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English Language Arts Assessment

Purpose

Oregon's Statewide English Language Arts Assessments include the Kindergarten Assessment, and for grades 3-8 and high school, local performance assessments as well as computer-based tests.
 
 

 

  • Oregon Summative Assessment Sample Items
  • This site provides examples of test questions used on the Oregon Summative Assessment in English language arts and mathematics. Teachers, parents, students, administrators, and policymakers can experience these test items just as students encounter them.
      These samples are not intended to be used as practice tests, but educators can use them to better understand how the Oregon Summative Assessment measures college- and career-ready content.

  • Oregon’s ELA Assessment – Achievement/Performance Standards
    Reference document shows the achievement standards for Oregon’s Statewide Assessments by content area and grade/ benchmark level.
  • Understanding Proficiency: Performance Tasks
  • Resources to help educators develop a deeper understanding of the Oregon Common Core State Standards by analyzing student work on performance tasks. Central to these resources are samples of real student work on sample ELA and Math performance tasks.

  • Understanding Student Scores
    Interactive site to help describe achievement levels and claims based on a student’s overall scores.

  • Assessment Results 
  • The reports on this page display the percent of students meeting or exceeding the achievement standards that were in place during the academic year the results are reported.
  • ​​Oregon's ELA Assessment Blueprints
    Provides infomation about the number of items and depth of knowledge for each assessment target.

  • Oregon's ELA Assessment Expandable Blueprints
    Reference documents that include assessment target descriptions, evidence required, range achievement level descriptors and task model expectations.

​In Oregon, the Local Performance Assessment Requirement states that school districts shall administer one or more performance assessment each year to all students in grades 3 through 8 and in high school in: mathematics, scientific inquiry, speaking, and writing.

Performance assessments must be a standardized measure (e.g., activity, exercise, problem, or work sample scored by a common scoring instrument, such as the official state scoring guides or another scoring guide adopted by the district) that is embedded in the school curriculum and evaluates the application of students’ knowledge and skills. Work Samples, scored using the official state scoring guide, are just one example of acceptable performance assessments. Districts have substantial flexibility when it comes to planning the performance assessments that will be used to fulfill this requirement.


In addition to the required areas, districts are encourage to consider administering local performance assessments in other skill areas as appropriate to the local curriculum. For instance, districts may choose to administer local performance assessments in any of the other areas, such as Social Science Analysis.

​Communication

  • Oregon English Language Arts Update
    The Oregon English Language Arts Teacher Update provides information about promising practices, professional development opportunities, useful links and ELA assessment information.

  • ELA Oregon CCSS Review and Feedback Survey
  • After collecting public comment and suggested revisions from various stakeholder groups regarding the Oregon English Language Arts Standards (CCSS-ELA), we have compiled the feedback for additional opportunities for public input. Please review the initial feedback and proposed updates for the revised Oregon English Language Arts Standards.
     

Professional Development

  • Understanding Proficiency: Performance Tasks
    Resources to help educators develop a deeper understanding of the Oregon Common Core State Standards by analyzing student work on performance tasks. Central to these resources are samples of real student work on sample ELA and Math
    performance tasks.
 
 
For more information about Oregon's English Language Arts Assessment, please contact Tony Bertrand at 503-947-5830.

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