Alternate Assessments (AA) are designed specifically for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. They are custom designed student achievement measurement system that provide Oregon proficiency standards aligned in reading, writing, math, and science in Grades 3 through 8, and 11. Because Extended Assessments are based on alternate achievement standards with content that is reduced in depth, breadth, and complexity, test results from these assessments are not comparable to results achieved on the state’s general assessment, despite the similarity in performance categories.
Currently, Behavioral Research and Teaching (BRT) at the University of Oregon develops and implements these Extended/Alternate Assessments in two states (see below) as part of federally mandated accountability systems. BRT personnel work with key state Department of Education personnel to develop tasks, train teachers, analyze data, and report outcomes.
The Oregon Extended Assessment is directed by Dr. Brock Rowley with key BRT support from Sevrina Tindal and Joe Swinehart. Computer Programming is done by Evan Townsend. Key analyses are done by Dr. Joe F. T. Nese. The focus is on digital administration where feasible and vertical scaling of achievement across the grades. OR.k12test.com
The Virginia Alternate Assessment is directed by Dr. Shawn Irvin with key support from Joe Swinehart and Sevrina Tindal. Computer Programming is done by Evan Townsend. Key analyses are done by Chris Loan. The focus is on alignment with VA Essential Standards of Learning (VESOLs) and transition for 20+ years of a portfolio to a structured set of tasks capable of technical adequacy. https://www.doe.virginia.gov/