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5/20/2009 3:37:00 PM
State Board Adopts Essential Skill Assessment Options

The State Board of Education adopted achievement levels (“cut scores”) on May 14, 2009 for assessments which may be used by students to demonstrate their proficiency in the essential skills of reading and applying mathematics. The table below lists the assessments and adopted scores.

Students in the Class of 2012 and beyond are required to demonstrate proficiency in essentials skills as part of attaining an Oregon Diploma.

The adopted scores represent a rigorous standard that is similar to the level of achievement required to earn a score of 236 on the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) tests. The scores were recommended by the Assessment of Essential Skills Review Panel (AESRP), a group appointed by Superintendent Susan Castillo to advise the Department of Education and the State Board on issues related to assessing the essential skills.

ODE staff continues to collaborate with The College Board to align the PSAT/NMSQT® and SAT tests with the OAKS assessments. Based on this work, AESRP anticipates bringing additional test and achievement level recommendations to the State Board in the fall. Finally, ODE and the AESRP are continuing to develop criteria for local assessment options that may also be used by students to demonstrate their proficiency in the essential skills.

Standardized Assessment Options and Scores for Demonstrating Proficiency in the Essential Skills of Reading and Applying Mathematics
  Reading Applying Math
ACT 18 19
PLAN 18 19
Work Keys 5 5
Compass 81 66
(Intermediate Algebra Test)
ASSET 42 41
(Intermediate Algebra Test)
SAT*    
PSAT*    

* Continued work is needed to recommend scores for the PSAT and SAT. New College Readiness Standards for these tests will be available by fall.

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