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Social Sciences Assessment

Purpose

Oregon's Statewide Social Sciences Assessments include grade 5, grade 8, and high school benchmarks, local performance assessments as well as computer-based tests.

  • ​Oregon’s Social Sciences Assessment Blueprint and Test Specifications
  • Provides information for Oregon teachers about the number of items and content on what content may be tested on the Oregon’s Social Sciences Assessment. 

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.

Sample Prompts

Scoring Guides
 

For local performance assessments, districts may locally develop scoring guidelines so that they can provide feedback to students, or they may use the state Scoring Guide.

Additional Resources

​​Communication

  • Oregon Social Sciences Update & Newsletter

  • The Oregon Social Sciences Teacher Update & Newsletter provides information about promising practices, professional development opportunities, useful tasks, and Social Sciences Assessment information.

 


For more information about Oregon's Social Sciences Assessment, please contact Tony Bertrand at 503-947-5830.

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