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Welcome to Math Essential Skills

In Oregon, students in the graduating class of 2014 and beyond are required to meet the Essential Skill in mathematics: “Apply mathematics in a variety of settings.”  The primary way that students go about meeting this requirement is by passing the OAKS assessment (soon to be Smarter Balanced Assessment).  While nearly two-thirds of students pass the statewide assessment and meet the Essential Skill requirement, many do not, even after multiple attempts.  The Department of Education has approved multiple pathways for students to meet the Essential Skill in mathematics.  One of these pathways is the Local Assessment Option in Math, which gives districts the ability to create their own standardized and field tested assessment for use with their students.

SMc Curriculum provides two services for the Local Assessment Option in Mathematics (LAOM):



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