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The Nine Essential Skills are cross-disciplinary skills that students should be developing across grades K- 12.
Students prove that they have mastered these Essential Skills by earning at or above a cut score on one of the approved assessment options in their district. For information about the assessment options for each Essential Skill, please visit the Reading, Writing, or Mathematics Essential Skill pages. The links to these pages are listed below under the heading “Resources” and in the left column of this page.
Work Sample prompts (one of the approved assessment options for the Essential Skills) are available in the ORSkills online system.
The Essential Skills Task Force – comprised of educators from K-12, community college, higher education, students, and business/community representatives – worked together in 2007 to develop the Essential Skills policy. In 2008 the Essential Skills were available for public review and input was collected through online surveys as well focus groups. The Task Force incorporated the feedback and Oregon Administrative Rules (OARs) for the Essential Skills were adopted by the Board on June 19, 2008.
To support Essential Skills across K-12 curricula, links to instructional planning resources, including Common Core links, and data resources follow.
The Assessment of Essential Skills Review Panel is charged with making recommendations on:
The State Board of Education considers recommendations from AESRP, but is not obligated to adopt AESRP's recommendations. The State Board of Education may ask for additional information from AESRP, beyond the recommendation, or may ask AESRP for a general position.
Panelists are selected with attention to geographic representation and representation across a range of functional considerations, including professional roles and affiliations and experience with working with diverse population. Panelists serve a three-year term with annual recruitment and selection in the spring.
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