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This page is intended to be a list of resources and links about education and educational policy. It is not a complete list of organizations, but includes some that you may find helpful. It is divided into Federal and Oregon resources.



Federal Resources

  • Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP)  External Link  
    Adequate yearly progress is the measure by which schools, districts, and states are held accountable for student performance under Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. AYP requires states to use a single accountability system for all public schools to determine whether students on average, as well as subgroups of students, are making progress toward meeting state academic content standards. Under the law, all students must meet state proficiency standards by 2014.
  • American Federation of Teachers (AFT)  External Link  
    The American Federation of Teachers was founded in 1916 to represent the economic, social and professional interests of classroom teachers. It is an affiliated international union of the AFL-CIO.
  • Center on Education Policy (CEP)  External Link  
    The Center on Education Policy is a national, independent advocate for public education and for more effective public schools. The Center helps Americans better understand the role of public education in a democracy and the need to improve the academic quality of public schools.
  • Center for Educational Policy Research (CEPR)  External Link  
    Center for Educational Policy Research seeks to help policy makers and policy implementers alike do a better job of using educational policy as a tool to improve schooling and student learning. The current emphasis on redesigning education offers a rare opportunity to examine long-held beliefs and traditional practices to determine if there are better ways to organize and conduct schooling, at the local, state, and national levels. The Center offers a range of policy analysis services from its headquarters at the University of Oregon.
  • Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)  External Link  
    The Council of Chief State School Officers is a nonpartisan, nationwide, nonprofit organization of public officials who head departments of elementary and secondary education in the states, the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Education Activity, and five U.S. extra-state jurisdictions. CCSSO provides leadership, advocacy, and technical assistance on major educational issues. The Council seeks member consensus on major educational issues and expresses their views to civic and professional organizations, federal agencies, Congress, and the public.
  • Common Core of Data (CCD)  External Link  
    A program of the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics, is a comprehensive, annual, national statistical database of information concerning all public elementary and secondary schools (approximately 94,000) and local education agencies (approximately 17,000; of these, about 14,500 are regular school districts that operate schools).
  • Department of Education, U.S. (DOE)  External Link  
    The U.S. Department of Education was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. Its original directive remains its mission today-to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation.
  • Ed Week  External Link  
    Ed Week is an on-line and email publication of educational-related media items, job listings, and grant opportunities. Free registration is required.
  • Education Commission of the States (ECS)  External Link  
    Education Commission of the States is an interstate compact created in 1965 to improve education by facilitating the exchange of information, ideas and experiences among state policymakers and education leaders. As a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization involving key leaders from all levels of the education system, ECS creates unique oppportunities to build partnerships, share information and promote the development of policy based on available research and strategies.
  • Education Resources Information Center (ERIC)  External Link  
    ERIC - the Education Resources Information Center - is the online digital library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides access to an expansive body of education literature (1966-present) to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research.
  • Educational Testing Service (ETS)  External Link  
    Educational Testing Service was founded in 1947 when the American Council on Education, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the College Entrance Examination Board contributed their testing programs, a portion of their assets, and key employees to form ETS. ETS was created in recognition that, after years of advocacy by Harvard President James Conant and other education leaders, a single organization devoted to research and assessment could significantly contribute to the advancement of education. These founding principles guide ETS today.
  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)  External Link  
    The Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 was reauthorized in 2002 and is now commonly referred to as the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).
  • National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP)  External Link  
    National Assessment of Educational Progress, known as "the nation's report card", is a national testing program administered by the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES) of the U.S. Department of Education. Since 1969, NAEP tests have been conducted periodically in reading, math, science, writing, history, and geography. The NAEP main assessment allows for regional and state-by-state comparisons of the educational attainment of 4th, 8th, and 12th grade students.
  • National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)  External Link  
    National Center for Education Statistics is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.
  • National Education Association (NEA)  External Link  
    The National Education Association is the nation's largest professional employee organization and is committed to advancing the cause of public education. NEA's 2.7 million members work at every level of education, from pre-school to university graduate programs. NEA has affilate organizations in every state, as well as in more than 14,000 local communities across the United States.
  • No Child Left Behind (NCLB)  External Link  
    No Child Left Behind is based on stronger accountability for results, more freedom for states and communities, proven education methods, and more choices for parents.
  • Office of Management and Budget (OMB)  External Link  
    Office of Management and Budget assists the President in the development and execution of his policies and programs. OMB has a hand in the development and resolution of all budget, policy, legislative, regulatory, procurement, e-gov, and management issues on behalf of the President.
  • Public Education Network (PEN)  External Link  
    Public Education Network is a national association of local education funds (LEFs) and individuals working to advance public school reform in low-income communities across our country.


