English Language Arts Assessment
Work Samples will more effectively support student learning when they are integrated systematically into the district curriculum and are also part of classroom instruction (that is, the normal, ongoing evaluation and grading process). For example, when they are used to help summarize a unit of study or extending the concepts presented, work samples can be a natural part of classroom practices and be offered many times during the school year.
Administration Guidelines and 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.
- Feedback/Scoring Form -- for use as the only acceptable means to communicate feedback
- Narrative – Writing Work Sample Scoring/Feedback Form
Writing Work Sample
These resources may be provided to students as they complete writing Work Samples for Essential Skills proficiency demonstration. Additional guidance about graphic organizer use is included in the Accessibility Support table in the Essential Skills and Local Performance Assessment Manual.
Writing Professional Development and General Resources
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 ORSkills Help
at Willamette ESD to set up an account.
Scored Student Work Samples – High School
To help students, teachers, administrators, and parents learn what the expectations are for writers at the High School level, the site makes available sample or "anchor" papers that show varying levels of performance in each of the tested modes.
These papers may be used for teacher training, informational documents, scoring practice with students, other audiences, or for other uses.
Directions: To view examples of student papers (with Adobe Acrobat Reader), click on the "Student Sample" link. To look at the scores and read the commentary, click on the "Scores/Commentary" link below the Student Sample being viewed.