Mathematics Essential Skill Proficiency

In Oregon, students graduating in 2014 and beyond must demonstrate proficiency in the Mathematics Essential Skill:

Apply mathematics in a variety of settings

  • Interpret a situation and apply workable mathematical concepts and strategies, using appropriate technologies where applicable.
  • Produce evidence, such as graphs, data, or mathematical models, to obtain and verify a solution.
  • Communicate and defend the verified process and solution, using pictures, symbols, models, narrative or other methods.

Students can fulfill this requirement by passing the 11th grade Smarter Balanced assessment, achieving pre-determined scores on other standardized assessments such as the SAT, ACT or Compass assessments, using work samples or a local assessment option.

The Pendleton School District is participating in a local assessment option in Mathematics that has been piloted in districts around the state of Oregon.  More information about the assessment can be found at www.smciap.com

The purpose of the assessment is to allow students to demonstrate proficiency in the mathematics essential skill.  The scoring methodology can be found in the full pilot report (PDF).

Scores will be available for students immediately upon finishing the computer-based assessment.  Students will satisfy the graduation requirement of the math essential skill in Oregon if they meet the cut score of 182.

All students enrolled in Mathematics courses at Pendleton High School that have not previously passed the Essential Skill will have access.  Additional students may have access as it may be used to measure growth for students during instruction.