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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.

Using OSAS Results

ODE has partnered with Southern Oregon ESD to create an on-demand asynchronous professional learning course to help district leaders, school administrators, and teachers use their OSAS results effectively. The course, Effectively Using OSAS Results, consists of five one-hour modules delivered through Canvas. The course is available now at no cost to Oregon educators. Details and registration can be found here.
Participants will gain a greater understanding of the following key concepts: 

  • Understanding OSAS test design is key to understanding how to use OSAS test results. 
  • Student performance across assessment targets, not overall proficiency rates, provides the most helpful data for use in continuous improvement. 
  • Trends in target results can inform curriculum planning, instructional pacing, and professional learning. 
  • Connections can be made between assessment targets and standards that can help educators implement powerful formative assessment practices in the classroom.

​Overall OSAS performance data are too high-level to be actionable. Analyzing trends in target data, available for OSAS ELA, Math, and Science tests, allow districts and schools to meaningfully evaluate the strengths and opportunities for growth within their systems of teaching and learning.

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

  • Oregon Interim Assessment Fact Sheet
    This document provide a quick reference to the Interim Assessments for ELA and mathematics including a brief FAQ.

  • 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 2023-24 school year.​

  • 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.

  • Interim Administration Guide​ (Updated 09/28/23)
    This Interim Assessment Guide for Administration is intended for staff who play a role in the administration of, and review of results for, the ELA and Mathematics interim assessments.

  • Quick Guide to Administering Interim Assessments Remotely​ (Updated 1/16/24)
    This document describes how test administrators (TAs) can remotely administer the interim assessment and how students may accessand participate in an interim assessment.​​

  • ​​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.​​​

​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 standards.

​Interim Assessment Blocks (IABs) 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.

Science Interim Assessment Information Sheet - August 2023 Refresh (Updated 08/08/23)
This document provides Science Interim Assessment Bank content information following the August 2023 bank refresh. The bank contains items for grades 3-12 and is available free of charge to all Oregon school districts for the 2023-2024 school year.

Quick Guide to Administering Science Interim Assessments​ (Updated 01/16/24)
This document provides information for administering the OSAS Science Interim Assessment including: Assessment Viewing Application, Secure Browser, TA Interface, and Centralized Reporting System.

Quick Guide to Administering Interim Assessments Remotely​ (01/16/24)
This document describes how test administrators (TAs) can remotely administer the interim assessment and how students may access and participate in an interim assessment.​

Oregon Statewide Summative Assessment: Interim Assessment Series​

The Oregon Department of Education has developed an Oregon Statewide Assessment System professional development series to further support district efforts in building a balanced assessment system and their efforts in the implementation of the Oregon Statewide Assessment System: Interim Asses​​sment System. This series includes six separate sessions with breakout sessions specific to English language arts, mathematics, and science.

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.