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Professional Development

Educators can use the resources on this page to support local assessment-related professional development efforts. The materials are arranged in the following manner: at the top of the page, resources that are general that can be used to support implementation of balanced assessments systems, including 1) formative assessment practices, 2) implementing and interpreting interim/benchmark assessments, and 3) using summative assessment results are provided using those labels; and, below those resources, you will find additional resources that are specific to a construct that is being measured, such as reading, writing, math, science, social sciences, or English language proficiency.

Formative Assessment

Oregon Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers (OFAST) full course

The full Oregon Formative Assessment for Students and Teachers (OFAST) course is a year's worth of professional learning resources for use with a collaborative team.

Videos of formative assessment practice, with viewing guides:



OFAST Project Overview
Explains the OFAST project and includes participating schools and description of professional learning experiences.
  • Central Linn SD 552, Central Linn Elementary School
  • Mapleton SD 32, Mapleton Elementary School
  • Willamina SD 30J, Willamina Elementary School
  • Lincoln County SD, Siletz Valley Schools
  • Vernonia SD 47J, Vernonia Elementary School
  • Jefferson County SD 509J, Warm Springs K-8 Academy
  • Santiam Canyon SD 129J, Santiam Elementary School
  • Oakridge SD 76, Oakridge Elementary School
  • Lebanon Community SD 9, Multiple schools

Performance Assessment

  • Local Performance Assessment Requirement
    Description of the local performance assessment requirement with resources for Official State Scoring Guide use.

  • Performance Assessment Resource Bank
    Online bank of performance assessments and resources. Anyone in Oregon may sign up for an account in the Performance Assessment Resource Bank. Performance assessment grantees will be required to implement performance assessments from this bank.

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PADS Project Overview
Explains the PADS project and includes participating schools and description of professional learning experiences.

  • ​Coos Bay SD 9, Millicoma Intermediate School
  • Pilot Rock SD 2, Pilot Rock High School
  • Portland SD 1J, Metropolitan Learning Center
  • Salem-Keizer SD 24J, North Salem High School
  • South Lane SD 45J3, Bohemia Elementary School
  • Springfield SD 19, Thurston High School
  • Yamhill-Carlton SD 1, Yamhill-Carlton Intermediate School

Feedback from 2014-15 Task Administration
Feedback from fifteen Oregon teachers who implemented performance assessments in 2014-15.

Required State Assessment

  • Building Educator Assessment Literacy (BEAL) The BEAL project focuses on the role of performance assessment in a balanced assessment system. Participants will collaboratively score student work from a Smarter Balanced performance task and reflect on how to respond to evidence of student learning generated by this task in ways that move student learning forward.

  • Understanding Proficiency
    Resources to help educators develop a deeper understanding of the Common Core State Standards by analyzing student work on performance tasks. Central to these resources are samples of real student work on the Smarter Balanced Practice Test ELA/Literacy performance tasks.

  • Smarter Balanced Practice Tests
    The Practice Tests allow teachers, students, parents, and the public to experience a Smarter Balanced test, including the performance task.

Interim Assessment

Professional learning resources developed by Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research Center for local use in building capacity to develop, score, and evaluate interim assessments.

English Language Proficiency Assessment

​The following are a series of professional development modules intended to help educators understand the meaning, purpose, and application of current ELP standards.  They were created by the joint efforts of CCSSO, ELPA21 Consortium, educator teams from Washington, Oregon and Iowa, and the Understanding Language Initiative at Stanford University. All rights reserved.

Professional modules dealing student progression in using academic language (both English Learners and general population) can be found under the Formative Assessment tab (Formative Assessment for Use in a Professional Learning Community).

Mathematical Essential Skills Work Samples

​Workshop Materials for Mathematics Scoring Guide and Work Sample Development -- materials for facilitators to use in leading local trainings or for individual use (Professional Development)

An overarching goal of the Student-Centered Assessment Project is to provide resources to support high-quality local assessment practices that can be freely used by any educator. Resources developed through this project can be freely shared, including a royalty-free license to use, reproduce, and distribute copies. 
Creative Commons License 
Unless otherwise noted, this work is offered under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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