Oregon Student Voice (OSV) is a student-led organization that empowers all students to be authentic partners with K-12 education decision makers. Taking an initial step to elevate student participation in decision-making processes, OSV listened to high school students across Oregon to attain a better comprehension of their perceptions of our education system. More than 2,200 students shared their experiences in an online survey or during focus group discussions. This report, written by high school students, analyzes responses around different aspects of schooling. It concludes with recommendations for how Oregon’s K-12 education system can better support students.
“States Leading for Equity” examines national efforts to advance equity. Oregon is highlighted in this report for their practice of reallocating funding and staff resources to further their equity mission . With stakeholder involvement, Oregon Department of Education created the African American/Black Student Success Plan. This plan sets out clear metrics for improving educational outcomes for Oregon’s African-American students, and funding, largely to school districts to improve academic outcomes for English Learner (EL) students. Read about this effort along with their support of Native American students across the state in this report.
America is experiencing a diverse, cultural shift and the teacher workforce is lagging behind: While Latino students make up 25 percent of the U.S. student population, and that percentage is growing rapidly, just 8 percent of the nation’s teachers identify as Latino. And although greater numbers of Latino teachers are entering the classroom, they, like other teachers of color, are leaving the profession at higher rates than their White peers.
American enslavement of Africans shaped our country's sociopolitical institutions and formed the cornerstone of our industrial revolution. Today the persistent disparities African Americans face — and the backlash that seems to follow every African-American advancement — trace their roots to slavery and its aftermath.
To understand the world today we must understand slavery. But Southern Poverty Law Center research shows our schools are failing to teach the hard history of African enslavement.
What We Do
Chalkboard Project is an independent education transformation organization dedicated to making Oregon's K-12 public education school among the best in the country.