OAKS, or Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills assesses students’ mastery of Oregon content standards.
The OAKS Online Systems will be offline for updates on the following dates:
The mobile secure browser apps for iPads, Android tablets, and Chromebooks will be available on August 1, 2014. The secure browsers for Windows and Mac are estimated to be available September 1, 2014. The secure browser for Linux is estimated to be available October 15, 2014.
TIDE will be open from June 2 through July 11 for orders for kindergarten assessment booklets. Orders for kindergarten assessment booklets can be placed by district users only. The TIDE User Guide: Ordering Kindergarten Assessment Booklets is posted in the Resources section of the OAKS portal. The User Guide provides detailed instructions for accessing the kindergarten booklet order window.
Districts can choose to have the kindergarten booklets delivered between August 4 and 8 or between August 25 and 29. Districts must choose a delivery window and then click [Save] or they will not receive any kindergarten assessment booklets. After you click [Save] you should get a message saying that your response was successfully saved.
TIDE has been pre-loaded with the number of kindergarten students who took the kindergarten assessment in your district in 2013-2014. You can change the pre-loaded number if you anticipate that the number of kindergarten students in your district will be different this year. Remember to click [Save] if you change the number. ODE will determine the number of booklets you receive based on the number of students entered in TIDE.
If you need assistance, please contact your Regional ESD Partner.
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.