Essential Skill Requirements

Beginning with the Class of 2012, Oregon Diploma recipients must demonstrate essential skills in addition to their course work.

Read and comprehend a variety of text

Write clearly and accurately

Apply mathematics in a variety of settings

Most students will meet Essential Skills with passing scores on the Smarter Balanced test, taken in Spring of Junior Year. Scores that meet Essential Skills requirements are as follows:

  • Reading: 2515
  • Writing: 2583
  • Math: 2543

There are many ways to meet Essential Skills if students do not meet minimum scores on the SmarterBalanced Test, which are outlined in the following document from Oregon Department of Education's website: Essential Skill info from ODE. These include SAT, ACT, AP, PSAT, and WorkKeys.

WorkKeys Assessment Information:

The ACT WorkKeys 2.0 provides an opportunity for students to meet their Essential Skill requirement in the area of Math and Reading and can be taken at Astoria High School. More information is available here: www.act.org/workkeys/practice. Study guides and test materials can be accessed from the ACT WorkKeys website.

Click here for WorkKeys testing portal

(prior arrangement to test with a counselor must be made)