Essential Skills Work Samples
Essential Skills Work Samples are one way in which students may demonstrate proficiency and fulfill graduation requirements in three Essential Skills: Reading, Writing and Mathematics. The primary manner to demonstrate any Essential Skill is to meet the Smarter Balanced Assessment in the specified area. If students are not able to meet through the Smarter Balanced Assessment, then they can demonstrate their proficiency for an Essential Skill by completing work samples.
Overview of the Requirements
Students must pass 2 work samples in 2 of 3 strands (Algebraic reasoning, Geometry, Statistics & Probability)
Students must pass two writing work samples, one expository/informative or argumentative and the other one of the approved modes (expository/informative, argumentative, narrative). Two narrative samples may not be used.
Students must pass two work samples; one informational and the other may either be informational or literary.
Additional Information: Outside Evidence and the Appeals Process
Request to Add Evidence
For students who completed a requirement in another school district, Portland Public Schools may not have the data necessary to show this requirement as complete on the student’s transcript. To ensure students receive proper credit for work completed, a school counselor or administrator should complete and submit a request to add evidence. The form can be found here.
Essential Skills Appeals Process
If a student is denied a high school diploma solely based on not meeting the Essential Skills graduation requirement, the student may appeal the most recent work sample scores that were used to determine that the student was not proficient in that Essential Skill. The appeal must be filed within six months of the student being denied the diploma. Appeals are filed by filling out the PPS Essential Skills Appeals Form and submitting it to the student's high school counselor. It is important to note that students have the opportunity to revise and complete additional samples in summer school. For more information on the appeals process, talk to your high school counselor.
Guides and Forms
Here are the essential guidance documents for ES:
- The PPS 2019-2020 Essential Skills Procedure Guide
- Oregon Department of Education: Essential Skills webpage
- 2019-2020 Oregon Essential Skills and Local Performance Assessment Manual
- Request to Add Evidence of Demonstrating Proficiency in an Essential Skill
- PPS Essential Skills Appeals Process form