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Essential Skills


In January 2007, the State Board adopted the Essential Skills as a requirement for graduation. Beginning in 2012, students must demonstrate proficiency in identified essential skills to receive a high school diploma.

OAR 581-022-0615: “Assessment of Essential Skills” requires school districts to administer an annual local performance assessment in the skill area of Mathematical Problem-Solving to students in grades 3 – 8 and once in high school. Districts may use either a work sample scored with the official state scoring guide or a comparable, locally developed measure to meet this requirement.



In January 2007, the State Board adopted essential skills (ES) as a requirement for graduation. To better prepare all students for success in postsecondary education, work, and citizenship, students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in these skills to receive a diploma. The state will identify state, local, and national assessment options and proficiency levels to measure the essential skills. Graduates of 2012 will be the first students to meet this proficiency requirement.

The essential skills are foundational skills for learning. They help students acquire knowledge and skills in academic and career and technical studies, and apply what they learn in practical situations. Students learn and apply essential skills across the curriculum in all subject areas, both in the classroom and outside of school.



Beginning in 2012, students must demonstrate proficiency in identified essential skills. The revised Essential Skills timeline adopted by the State Board in August 2009 is as follows: 

  • 2012: Read and comprehend a variety of text
  • 2013: Write clearly and accurately
  • 2014: Apply mathematics in a variety of settings

Essential Skills

Read and comprehend a variety of text

Write clearly and accurately

Demonstrate personal management and
teamwork skills.

Think critically and analytically

Use technology to learn, live, and work

Apply Math

Civic and Community Engagement

Global Literacy


Career Related Learning Standards

Communication

Personal management

Teamwork

Problem Solving
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