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2/8/2008 11:00:00 AM
Superintendent's Update #241
Superintendent's Update

In This Issue:
  • State Public School Enrollment Increases during 2007-08
  • ECMC Foundation to Fund Oregon ECMC Scholars in Class of 2010
  • Oregon Diploma Talk
  • Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools
  • Susan’s Schedule

State Public School Enrollment Increases during 2007-08

State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced that the total number of Oregon elementary and secondary students enrolled in public schools continues to increase steadily. According to counts reported by school districts, Oregon has 566,067 public school students – an increase of 3,239 since last year (+0.6%).
fall enrollment
Oregon’s public school enrollment has increased nine times during the last ten years. Again, growth was uneven across the state, with the largest enrollment increases in the Portland metro suburbs, Salem and central Oregon. Reflecting the change in Oregon’s statewide demographics during the past few years, minority student enrollment continued to increase, while white student enrollment decreased. Hispanic students accounted for the largest increase in student population, growing 5.3% over last year.

“Today’s report highlights the need for Oregon to continue to invest in our educators,” Castillo said. “Increased enrollment and growing diversity in our student population make it more important than ever that we provide our teachers and administrators with the support they need to help all students succeed. We must invest in professional development at all levels, and we need to work closely with colleges and universities to ensure that new teachers and school leaders are well prepared.”

For more information go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/news/releases/.
ECMC Foundation to Fund Oregon ECMC Scholars in Class of 2010

ECMC State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced today that ECMC Foundation has funded the third cycle of its Oregon ECMC Scholars Program, committing $1.38 million in scholarships to Oregon public high school students. In 2005, the Oregon Department of Education and ECMC Foundation joined in a partnership to create the Oregon ECMC Scholars Program. The goal of the Oregon ECMC Scholars Program is to increase participation in postsecondary education by economically or otherwise disadvantaged students and challenge students to better prepare during their junior and senior years of high school. The Oregon ECMC Scholars Program high schools are:
  • La Pine High School (Bend-La Pine)
  • Centennial Learning Center (Portland)
  • Illinois Valley High School (Cave Junction)
  • Madison High School (Portland)
  • Milwaukie High School (Milwaukie)
  • Pendleton High School (Pendleton)
  • Willamette High School (Eugene)
  • Woodburn High School (Woodburn)
The first class of Oregon ECMC Scholars will graduate in 2008; the second class will graduate in 2009. Today’s announcement means funding will be extended to students in the class of 2010. Eight high schools from Oregon participate in the program, and ten students from each school will be eligible each year to earn scholarships -- $4,000 for their first year and $2,000 for their second year (allowable uses for this scholarship are the same as those for Pell Grants). Click here for more information about ECMC foundation.
Oregon Diploma Talk
This weekly item highlights actions taken, various questions and background relating to the new Oregon diploma.

Diploma Implementation Update
During its January 8th meeting, the Standards & Assessment Task Force looked at the state scoring guides currently in place as possible measures of the Essential Skills. The group recommended ODE could move forward using these assessments in the interim. In upcoming meetings, the SATF will also consider viable long-range plans that include multiple assessment options introduced on a phase-in basis. The State Board has expressed the need for a range of assessment options for measuring the Essential Skills.

The Credit for Proficiency Task Force will launch February 5th. It is expected that recommendations from this group will be taken to the State Board next fall.

The Cost Capacity Task Force is doing behind the scenes work costing out what it will take to meet the new diploma requirements. It is expected that recommendations from this group will also be taken to the State Board next fall.

The Essential Skills Task Force (ESTF) has released a draft of the Essential Skills and related indicators that is ready for public review. Following the period of public input the Essential Skills Task Force’s recommendations will go to the State Board for adoption in June 2008. Applicable OAR development will commence soon after. A draft of the Essential Skill definitions PDF is available on the ODE website for public review. Please share your feedback with the Department of Education through February 19, 2008. Your input will help inform the next draft of the skills by the Task Force and final recommendations that go to the State Board. A summary of the Essential Skills process and all diploma task force information is available. Work is currently underway in the Standards and Assessment Task Force to identify assessment options for the Essential Skills.

For further information, please contact Theresa Levy eMail, Ed. Specialist and Diploma Project Coordinator, Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation, 503-947-5736.

Detailed information regarding the Oregon Diploma can be found at
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Opportunities and Financial Resources for Schools

The Oregon Legislature convened on Monday, Feb. 4, for a four-week session with a packed agenda. One item on the docket: Whether to allow school districts to continue offering full-day, parent-paid kindergarten, rather than cutting back to half-day kindergarten programs, which is all the state funds.

The Senate Education and General Government Committee, chaired by Sen. Vicki Walker, will hold a public hearing on SB 1068 on Monday, Feb. 11 at 3:30 p.m. in Hearing Room A.

Senate Bill 1068 ensures that school districts across Oregon would continue their full-day, parent-paid kindergarten for two more years. This legislation was introduced as a result of conflicting opinions as to whether or not Oregon law permits school districts to charge parents for full-day kindergarten programs. It is a temporary solution but would allow willing families to access to full-day.

Susan’s Schedule

Week of February 4th – Susan Castillo worked with Representative Mary Nolan on the Harvard Leadership Initiative; met with Linn Benton Lincoln ESD Superintendents, met with 7th and 8th graders at Pioneer Middle School of Lebanon to discuss the new diploma requirements; spoke at the Lebanon Rotary Club; attended a Diploma Implementation Task Force meeting; spoke to the AOI education committee on the Oregon diploma; and attended the University of Oregon symposium on Biliteracy and Biculturalism.

Week of February 11th – Susan will speak at the Medford Chamber of Commerce on the Oregon Diploma; visit the 2007 Celebrating Student Success recipient Howard Elementary in Medford; have lunch with Southern Oregon ESD Superintendent, Steve Boyarsky; speak with Alaska Commissioner of Education, Barbara Thompson; attend the State Board of Education meeting; present awards to 2007 Milken educators; attend an Oregon 150 board meeting; attend a Youth Advisory Team meeting; and speak with Hawaii Superintendent Patricia Hamamoto.

The February 2008 issue of Superintendent's Pipeline is available on the ODE website: http://www.ode.state.or.us/pipeline/february-pipeline-08.pdf PDF

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