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
Writing Work Sample
These resources may be used as students complete writing Work Samples for Essential Skills proficiency demonstration.
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.
- ORSkills FAQ - Quick reference about the ORSkills online system, including answers to questions about features, benefits, and costs of the system
- Work Sample Resource Sharing – resources available from districts or ESDs and contact information
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.