Oregon Resources


  • Confederation of Oregon School Administrators (COSA)  External Link  
    The Confederation of Oregon School Administrators represents more than 2,000 member school administrators throughout Oregon. These are the leaders of Oregon's public schools and education service districts.
  • Employers for Education Excellence (E3)  External Link  
    Employers for Education Excellence builds understanding and inspires action for high academic standards to support learning and achievement in Oregon's public schools. An independent, 501(c )3 non-profit organization founded in 1996, E3 works in partnership with business, education, and civic leaders statewide.
  • MEASURE 47
    Property tax limit passed by Oregon's voters in November 1996, rolling taxes back to 1995-96 levels less 10% and capping future increases by 3% annually.
  • MEASURE 5
    Property tax limitation passed by Oregon's voters in November 1990, limiting local property taxes for schools to $5 per $1,000 of assessed value.
  • MEASURE 50
    Initiative referred by legislature and approved by voters in 1997 to clarify and implement Measure 47.
  • Oregon Administrative Rules (OAR)    
    The Oregon Attorney General's Administrative Law Manual defines "rule" to include "directives, standards, regulations or statements of general applicability that implement, interpret or prescribe law or policy or describe the agency's procedure or practice requirements".
  • Oregon Business Council (OBC)  External Link  
    The Oregon Business Council is an association of more than 40 top business executives focused on public issues that affect Oregon's life and future. Founded in 1985, OBC is patterned after the national Business Roundtable and affiliate organizations in a number of other states.
  • Oregon Department of Education (ODE)    
    The Oregon Department of Education is the state agency responsible for K-12 education in Oregon.
  • Oregon Department of Education District Website  External Link  
    This site has information pertaining to districts such as data collection due dates and available trainings. Registration is required through the school district security administrator.
  • Oregon Education Association (OEA)  External Link  
    The Oregon Education Association's mission works to assure quality public education for every student in Oregon by providing a strong, positive voice for school employees. OEA represents about 43,000 educators working in Oregon's pre-k through grade 12 public schools and community colleges. OEA's membership includes licensed teachers and specialists, education support professionals, community college faculty, retired educators, and student members.
  • Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS)  External Link  
    The Legislative Counsel Committee, pursuant to ORS 171.275, publishes Oregon Revised Statutes and distributes the up-to-date statute text, index, comparative section tables and annotations.
  • Oregon School Boards Association (OSBA)  External Link  
    Founded in 1946, OSBA is a non-profit association whose purpose is to support board members in their complex leadership roles. The association does this through a variety of services, from board member training and executive searches to policy services, publications and legislative advocacy.
  • Oregon State Board of Education    
    The Oregon Legislature created the State Board of Education in 1951. The Board sets educational policies and standards for Oregon's 197 public school districts, 17 community college districts and 21 educational service districts. All of these agencies have separate governing bodies responsible for transacting business within their jurisdiction.
  • Oregon University System (OUS)  External Link  
    OUS’s seven diverse and quality-focused institutions – Eastern Oregon University, Oregon Institute of Technology, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Southern Oregon University, University of Oregon, and Western Oregon University – provide higher education opportunities to all Oregonians who in turn enrich the economic and cultural base in the state.
  • Quality Education Commission (QEC)    
    The Quality Education Commission 2000 was appointed by Governor John Kitzhaber and State School Superintendent Stan Bunn in November 1999 to validate and refine the Oregon Quality Education Model (QEM). The model is helping lawmakers establish the costs of providing the education programs necessary for Oregon's children to meet the goals of the Education Act of the 21st Century. The Commission meets every second legislative session to address the current needs of Oregon's educational system.
  • Teacher Standards and Practices Commission (TSPC)  External Link  
    Teacher Standards and Practices Commission ensures that every student in Oregon is taught by caring, competent and ethical educators.

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