Essential Skill Assessment
Write clearly and accurately
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
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 Resources
- 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.
- Writing Graphic Organizers
- Writing Guide to Revision
These resources formerly available for use during the old OAKS Writing Assessment may be used as students complete writing work samples for Essential Skills proficiency demonstration.
Developing Writing Work Samples
Scoring Writing Work Samples
Administering Writing Work Samples
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