Oregon State Assessments
The Oregon Statewide Assessments include:
- The Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) in Mathematics, Reading/Literature, Science and Social Sciences
- The OAKS Writing Performance Assessment
- The English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) for students eligible for services under Title III of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) [English Language Learners]
For the majority of Oregon students, participation in the statewide assessment system is through a standard administration of the above tests. A standard administration of a test is one where the test is given and completed in a manner that is consistent with the guidelines in the test administration manual; these procedures are designed to produce valid scores given that test administrators consistently follow the same rules across the state. As part of standard administration, students are allowed as much time as needed in order to complete the assessment.
Test results provide students with feedback on whether they are meeting state requirements. Test results also provide local schools and districts a source of data to determine strengths and weaknesses of their instructional programs. School and district test results provide essential data that are used in state and federal reports and inform parents and other citizens about school effectiveness.
OAKS Online is a web-based computer testing capability available for the Knowledge and Skills Assessments (Math, Reading, Science and Social Sciences). OAKS Online offers students a flexible testing schedule, the opportunity to test more than once a year and the ability to get immediate feedback regarding test results. The Writing Performance Assessment is either a paper/pencil test or an online test available through OAKS (grade and school dependent). ELPA is a computer-delivered assessment (through OAKS Online) which tests a student's proficiency in English listening, speaking, reading, and writing.
Additionally, the 2007 Oregon Legislative Assembly directed the Department of Education to administer a nationally-normed test for students in grade 10 which would provide information on the student's readiness for college or advanced-level course work, possible career options, and major areas of study to consider for the future. The PSAT/NMSQT® (College Board) is administered to all students in grade 10 at no cost to the student.
West Linn-Wilsonville students take some or all of the state tests, as shown below (at various times during the school year):
Oregon Statewide Assessment Grade 3 Grade 4 Grade 5 Grade 6 Grade 7 Grade 8 Grade 11 Writing X + X + X Mathematics X X X X X X X Reading/Literature X X X X X X X Science X X X Social Sciences * X X X PSAT/NMSQT® Grade 10 students ELPA All eligible Title III students grades K-12 [English Language Learners]
+ Writing assessment has been suspended for 2011-12 for Grades 4 and 7 due to state budget constraints.
* Social Sciences is an optional assessment and generally is not administered in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District.
Additional information regarding Oregon's Statewide Assessment is available on the Oregon Department of Education's website.
For the West Linn-Wilsonville School District statewide assessment results (and state report cards, adequate yearly progress reports and school SAT scores), visit the Student Achievement page.
Starting in 2008-2009, Oregon Administrative Regulation (OAR) 581-22-0615 Assessment of Essential Skills requires students to complete one or more local performance assessments per year (in grades 3-8) and at least once in high school for each skill area assessed. Local performance assessments evaluate the application of students' knowledge and skills.
Work samples (which have been required by ODE since 2000), scored with the official state scoring guides, fulfill the requirement for one local performance assessment for the purpose of demonstrating a student’s opportunity to learn. Work samples are required for each skill area that has been phased in for local performance assessment. As of July 1, 2008, skill areas which must be assessed are:
- Mathematical problem-solving
- Scientific inquiry
Work samples are representative samples of individual student work that may cover one or more content areas. Examples include:
- Research papers
- Statistical experiments
- Speaking presentations
- Theatrical performances
- Work experience
At the high school level, a work sample can be used to fulfill the local performance assessment requirement and as part of the assessment of Essential Skills graduation requirement (starting with the graduation class of 2012). For additional information on graduation requirements, see the Diplomas & Certificates page.
Additional information regarding local performance assessments and work samples is available on the Oregon Department of Education's website