Testing - Student Assessment
Oregon's Essential Skills
Essential Skills Webpages
Reading Essential Skill Graduation Requirement
Writing Essential Skill Graduation Requirement
Mathematics Essential Skill Graduation Requirement
Manage District Policy
District policy guidance
Assessment of Essential Skills Review Panel (AESRP)
AESRP meeting schedule, meeting minutes, and member information
Essential Skills Task Force
Task Force meetings, presentations, and participants
Essential Skills Data
Essential Skills Data Report and data resources
Local Performance Assessment Requirement
Policy guidance and resources for the local performance assessment requirement
Information about Oregon's statewide assessment
Information about the Oregon Diploma
Essential Skills graduation requirement during the transition to Smarter Balanced
There will still be three assessment options (statewide assessment, Work Samples, and other standardized assessments); evidence collected using the approved assessment option can come from prior to the transition to Smarter Balanced or after Smarter Balanced is operational; and the achievement standard will remain constant across all options.
If the State Board of Education decides to raise the achievement standard, the first students impacted would be those enrolled in 8th grade at the time of the decision and the decision would not be until middle of next academic year at the earliest.
Smarter Balanced Transition: Methodology for Essential Skills
Smarter Balanced Transition: August State Board of Education Presentation
What are the Essential Skills?
The Essential Skills are nine cross-disciplinary skills that students should be developing across grades K- 12.
Essential Skills Overview
All Nine Essential Skills
2014-15 Essential Skills and Local Performance Assessment Manual
Required reading for Test Administrators, School Test Coordinators, District Test Coordinators. It describes the requirements for Essential Skills assessment options, including requirements regarding development, administration, scoring of assessments.
Which Essential Skills are required for graduation?
For students first enrolled in Grade 9 in 2010-2011 or later, three of the Essential Skills are graduation requirements:
Read and comprehend a variety of text
Write clearly and accurately
Apply mathematics in a variety of settings
How do students meet the graduation requirements?
Students prove that they have mastered these Essential Skills by earning at or above a cut score on one of the approved assessment options in their district. For information about the assessment options for each Essential Skill, please visit the Reading, Writing, or Mathematics Essential Skill pages. The links to these pages are listed in the right column of this page.
Essential Skills Assessment Options
Includes all approved assessment options and achievement standards for use in meeting the Essential Skills graduation requirements
Parent Resource: Oregon’s Transition to Smarter Balanced Assessments
Provides a brief overview of the Essential Skills graduation requirements and the assessment options available to 11th and 12th graders during the 2014-15 school year. Meant to be used by districts to engage with parents of high school students and explain the options available to their children as we transition to new state tests.
How were the Essential Skills developed?
The Essential Skills Task Force – comprised of educators from K-12, community college, higher education, students, and business/community representatives – worked together in 2007 to develop the Essential Skills policy. In 2008 the Essential Skills were available for public review and input was collected through online surveys as well focus groups. The Task Force incorporated the feedback and Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) for the Essential Skills were adopted by the Board on June 19, 2008.
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