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August 10, 2012
Effective Teacher Collaboration: A Key to Achieving Governor Kitzhaber’s 40/40/20 Vision
(Salem, Ore.) – In order to realize the Governor and Legislature’s bold vision for Oregon’s children, we must identify and act on best practices, while also recommitting to an equally bold path of investment according to the 2012 Quality Education Model (QEM) report published today on the Oregon Department of Education’s website. Schools where teachers effectively work together to continuously improve teaching practices, collaborate around individual student progress and needs for sixty minutes or more per week, and communicate regularly with students and their parents or other caring adults, have substantially higher student growth and success than their lower-performing counterparts. Teacher collaboration programs that are teacher-owned and well-implemented show promise in improving teacher effectiveness, which in turn leads to higher than predicted student achievement outcomes. Poorly-implemented collaboration programs, by contrast, or those imposed without teacher involvement and ownership, can actually lead to lower than predicted student performance.
“For more than a decade, the Quality Education Commission has played an important role in the creation of an exemplary public education model along with the exploration of educational best practices in Oregon,” said Governor John Kitzhaber’s education advisor Ben Cannon. “As we move forward together with the Governor’s education strategies, it is clear from the Commission’s latest report that it has an important role to play in ensuring a quality education for all of Oregon’s children.”
The Quality Education Commission’s recommendations include:
The Commission is charged with evaluating educational best practices and determining the level of funding needed for all Oregon students to reach those standards set by the State. Based on the Quality Education Model, the Commission has determined that Oregon needs state funding of approximately $8.76 billion to fully fund the state’s schools for 2013-15. That is an increase of more than $2.4 billion over current funding levels.
Click here for the full 2012 Quality Education Model Report
The Quality Education Commission is a non-partisan group comprised of individuals appointed by the Governor, confirmed by the legislature, and tasked with refining and validating the QEM and producing a biennial report. The QEM was developed in 1999 to establish an objective and research-based connection between the resources devoted to schools and levels of student achievement and to guide efforts to fund Oregon schools adequately. In 2001, the Legislative Assembly created the Quality Education Commission (QEC) to serve as a permanent body to regularly update and improve the original QEM. Click here to learn more about the Quality Education Commission and the Quality Education Model.
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