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Statewide Assessment Reference Pages

Local Assessment Guidance Optional resources to support districts in making strong decisions about assessment planning, implementation, and use of results
Content Area Assessment Pages Assessment resources for each content area
Administration Resources to assist District Test Coordinators and teachers to administer the state assessments
Achievement/Performance Standards Standards that define how performance expectations on state assessments
Communication Tools and Networks Weekly newsletters and contacts ready to help you at local and regional levels
Assessment Development Historical background, operational procedures, technical features and specific documents
Regional Assessment Support Contact information for all assessment and accountability related support

Statewide Assessments

The following assessments are administered statewide in Oregon:
  • Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS)
  • Smarter Balanced Assessment
  • Kindergarten Assessment
  • OAKS Extended (Alternate) Assessment
  • English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA)
  • Essential Skills Assessment
  • Local Performance Assessment
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
  • Preliminary SAT (PSAT)

Statewide Assessment Pages

An overview of each assessment is included within the tables below; for additional information, click on the assessment name and visit the assessment webpage.

Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS)
Assessment system aligned to the 2009 Oregon Science content standards and the 2001 Oregon Social Sciences content standards
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
Grades 5, 8, and 11
Through 2013-14, assessment system aligned to the aligned to the 2007/2009 Oregon Mathematics content standards and the 2002 Oregon English Language Arts content standards (Grade 3) and the 2003 Oregon English Language Arts content standards (Grade 4-8 and high school)
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Writing
Grades 3-8 and once in High School

Smarter Balanced
Starting in 2014-15, assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards
  • Mathematics
  • English Language Arts
Grades 3-8 and once in High School

Kindergarten Assessment
Assessment of entering kindergarteners’ knowledge and skills in Early Literacy, Early Math, and Approaches to Learning to provide a “snapshot” of Oregon’s children when they enter school
  • Various Skills and Abilities

Essential Skills Assessment
Proficiency graduation requirement that can be met through various approved assessments
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Writing
High School

Local Performance Assessment
Local assessment practices that provide each student with feedback on their academic progress
  • Mathematics
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Scientific Inquiry
Grades 3-8 and once in High School

OAKS Extended (Alternate) Assessment
Assessment system aligned to Common Core State Standards for students with significant cognitive disabilities
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Science
Grades 3-8 and once in High School

English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA)
The current Oregon ELPA is an assessment system aligned to the 2008 English Language Proficiency Standards. The 2008 English Language Proficiency Standards are aligned to the 2003 English Language Arts Content Standards.
  • English Language Proficiency
Kindergarten - High School

National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)
Assessment referred to as the “Nation's Report Card” administered only in schools selected by the National Center for Education Statistics
  • Mathematics
  • Reading
  • Science
  • National results in other subjects
Grades 4 and 8
Grade 12 (national results only)

Preliminary SAT (PSAT)
Assessment prepares students for the SAT and enters students into competition for scholarships from National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
  • Mathematics
  • English Language Arts
Grade 10


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