Testing - Student Assessment
Essential Skills Assessment Requirement
Reading Essential Skill Assessment
Overview and District Planning
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Share and Find Work Sample Resources
Essential Skill Assessment
Read and comprehend a variety of text
Students first enrolled in Grade 9 in the 2008-2009 school year and beyond are required to show that they are able to read and comprehend text in order to graduate.
Students fulfill this graduation requirement by earning at, or above, a specific score (the achievement standard) on one of the approved assessments.
Approved Assessment Categories
Reading Approved Assessment Categories and Specific Assessments
List of all approved assessments and the accompanying achievement standards
ODE-Developed Work Samples
ODE has developed 30 Work Sample prompts in each Essential Skill area, and these are available within the Willamette Education Service District’s ORSkills online system. Ten of these prompts are available without restrictions. The other 20 prompts have the following restrictions.
They may only be used by seniors who have not fulfilled their Essential Skills requirement.
Students may use only two prompts from each Essential Skill area (e.g., Math, Reading, Writing).
In order to obtain access to the ORSkills online system, District Test Coordinators or school administrators should contact Michelle Slate (
) at Willamette ESD to set up an account.
Work Sample Guidelines
Essential Skills and Local Performance Assessment Manual
Should districts choose to offer Work Samples as an Essential Skill assessment option, districts must follow the Work Sample guidance included in this Manual.
Developing Reading Work Samples
Templates for Work Samples
Work Sample Resource Sharing
-- resources available from districts or ESDs and contact information
Scoring Reading Work Samples
Scored Student Work
Reading/Writing Scored Student Work: Social Media Task
Work Sample Scoring Guides
Literary Text (Spanish)
Informational Text (Spanish)
Portrait Orientation of Literary Text and Informational Text
On-Demand Scoring Training
-- scoring tool for use in calibrating to the scoring guide
Administering Reading Work Samples
Practice Work Samples
-- for use in class assignments or practice tests
To Fulfill Graduation Requirement
-- for use as the only acceptable means to communicate feedback
Reading Professional Development and General Resources
Workshop Materials for Reading Scoring Guide and Work Sample Development
-- materials for facilitators leading local trainings or for individual use
Scoring Training, Reading (Literary Text)
-- on-demand scoring tool for use in calibrating to the Reading (Literary Text) scoring guide
Scoring Training, Reading (Informational Text)
-- on-demand scoring tool for use in calibrating to the Reading (Informational Text) scoring guide
Work Samples Case Study
-- description of district planning, developing, administering, and scoring Work Sample prompts
Assessment Planning Resources
To support Essential Skills across K-12 curricula, links to instructional planning resources, including Common Core links, and data resources follow.
Assessment Chapter of the Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework
-- resources to plan assessment as a part of effective Reading instruction
Using Essential Skills Data within Instructional Planning
-- resources for data-based decision making
Standards-Based Instructional Planning
Implementing English Language Arts and Literacy Common Core
Resources Specific for Claim 1: Reading
Resources Specific for Claim 4: Research
Assessing Common Core
-- information about Oregon's statewide assessment for the Common Core
Literacy Task Shells
-- fill-in-the-blank shells that teachers use to create powerful Common Core tasks developed by the Literacy Design Collaborative
Communicating about Common Core
-- resources to help in communicating about the Common Core
Assessment - Specialist, English Language Arts
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