The debate around student testing continues to escalate. Nationally, Congress is considering removing annual assessments as a requirement for reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). In Oregon, bills to allow students to opt out of annual testing or removing statewide annual assessments all together are being introduced in the legislative session.
The climate for educators is very complex today—constantly evolving and with many challenges, especially as they navigate Common Core, new evaluations, and new state testing. Teachers are the single most important in-school factor that drives student success.
Recently I made the announcement that I will be stepping back from my day-to-day work with Chalkboard. This change is driven largely by healthy family considerations, a time that I hope will be devoted more to being a husband, father, and grandfather. What you have heard is true…being a grandparent really does change one’s priorities in life! Although I will no longer be in an active daily role as an educational leader, I will continue to serve our staff and Board in an advisory capacity.
Chalkboard’s goal since its inception has been and continues to be helping to make Oregon’s public schools among the nation’s best. Looking back on 2013, I am pleased to say that real steps have been taken to move Oregon closer to a top 10 education system. Innovative educators, strong education leaders, bold legislators and a focused Governor all helped to make 2013 a year of moving in the right direction. If you haven’t read our legislative re-cap or our holiday message, please do.