Diploma - Essential Skills
Beginning in 2012, students must demonstrate proficiency in identified essential skills. The essential skills are process skills that cross academic disciplines and are embedded in the content standards. The skills are not content specific and can be applied in a variety of courses, subjects, and settings.
Specific Essential Skills graduation requirements are based on the year the student first enrolled in Grade 9, as shown below:
Enrolled in Grade 9 in 2008-09:
Read and comprehend a variety of text
Enrolled in Grade 9 in 2009-10:
Read and comprehend a variety of text and Write clearly and accurately
Enrolled in Grade 9 in 2010-11 and beyond:
Read and comprehend a variety of text; Write clearly and accurately; and Apply mathematics in a variety of settings
The remaining Essential Skills will be phased-in over subsequent years, timeline to be determined.
Listen actively and speak clearly and coherently
Think critically and analytically
Use technology to learn, live, and work
Demonstrate civic and community engagement
Demonstrate global literacy
Demonstrate personal management and teamwork skills
Essential Skills & Definitions
06/15/2011 (53.90 KB)
The Essential Skills, as part of the Oregon Diploma requirements, were adopted by the State Board of Education in June of 2008.
The Essential Skill of Reading
08/13/2012 (261.03 KB)
A brief summary of the Essential Skill of Reading and key implementation resources.
Assessment of Essential Skills
Assessment of Essential Skills Web Page
Essential Skills are process skills that can be applied in a variety of courses, subjects, experiences and settings. Beginning in 2012, students must demonstrate proficiency in identified essential skills.
Assessment of Essential Skills Toolkit
The Oregon Department of Education is pleased to announce the Assessment of Essential Skills Toolkit – a web-based interactive planning system. The Toolkit will help districts and high schools develop a local plan for assessing the essential skills by guiding them through a series of 10 Steps. After completing the steps in the Toolkit, each user may use the information to create a plan for their district.
Test Administration Manual
Appendix L - Requirements for Assessment of Essential Skils
12/15/2010 (146.14 KB)
Appendix M - Local Performance Assessments
07/02/2010 (100.16 KB)
Appendix N - Work Samples and State Scoring Guides
07/02/2010 (182.86 KB)
CRLS - Essential Skills Merger
09/08/2008 (54.48 KB)
Based on recommendations by the Essential Skills Task Force the Career-Related Learning Standards (CRLS) and Essential Skills were merged into one set of skills. This document provides an analysis of the overlap between the CRLS and Essential Skills.
Essential Skills Task Force
The Essential Skills Task Force, comprised of educators from K-12, community college, higher education, students, and business/community representatives, worked together beginning in August through December of 2007 to define the Essential Skills. Draft definitions were disseminated for public review and input in February of 2008 through an on-line survey as well as student and business focus groups. The task force reviewed the stakeholder input and modified the Essential Skills definitions for State Board review in March. Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) for the Essential Skills were adopted by the Board on June 19, 2008.
Questions & Answers about the Oregon Diploma
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