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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 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
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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.

OFAST course design information: Professional Learning Design, Learning Map

Videos of formative assessment practice, with viewing guides:


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K-3 Formative Assessment

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.

​​ Performance Assessment Demonstration Sites

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

  • Understanding the Interim Assessment System (Video)

    ​​This short video explores and explains different components of the ELA and Mathematics Interim Assessment System. In this video, you will learn about the three types of interim assessments, the different ways interims can be used to inform instruction, how to determine which interim to give, and about Tools for Teacher (Smarter Balanced Connections Playlist) associated with interim assessments and how they can be used to support students, plan instruction, and take action.​

  • ELA and Mathematics Interim Assessment Overview​

    ​​This document describes the interim assessments, including their purpose, use, and varieties. For each grade and subject, this document provides a list of all interim assessments available for the 2020-21 school year.​

  • Assessment Resources Use Chart​

    ​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.

  • ​​​Quick Guide to Administering Interim Assessments Remotely​

    This document describes how test administrators (TAs) can remotely administer the interim assessment and how students may accessand participate in an interim assessment.

​Interim assessments allow teachers to check students’ progress at mastering specific concepts at strategic points throughout the year. Teachers can use this information to support their instruction and help students meet the challenge of college- and career-ready

Interim Comprehensive Assessments (ICAs) that test the same ​content and report scores on the same scale as the summative assessments.

Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) that focus on smaller sets of related concepts and provide more detailed information for instructional purposes.​

​Focused IABs that assess no more than three assessment targets to provide educators with a finer grained understanding of student learning.

​Information coming soo​n.

​Information coming soon.​​

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)

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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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