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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 Local Performance Assessments scored using the State Scoring Guide. In addition to this more general definition, Work Samples also have a more specific definition in the context of the Essential Skills graduation requirement. For Essential Skills purposes, Work Samples must be scored using the State Scoring Guides and must be developed, administered, and scored under strict conditions (described in the 2014-2015 Essential Skills and Local Performance Assessment Manual PDF).

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

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