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12/21/2007 11:04:00 AM
Superintendent’s Update #234
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1. 2006-07 Annual Statewide Report Card

2. Oregon Diploma Talk

3. Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

4. Susan’s Schedule

The December Issue PDF of Superintendent's Pipeline is available on the ODE website: http://www.ode.state.or.us/pipeline/december-pipeline-07.pdf PDF

Learn about what is new with the Oregon Diploma at http://www.getreadyoregon.org/

1. Oregon Department of Education Releases Annual Statewide Report Card

State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced that the Oregon Department of Education has released the 2006-07 Oregon Statewide Report Card. The 99-page report is an annual publication, required by Oregon state law, and serves as a summary of Oregon’s public education system performance. The report is posted on the ODE website at http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=126

“The Statewide Report Card not only summarizes the accomplishments of the past year, but allows Oregonians to track important educational trends,” Castillo said. “The report is important because it gathers so much information into a single document, allowing citizens to get an accurate, comprehensive look at the state’s public education system.”

2. Oregon Diploma Talk

This weekly item highlights actions taken, various questions and background relating to the new Oregon diploma.

When Achieve's American Diploma Project (ADP) Network was founded at the 2005 National Education Summit, only two states (Texas and Arkansas) had graduation requirements rigorous enough to prepare students for success in college and careers. The governors and state education leaders who helped start the ADP Network recognized that if they wanted their graduates to be able to compete for college and jobs in a "flat world" their 20th century education standards were no longer good enough. They also understood the power of collaborating with and learning from each other as they raised expectations. Nowhere has the power of collective state action been more apparent than in the rapid adoption by states of rigorous college and career ready graduation requirements. What began as two states just under three years ago now stands at 17, with Louisiana and Arizona taking action to raise their graduation requirements just this month. For a state by state comparison of the new requirements, go here.

Each of the states that have put new requirements in place has faced a series of difficult decisions in designing and implementing its graduation policy. In which subject areas should the state establish requirements and how challenging should those requirements be? Should the new requirements be mandatory for all students or should there be an opt- out provision? How will the state ensure that courses with the same name are taught in a consistently rigorous manner across the state? What are the implications for career and technical education or other non traditional curricular pathways? Achieve has developed a policy brief entitled, "Aligning High School Graduation Requirements with the Real World: A Road Map for States." (Download it here.) The Road Map addresses the most frequently cited challenges of policy design as well as strategies for implementation, communication, and coalition building. It draws heavily on the experience of early adopter states. Raising graduation requirements is no panacea. It brings numerous capacity challenges to the fore, from finding enough qualified math and science teachers to ensuring students receive the support they need to succeed. But that is exactly the point. Setting the bar so that all students graduate from high school prepared for the real world is an important first step in addressing and resolving these critical issues. Once the bar is set, it enables all of the leaders in the state, in districts, and in schools to focus on what really matters: doing what it takes to help students succeed.

3. Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

Education Pathways for Teachers Conference
Friday, December 14th, 8:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Western Oregon University
This annual teacher education conference features concurrent strands pertaining to teacher education: career and technical education, licensure, emerging issues, instruction, and pathways. The conference is well-suited for teacher education program faculty and administrators as well as advisors and counselors, who provide any type of transfer advising and career guidance in teacher education. To register and for additional information about the conference, click on this hot link: Register Here. For more information please contact, Susan Boyanovsky, 503-378-8648 Ext. 286.

Bilingual Teachers and Teaching Assistants from Spain
Do you need a teacher or assistant with the ability to work cross culturally in classes where Spanish may be the first or second language of your students? The Spanish Visiting Teachers and Teaching Assistants have been successfully utilized to teach Bilingual programs throughout the United States. Their salary and medical insurance is paid by the Spanish Ministry of Education. There are currently 1,300 visiting teachers working in the U.S.; seven of those teachers are employed in Oregon schools. The cohort of teachers from Spain also offers a wide range of subject matter expertise. In addition to language classes, they are qualified to teach Math, Science, Language Arts, Music, PE, and other subjects. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is planning to hold information sessions in various locations throughout the state during the week of January 21st. At these sessions, ODE will share more detail about the visiting teacher program in Oregon, now in its second year, and other opportunities available to Oregon schools, teachers, and students. If you are interested in learning more about these programs or would like to attend one of the sessions in January, please contact Rendy Jantz eMail, or Josefa Baez-Ramos eMail, prior to January 4th, 2008. A detailed explanation of these programs may be accessed at: http://www.mec.es/exterior/usa/en/home/index.shtml, http://www.mec.es/exterior/usa/en/programs/visiting/default.shtml

To help with the daunting task of completing federal financial aid forms, the Oregon Student Assistance Commission will coordinate a one-day statewide effort to help students and families complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). FAFSA is a need-based application for federal, state and campus-based financial aid. Colleges all over Oregon will have trained volunteers and financial aid professionals available to provide assistance and support. Help will include completing the FAFSA worksheet, submitting an online application and receive training on other funding opportunities. Bilingual volunteers will also be available at most campuses. Each site will have a drawing for one $500 education award. For more information contact Phillip Hudspeth eMail, Oregon Student Assistance Commission, 541-687-7454.
When: Saturday, January 26, 2008, 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Locations: Blue Mountain Community College; Central Oregon Community College - Redmond Campus; Chemeketa Community College; Clackamas Community College; Columbia Gorge Community College, Hood River; Columbia Gorge Community College, The Dalles; Mt. Hood Community College; Portland Community College, Cascade Campus; Portland Community College, Rock Creek Campus; Portland Community College, Sylvania Campus; Portland Community College, Southeast Center; Rogue Community College - Redwood Campus, Grants Pass.

Students should bring:
  • Yourself and a parent/guardian if possible
  • Most recent completed federal tax return
  • Current value of assets, including cash, checking, savings, investments, and value of business/farm, if any.
  • Social Security numbers of student and parents
  • Driver's license (if any)
  • Alien registration card (if you are not a U.S. citizen)

4. Susan’s Schedule

Week of December 17th – Susan met with Willie Brown, Executive Director for the Black Citizen's Coalition of Portland Neighborhoods; met with Kevin McCann, OSBA Executive Director; and met with Jay Clemens and John Marshall of Associated Oregon Industries.

Week of December 24th – Susan will spend the holidays with family.

  • For scheduling inquires, please contact Jennifer Busey at (503) 947-5740.
  • Please forward this UPDATE to others who might find it of interest.

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