The report and website list eight critical elements to graduation: Leadership, Start Strong, Whole Child Approach, Inclusive School Culture, Quality Data Systems, P-20 Seamless Education System, Clear Education Pathways and Effective Instructional Practices. Each of these elements has a number of strategies being used around the state. The website provides details about the strategies with specific examples of Oregon districts that are implementing them. The goal is to provide a resource so districts can learn from each other and implement successful strategies to support students in their paths to graduation.
“The report and website resources derive from collaboration between ODE, school districts, education service districts and other partners to help boost Oregon’s graduation rate,” ODE Education Specialist Jennell Ives said. “Our role at the department is to bring together expertise, research and best practices so districts have additional, easily accessible resources to support them in serving students.”
The web pages are constantly being updated with new strategy reports, and schools and districts can submit their own stories
on graduation improvement that could be used in a future report. While schools and districts may gain the most from the site, there are resources for families as well
In each issue of our newsletter, we will share timely and relevant information and resources about the implementation of Oregon’s Plan under ESSA.
ODE needs your input on the redesign of school and district report cards! Please share and take our online survey, which is also available in Spanish here.
The redesigned report cards will be released in October 2018 and will include two primary products:
- An at-a-glance report card. This full-color printable communication tool is designed specifically for families and community members.
- An online, multiple measures dashboard. This web-based tool will contain detailed information about Oregon schools and districts.
Why the Redesign?
During the development of the Oregon State Plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), ODE conducted extensive outreach and tribal consultation, much of which will inform the report card redesign. In particular, citizens advised ODE to:
- Use multiple measures of student success including academic performance, attendance, graduation rate, student engagement, proficiency in relevant skills, or the percentage of students entering and succeeding in postsecondary education and career.
- Focus on individual student growth and achievement toward students’ personal goals.
- Measure school quality beyond academic achievement including school climate, staff absenteeism, extracurricular activities, family engagement, number and quality of clubs and sports, and academic support to struggling students.
In tandem with this community-based stakeholder outreach, ODE convened an accountability work group comprised of educators, administrators, families, and other key stakeholders who produced three main recommendations:
- Develop a multiple-measures dashboard to report school success.
- Do not provide overall ratings for schools.
- Include Chronic Absenteeism, Freshman-On-Track, and Five-year Completion Rates in the state’s accountability system.
Please visit our website to view an FAQ and more information.
Title IV-A, Student Support and Academic Enrichment Program is intended to increase the capacity to provide all students with access to a well-rounded education; improve school conditions for student learning, and improve the use of technology. Please check out these new resources:
For more information contact Theresa Richards at 503-947-5922.
A campaign aimed at preventing youth marijuana use is now being spread statewide following a successful pilot program. The Oregon Health Authority’s Stay True to You campaign
builds upon extensive audience research and focus groups that showed youth and young adults are eager for more information on the effects of marijuana use.
“Research shows that our audience was receptive to the Stay True to You campaign,” said Kati Moseley, policy specialist at OHA’s Public Health Division. “With this expansion, youth and young adults statewide will hear the message that marijuana use should be delayed until adulthood or avoided entirely.”
The statewide campaign will advertise across a variety of media, but the bulk of advertising will take place on digital and streaming video to most effectively reach the youth audience. Other campaign elements include a social media presence (#StayTrueOregon), a website
and promotions and outreach to organizations where youth gather.
Applications are open for qualifying high school juniors and seniors to apply for the 2017-18 United States Senate Youth Program (USSYP). The U.S. Senate Youth Program is an annual scholarship competition funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and endorsed by the U.S. Senate. It is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. This year, two Oregon delegates will each receive a $10,000 college scholarship for undergraduate studies and attend a one-week, all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. on March 3-10, 2018.
All high school juniors and seniors must be nominated to apply by their high school principal or designated school official in order to be considered for the program. School officials must develop a process for selection of a nominee(s) from the school, publicize the process and opportunity to all qualifying juniors and seniors, and identify a student(s) to apply. Nominated students must show demonstrated leadership through public service in elected or appointed positions in organizations that relate to government, public affairs, history, and/or community service. They must be actively serving in qualified leadership positions for the entire 2017-18 academic year.
Applications are due to the Oregon Department of Education on Friday, October 13, 2017. Please view the process requirements on the department’s USSYP webpage for additional details, or contact Jenni Knaus at 503-947-5860.
COSA Teaching, Learning & Assessment Institute Successful; Resources Available
If you weren’t able to attend this year’s Summer Institute hosted by the Confederation of Oregon School administrators (COSA) and sponsored in part by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), you can still benefit from some of the information presented there. Many of the dozens of presenters have uploaded their materials so they can be viewed by attendees and by those who couldn’t make it. Check out the events page on the COSA website for information about upcoming seminars and workshops!