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7/31/2013 9:51:00 AM
Science Local Performance Assessment Clarifications for 2013-2014

In June 2008, the State Board of Education adopted OAR 581-022-0615: Assessment of Essential Skills. This rule requires school districts and public charter schools to administer local performance assessments on an annual basis to all students in Grades 3 through 8 and once in high school in the following skill areas: Writing, Speaking, Mathematical Problem Solving, and Scientific Inquiry. Local performance assessment in social sciences is optional.

The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that Oregon students are afforded opportunities to learn and to receive feedback regarding their progress toward meeting specific state standards throughout their years in public schools.

As for meeting the local performance assessment in Scientific Inquiry, there has been some confusion on whether or not Engineering Design work samples can “replace” Scientific Inquiry work samples in order to fulfill this requirement. Engineering Design work samples cannot currently replace Scientific Inquiry work samples in order to fulfill OAR 581-022-0615 local performance requirements. If an Engineering Design local performance task can be scored in all four dimensions with the Scientific Inquiry scoring guide, this task is eligible to meet the local performance assessment requirement for Scientific Inquiry. As stated earlier, OAR 581-022-0615 requires school districts and public charter schools to administer a local performance assessment (work sample) on an annual basis in Scientific Inquiry at Grades 3-8, and once during High School. Students should still be completing Engineering Design work samples, because this content is part of the science content standards and will be assessed on the OAKS in Science.

Official work sample scoring guides for all subjects can be found on the Oregon Department of Education website (http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=32). Scientific Inquiry work samples should be scored using the correct grade level Scientific Inquiry scoring guide (not the Scientific Inquiry/Engineering Design comparison scoring guide) and students should receive scores of 4 or higher in each dimension in order meet the standard.

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