPad “define” feature during OAKS testing; AIR has also confirmed that at this time there is no way for users to manually deactivate the define feature. The define feature allows students to press on a word and obtain a definition for that word, a non-allowable resource for OAKS Math, Reading, Science, and Social Sciences assessments. AIR is currently working on a fix that will disable the “define” function through the secure browser application; ODE will provide an update on this issue on Monday, March 10, 2014. In the meantime, ODE and AIR apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your cooperation.
ELPA has been updated to fix issues that have been reported to the Help Desk. The updates address the following:
Secure Browser 6.5 addresses issues with ELPA recording on Mac 10.5 (Intel) computers. This secure browser can be downloaded from the Secure Browser page of the OAKS portal now.
If you have not yet installed the Secure Browser for Mac OS X (Intel) computers, download Secure Browser 6.5.
The following clarifying updates have been made to the OAKS System User Guides:
Winter Online Writing and ELPA tests are now available through the OAKS Online System. The online winter writing test will be open through March 21 and ELPA will be available through May 22. The writing test is available only to grade 11 and 12 students who have not previously taken the test and met or exceeded the achievement standard.
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.
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.