2020-21 Statewide Assessment and Accountability Waiver Update

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2020-21 Statewide Assessment and Accountability Waiver Update

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) submitted the 2020-21 Statewide Assessment and Accountability waiver to the United States Department of Education (ED) on Friday, January 22, 2021. Though the ED can take up to 120 days to respond according to statute, we are hoping to have a response by mid-February. Our statewide summative English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science assessment test windows are currently scheduled to open on March 4, 2020.

If the waiver is approved, Oregon schools will not be required to implement summative assessments in spring 2021 in English language arts, mathematics, and science. ODE will make the English language proficiency assessment (ELPA) available to districts. Decisions regarding ELPA participation will be made by parents/families or adult students, pursuant to local health and safety conditions.

If the waiver is not approved, in whole or in part, ODE will review all aspects that were or were not supported and respond accordingly. ODE has developed shortened test blueprints in English language arts and mathematics if summative assessment administration is required.

ODE submitted this request with the support of Oregon’s educators, our State Board, our Technical Advisory Committee, the Oregon Education Association, and our leadership.

Please submit any questions that you have to ODE's Director of Assessment, Dan Farley.