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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
  • Accessing Target Reports
    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. 

    • ​​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.

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    • ODE Recruitment - Essential Skills and Assessment of Essential Skills Review Panel
      ODE is seeking current educators with assessment literacy to review the work conducted by ODE and make recommendations to the Oregon State Board of Education for approval of other standardized assessments and minimum proficiency scores to meet Oregon’s Essential Skills requirements (for secondary completion). Please complete the AESRP Recruitment Form by no later than August 30, 2019.
       
      Please refer to the cover page on the recruitment form for additional information on AESRP member responsibilities, commitments, and estimated meeting dates for the 2019 -2020 instructional year, or contact Tony Bertrand​, ELA Assessment Specialist. ​

    • ​English Language Arts & Literacy Instructional Materials Criteria Development
    • The Oregon Department of Education is currently accepting applications of teachers, curriculum specialists, and other experienced professionals for the 2019 English Language Arts & Literacy Instructional Materials criteria development. Please obtain approval from your administrator prior to filling out the application. Individuals selected to participate will receive professional development, travel reimbursement, and honorarium. Please visit the following link to find out more information on what committee member participation will require. This survey should take between 20-30 minutes to complete. Contact Jeremy Wartz​ at 503-947-5736.
    • 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.
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    Professional Development

    • Implementing the Official Writing Scoring Guide
      Documents and links on this page are intended to support districts as educators implement the current Official Writing Scoring Guide.

    • Official Writing Scoring Guide and Calibration
      Presentation materials for facilitators to use in leading local trainings or for individual use.

    • Official Reading Scoring Guide and Calibration
      Presentation materials for facilitators to use in leading local trainings or for individual use.

    • Understanding Writing Performance Tasks, Scoring Rubrics, and Instructional Implications
      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.
    • 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.
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    For more information about Oregon's English Language Arts Assessment, please contact Tony Bertrand at 503-947-5830.

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