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10/18/2012 12:38:00 PM
ACT Option for Assessment of Essential Skills in Writing

The State Board of Education has approved the ACT Writing test as an assessment option for the Essential Skill of Writing, with an achievement standard, or “cut score” of 19. Please keep in mind that this is the combined English/Writing test, meaning students complete both the English and Writing portions of the test with each section being scored separately, and then those scores are combined to create a composite score on a 1-36 scale. The English portion is a 75-question selected response (multiple choice) test wherein students answer questions to correct grammatical and rhetorical errors, then move to the direct writing portion which is a timed, 30-minute essay.

The ACT English/Writing assessment has shown both a strong and consistent relationship with the OAKS Writing assessment over the last four years (2009-2012) of graduating classes. In reviewing 33,554 student assessment records spanning that timeframe, the mean ACT English/Writing composite scores for students achieving a 40 on the OAKS Writing assessment has been 19.4, 19.5, 19.3, and 19.2, respectively.

If you have any questions about the ACT Writing assessment, please contact Derek Brown, Manager for the Assessment of Essential Skills at derek.brown@state.or.us eMail at 503-947-5841.

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