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Essential Skill Assessment
Write clearly and accurately

Graduation Requirement

Students first enrolled in Grade 9 in the 2009-2010 school year and beyond are required to demonstrate that they are proficient in the Writing Essential Skill 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

Secure Work Sample Bank

  • Secure Work Sample Bank FAQ External Link
    Information about ODE’s Secure Work Sample Bank which may be used to provide up to two Secure Work Samples for students enrolled in grade 12 during the 2014-15 school year who do not have a passing Essential Skills score using any of the approved assessment options.
  • List of Available Secure Work Samples Excel spreadsheet updated
    Title and descriptive information about the Secure Work Samples that are currently posted in the Secure Work Sample Bank application.

Work Sample Resources

Developing Writing Work Samples

Scoring Writing Work Samples

Administering Writing Work Samples

To Practice
To Fulfill Graduation Requirement

Writing 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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