Attendance Awareness Month materials available online now

Attendance Awareness Month is a nationwide event recognizing the connection between school attendance and academic achievement. Resources and strategies to create a local campaign are available online at no charge. Read more.

Open Books Now Online Source for Report Cards

Browse your school and district report cards. Compare with similar schools and districts across the state. Information=Smart Decisions. Read more.

The Value of Teacher Evaluations

Read Chalkboard President Sue Hildick's Opinion piece in the Oregonian on the value of the Teacher Incentive Fund. Read more.

Report Release: The Condition of Education for Members of Oregon's Indian Tribes

Tribal students in Oregon face many hurdles in educational achievement and attainment. See the findings. Read more.

2013 CLASS Project Dashboard

The effects of the CLASS Project are powerful. CLASS districts continue to move students to proficiency on state tests faster than the rest of the state and close achievement gaps between traditionally underperforming student groups and the rest of Oregon students. Read more.

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What do we talk about when we talk about Common Core?

It seems like the topic of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) is central to many of my recent conversations. We all seem... Read more

Comparing high school graduation rates: When is a diploma really a diploma?

Introduction The U.S. Department of Education, using four year adjusted cohort rates, reported Oregon was forty-ninth in... Read more

Is our lockstep salary structure a major deterrent in attracting talented individuals into a teaching career?

My great nephew recently announced to his parents his intent to finish college and get his teaching license to teach sci... Read more

Why do we keep talking about equity?

We’ve been talking a lot about equity recently. Whether it’s about student achievement and opportunity gaps or about... Read more

Education Equity and Teacher Effectiveness

Recent events have once again raised the question of equal access to quality education, and how far we must still go as ... Read more

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Current Educational Issues

Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith outlines 3 goals for 2013-14 school year

During a visit to Sitton School on the first day of classes, Smith said she hopes to target graduation rates, early literacy, and exclusiona... Read more.

Dilley Elementary School teachers prepare classrooms for students

First-time teacher Katie Blanc has long dreamed about decorating her very own classroom.... Read more.

2014 back to school: Portland high school students snap first-day selfies

First day of school selfies from Portland high schools.... Read more.