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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

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 eMail) at Willamette ESD to set up an account.

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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