The Office of Teaching and Learning has received several requests for clarity on the requirements of administering and scoring work samples. After communication with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) about the policy and expectations, and consultation with District leadership, PPS will not require work samples or local performance tasks in the 2017-18 school year. Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR) 581-22-0615, Assessment of Essential Skills does not require teachers to administer work samples; it does, however, require one or more local performance assessments for students in grades 3 through 8, and at least once in high school in the following skill areas: Mathematics, Scientific Inquiry, Speaking, and Writing. The local performance assessment must:
- Be a standardized measure (e.g., activity, exercise, problem, or work sample scored by a common scoring instrument, such as the official state scoring guides or another scoring guide adopted by the district)
- Be embedded in the school curriculum
- Evaluate the application of students’ knowledge and skills
At this time, PPS has not adopted a scoring guide and those developed by ODE are aligned to the OAKS assessment, not SBAC. The lack of alignment with Oregon’s approved summative assessment limits its efficacy to inform teacher practice and provide students with meaningful feedback.
Local performance tasks and rubrics aligned with the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are currently in development as part of the PPS scope and sequence work. These tasks will be required in the 2018-19 school year. You will receive detailed information on the local performance tasks in August, 2018.
For more information on State testing requirements, we have provided a link to ODE’s Essential Skills and Local Performance Assessment Manual”.