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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.
These documents align the Oregon ELA Assessment claims and targets with the Oregon CCSS - English Language Arts (ELA) standards. The claims and targets can be used to design classroom lessons and district assessments. In addition, the document provides Claim Achievement Level Descriptors and serves as a guide in understanding the Oregon ELA Assessment reports.
This document provides a side-by-side comparison of training tests, practice tests, and interim assessments to help teachers decide which tool best fits their needs
Sample and Training Tests provide students and teachers with a preview of test questions.
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.
Reference document shows the achievement standards for Oregon’s Statewide Assessments by content area and grade/ benchmark level.
Interactive site to help describe achievement levels and claims based on a student’s overall scores.
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.
Target reports show the performance of groups of students on grade-level targets compared to proficiency, as well as which of these targets are relative strengths and weaknesses.
Includes Performance Task Scoring Rubrics for the purpose of Oregon’s ELA Assessment.
Narrative (3 – 8), Informational (3 – 5), Explanatory (6 - 11), Opinion (3 – 5), Argumentative (6 – 11)
This document provides a summary of changes that will occur in the ELA testing blueprint based on the removal of the “performance task” in the 2020 – 21 instructional year
Provides infomation about the number of items and depth of knowledge for each assessment target.
Reference documents that include assessment target descriptions, evidence required, range achievement level descriptors and task model expectations.
Expanded non-interactive PDF blueprints:
The English Language Arts Assessment is a comprehensive assessment system aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts/literacy (ELA/literacy) for grades 3-8 and 11. This page includes links to Content Specifications and Item/Task Specifications related to those assessments.
Reference document describes the requirements for Essential Skills assessment options, including requirements regarding development, administration, and scoring of assessments.
Includes additional resources to support Essential Skills requirements.
Includes Official Scoring Guides for the purpose of Essential Skills.
Includes additional resources to support Reading Essential Skills requirements.
Includes additional resources to support Writing Essential Skills requirements.
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.
This reference document describes the requirements for Local Performance Assessment administration.
Smarter Balanced Educator Recruitment
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is recruiting qualified educators to support assessment activities in 2021-22. Smarter Balanced is recruiting for four educator activities, and are planning for all to occur virtually. The time commitment will vary for each event, and educators will be compensated for participation. This is an ideal opportunity for educators who wish to learn more about assessment design and content development.
The Oregon English Language Arts Teacher Update provides information about promising practices, professional development opportunities, useful links and ELA assessment information.
The weekly Assessment and Accountability Newsletter highlights news, updates and changes to the state's assessment and accountability efforts.
Documents and links on this page are intended to support districts as educators implement the current Official Writing Scoring Guide.
Presentation materials for facilitators to use in leading local trainings or for individual use.
This presentation provides an overview of understanding performance task features and connection with statewide data specific to the assignment of condition codes on the ELA Summative Assessment.
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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