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Essential Skill Assessment
Read and comprehend a variety of text

Graduation Requirement

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

Category Assessment Description Achievement Standard
Statewide Assessment OAKS Reading/Literature Assessment 236
Standardized Assessment Other Assessment List PDF -- options and achievement standards
Work Samples Two Work Samples:

 •   One must be informational;
 •   One may either be informational or literary
For each Work Sample, Composite Score of 12, with no Trait lower than 3

 •   Demonstrate General Understanding
 •   Develop an Interpretation
 •   Analyze Text

Work Sample Resources

Developing Reading Work Samples

Scoring Reading Work Samples

Administering Reading Work Samples

To Practice
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

  • Ken Hermens Email    (503) 947-5830
    Assessment - Specialist, English Language Arts

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