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Local Performance Assessment Requirement


The purpose of the local performance assessment requirement is to ensure that Oregon students are afforded opportunities to learn and to receive feedback regarding their academic progress.

When students complete local performance assessments, they are engaged in learning during the assessment. Then, after the assessment, teachers score the student work and provide students with feedback on their academic progress.

Requirement Description

Local Performance Assessments must be:

  • Embedded within the curriculum;
  • Aligned to content standards;
  • An opportunity for students to learn and receive feedback on their academic progress;
  • Administered at least once a year to all students at Grades 3 through 8 and once in high school.


Teachers must annually administer local performance assessments in the following skill areas:
Teachers may also annually administer local performance assessments in the following skills areas:
2014-2015 Essential Skills and Local Performance Assessment Manual PDF
Required reading for Test Administrators, School Test Coordinators, District Test Coordinators. For Local Performance Assessment information, see page 35-36.

Work Samples

One Specific Kind of Local Performance Assessment

Local Performance Assessment is a broad category that includes Work Samples.

For over a decade, the term Work Samples has referred generally to any Local Performance Assessments scored using the State Scoring Guide. In order to avoid confusion, ODE now uses the term “Work Sample” specifically to describe student work collected for the purpose of demonstrating proficiency in one of the Essential Skills. The term “Local Performance Assessment” refers to student work collected in response to the “opportunity to learn” requirement set forth in OAR. Local Performance Assessments may also be scored using the State Scoring Guides.

As noted above, Work Sample is a specific kind of local performance assessment that is an approved assessment option for the Essential Skills graduation requirement. Work Samples must be administered, scored, and potentially revised under strict administrative conditions, including that they must be scored using the State Scoring Guides.

For more information on the Work Sample requirements, please see the Essential Skills Assessment pages:

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