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5/6/2009 5:21:00 PM
AESRP Recommends National Test Scores to State Board

The Assessment of Essential Skills Review Panel (AESRP) will be taking recommendations for “cut scores” on national tests in math and reading to the State Board at their May 14 & 15 meeting.

These “cut scores” could be used by high school students who need to demonstrate proficiency in math or reading for the purpose of attaining a high school diploma. Beginning with the Class of 2012, students must demonstrate proficiency in several essential skills to receive a diploma.

Recommended scores require similar skills and abilities to those required at the standard score level of 236 on the OAKS high school assessments. If the State Board adopts the recommended tests and “cut scores,” students will have another option when it comes to showing proficiency.

In addition to the national tests, the AESRP is looking at criteria for local district performance assessments and will be making recommendations on those and other strategies to the State Board in Fall 2009.

For more information go to www.ode.state.or.us/go/aesrp.

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