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
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 (Michelle.Slate@wesd.org
) at Willamette ESD to set up an account.
- ORSkills FAQ
Quick reference about the ORSkills online system, including answers to questions about features, benefits, and costs of the system
Work Sample Guidelines
Developing Reading Work Samples
Scoring Reading Work Samples
Administering Reading Work Samples
To Fulfill Graduation Requirement
Reading Professional Development and General Resources
Assessment Planning Resources
To support Essential Skills across K-12 curricula, links to instructional planning resources, including Common Core links, and data resources follow.
Standards-Based Instructional Planning