Testing - Student Assessment
Essential Skills Assessment Requirement
Writing Essential Skill Assessment
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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
Writing Approved Assessment Categories and Specific Assessments
List of all approved assessments and the accompanying achievement standards
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 (
) at Willamette ESD to set up an account.
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
Work Sample Resource Sharing
-- resources available from districts or ESDs and contact information
Scoring Writing Work Samples
Scored Student Work
Reading/Writing Scored Student Work: Social Media Task
Work Sample Scoring Guides
On-Demand Scoring Training
-- scoring tool for use in calibrating to the Writing scoring guide
Administering Writing Work Samples
Practice Work Samples
-- for use in class assignments or practice tests
To Fulfill Graduation Requirement
-- for use as the only acceptable means to communicate feedback
Writing Professional Development and General Resources
Workshop Materials for Writing Scoring Guide and Work Sample Development
-- materials for facilitators to use in leading local trainings or for individual use
-- on-demand scoring tool for use in calibrating to the Writing scoring guide
Work Samples Case Study
-- description of district planning, developing, administering, and scoring Work Sample prompts
Assessment Planning Resources
To support Essential Skills across K-12 curricula, links to instructional planning resources, including Common Core links, and data resources follow.
Using Essential Skills Data within Instructional Planning
-- resources for data-based decision making
Standards-Based Instructional Planning
Implementing English Language Arts and Literacy Common Core
Resources Specific for Claim 2: Writing
Assessing Common Core
-- information about Oregon's statewide assessment for the Common Core
Literacy Task Shells
-- fill-in-the-blank shells that teachers use to create powerful Common Core tasks developed by the Literacy Design Collaborative
Communicating about Common Core
-- resources to help in communicating about the Common Core
Assessment - Specialist, English Language Arts
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