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Writing Work Sample Tasks

English Language Arts Assessment

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.

Quick reference about the ORSkills online system, including answers to questions about features, benefits, and costs of the system

Work Sample Resources

  • Writing Graphic Organizers: Portrait | Landscape
  • 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

Scoring Writing Work Samples

Administering Writing Work Samples

To Practice

To Fulfill Graduation Requirement

Writing Professional Development and General Resources

Scored Student Work - 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.


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