Oregon Department of Education, Chapter 581
Rule Caption: Modifies rule relating to student assessment, recordkeeping, grading and reporting.
Adm. Order No.: ODE 7-2013
Filed with Sec. of State: 2-20-2013
Certified to be Effective: 2-20-13
Notice Publication Date: 9-1-2012
Rules Amended: 581-022-1670
Subject: Requires school districts to provide teachers of reading/language arts and mathematics in grades in which the state administers assessments with student performance data.
Requires school districts to assist teachers in adapting instruction and curriculum to meet student needs and learning rates in achieving proficiency in academic content standards.
Requires school districts to adopt grading system.
Makes other modifications to align rule with HB 2220 and other rules.
Rules Coordinator: Cindy Hunt—(503) 947-5651
Individual Student Assessment, Recordkeeping, Grading, and Reporting
(1) As used in this rule:
(a) “Continuum of knowledge and skills” means the Oregon Academic Content Standards.
(b) “Proficiency” means demonstrated knowledge and skills which meet or exceed defined levels of performance.
(2) Each school district shall assess and record each student’s progress and achievement in all subject areas of instruction and to academic content standards consistent with ORS 329.045 and OAR 581-022-1210:
(a) At a minimum, provide all teachers of reading/language arts and mathematics in grades in which the State administers assessments in those subjects with student performance data, including growth data on their current students and students they taught in the previous year in a manner that is timely and informs instructional programs.
(b) Instruments and/or strategies used to determine student progress may assess multiple standards;
(c) Results from the assessment instruments and/or strategies may be used as a record of achievement level; and
(d) Records of student performance may be kept in teacher grade books, student folders, portfolios, or similar devices.
(3) Each school district shall assist teachers in adapting instruction and curriculum to meet the needs and learning rates of all students in achieving proficiency in the academic content standards. Districts must:
(a) Provide multiple opportunities for students to demonstrate mastery of academic content standards through sufficient and appropriate assessment evidence.
(b) Continue to provide opportunities for students who have met standards to advance their learning.
(c)Provide students who have not met or have exceeded the academic content standards with access to additional services and other public school or alternative educational options.
(4) Each school district shall annually report progress towards completion of diploma requirements to parents of students in grades 9–12, including credits earned, demonstration of extended application, and demonstration of the Essential Skills.
(5) Each school district shall adopt a grading system based on the local district board adopted course content aligned to the academic content standards consistent with Section (2) of this rule. The grading system shall:
(a) Clearly show the student and parents whether the student is achieving course requirements at the student’s current grade level;
(b) Be based on the student’s progress toward becoming proficient in a continiuum of knowledge and skills; and
(c) Assure that the student’s academic grade reflects his/her academic performance consistent with OAR 581-021-0022; behavioral performance shall be reported separately.
(6) Each school district shall report at least annually on student progress to meeting or exceeding grade-level academic content standards to parents or guardians of all students in grades K-12 including, but not limited to, the following:
(a) Information on progress in each subject area (e.g., grades, checklists, folders, etc.) including major goals used to determine such information;
(b) Upon request from a parent or guardian, specific evidence of student progress on the continuum of knowledge and skills (academic content standards) of a subject area and
(c) Student scores on all state and local assessments indicating any of the requirements that have been waived for the school district or the individual and the time periods for the waiver.
(7) Each school district shall maintain student records under the student’s legal name and SSID or establish a cross-reference system to locate the student’s records by use of the student’s legal name, for time periods consistent with state archive rules as outlined in OAR 166-400-0060.
Stat. Auth.: ORS
Stats. Implemented: ORS 326.051
Hist.: EB 18-1996, f. & cert. ef. 11-1-96; ODE 18-2002, f. & cert. ef. 6-10-02; ODE 25-2008, f. & cert. ef. 9-26-08; ODE 7-2013, f. & cert. ef. 2-20-13
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