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Background on the Oregon Report Card

Overview

The Oregon Department of Education produces yearly report cards for schools and districts in this state. These reports, called for by the 1999 state legislature, provide educators with an opportunity to communicate directly with their constituents about how local schools are performing. Over time, they will allow educators, parents and taxpayers to chart the progress of Oregon schools. The report cards for schools and districts are available at this web site. Schools and districts then may add their own local information to the cards. By January 15, districts must send copies of the finished reports to parents of children enrolled in the district.

The Department of Education drew on significant public input to develop the report cards. It held about 30 public meetings across the state to hear from parents, educators and others. The department used the comments it received at these meetings and in other forums to revise its drafts. In this way, the public designed the report cards. One of the many valuable comments made at these meetings was that the report cards should be fair. As a result, the department required that all statistics used in the reports be reliable and consistent across the state. If data did not meet this rigorous test, it was not included in the report. As more data becomes reliable and consistent statewide, it will be included in future years.

The purpose of the state report cards is to generate conversation in each community about schools. The department is committed to making the reports a valuable tool for educators, parents and communities. Your continued input is essential to the success of this project. Please feel free to contact us and let us know what you think.

History of the Oregon School and District Report Cards (1999 - 2012)

The Laws

  • SB 1329
    This law, passed by the 1999 state legislature, created the report cards.
  • OAR 581-022-1060
    This rule, adopted by the State Board of Education in 1999, describes report card requirements. (Scroll down to section 1060.)
  • SB 811
    This law, passed by the 2001 state legislature, changed the report cards.
  • HB 2263
    House Bill 2263, passed by the Oregon State Legislature in 2007, amended ORS 329.105 and ORS 329.115 regarding the Oregon Report Card.

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