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Essential Skills Graduation Requirement

Overview

of Essential Skills

​The Nine Essential Skills are cross-disciplinary skills that students should be developing across grades K- 12.

For students first enrolled in Grade 9 in 2010-2011 or later, three of the Essential Skills are graduation requirements:
  1. Read and comprehend a variety of text
  2. Write clearly and accurately
  3. Apply mathematics in a variety of settings
 

​Students prove that they have mastered these Essential Skills by earning at or above a cut score on one of the approved assessment options in their district. For information about the assessment options for each Essential Skill, please visit the Reading, Writing, or Mathematics Essential Skill pages. The links to these pages are listed in the right column of this page.

  • Essential Skills Assessment Options

    Includes all approved assessment options and achievement standards for use in meeting the Essential Skills graduation requirements

​Work Sample prompts (one of the approved assessment options for the Essential Skills) are available in the ORSkills online system.

  • ORSkills FAQ
    Quick reference about the ORSkills online system, including answers to questions about features, benefits, and costs of the system.
  • ORSkills Quick Introduction Video
    Two minute introduction to the ORSkills assessment platform available to all Oregon school districts.

​The Essential Skills Task Force – comprised of educators from K-12, community college, higher education, students, and business/community representatives – worked together in 2007 to develop the Essential Skills policy. In 2008 the Essential Skills were available for public review and input was collected through online surveys as well focus groups. The Task Force incorporated the feedback and Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) for the Essential Skills were adopted by the Board on June 19, 2008.

 

Requirements

Resources

To support Essential Skills across K-12 curricula, links to instructional planning resources, including Common Core links, and data resources follow.

Data Reports

School districts report to ODE which assessment option each graduate used to demonstrate proficiency in the required Essential Skills. ODE compiles this information into a report of district and state-level data. The State Board of Education has approved three categories of assessments that students can use to meet the Essential Skills graduation requirements: the state test, other standardized tests, and work samples.

  • 2015 Essential Skills Report
    Four-year outcomes: Students who entered high school during the 2011-2012 school year and demonstrated the Reading, Writing, and Math Essential Skills to earn a Regular Diploma or Modified Diploma in 2015
    Five-year outcomes: Students who entered high school during the 2010-2011 school year and demonstrated the Reading and Writing Essential Skills to earn a Regular Diploma or Modified Diploma in 2015
  • 2014 Essential Skills Report
    Four-year outcomes: Students who entered high school during the 2010-2011 school year and demonstrated the Reading, Writing, and Math Essential Skills to earn a Regular Diploma or Modified Diploma in 2014
    Five-year outcomes: Students who entered high school during the 2009-2010 school year and demonstrated the Reading and Writing Essential Skills to earn a Regular Diploma or Modified Diploma in 2014
  • 2013 Essential Skills Report
    Four-year outcomes: Students who entered high school during the 2009-2010 school year and demonstrated the Reading and Writing Essential Skills to earn a Regular Diploma or Modified Diploma in 2013
    Five-year outcomes: Students who entered high school during the 2008-2009 school year and demonstrated the Reading Essential Skill to earn a Regular Diploma or Modified Diploma in 2013
  • 2012 Essential Skills Report
    Four-year outcomes: Students who entered high school during the 2008-2009 school year and demonstrated the Reading Essential Skill to earn a Regular Diploma or Modified Diploma in 2012

Assessment of Essential Skills Review Panel

General Information

The Assessment of Essential Skills Review Panel is charged with making recommendations on:

  • The phasing in of Essential Skills
  • The adoption of assessment options to measure students' proficiency in the approved Essential Skills
  • The achievement standards used to determine student eligibility for the high school diploma or the modified diploma.

The State Board of Education considers recommendations from AESRP, but is not obligated to adopt AESRP's recommendations. The State Board of Education may ask for additional information from AESRP, beyond the recommendation, or may ask AESRP for a general position.

Panelist Information

Panelists are selected with attention to geographic representation and representation across a range of functional considerations, including professional roles and affiliations and experience with working with diverse population. Panelists serve a three-year term with annual recruitment and selection in the spring.

Meeting Information

AESRP meetings are open to the public. At the beginning of each AESRP meeting there is a period of public comment. If you are interested in participating in the public comment period, we ask that you email Cristen McLean with your topic and she will add you to the agenda.

  • August 26, 2016: Agenda | Minutes
  • January 13, 2017: Agenda | Minutes
  • April 14, 2017: Agenda | Minutes


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