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Aug 20 2013

Here's to a new school year

August finds me especially excited about the coming school year given the dramatic steps taken this year towards Oregon’s 2025 education goal of 40/40/20: namely that 40% of Oregonians have at least a Bachelor's degree, 40% at least an associate's or technical degree and 20% at least a rigorous high school diploma.

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Oct 16 2013

Inspired By the PIE Network Conference

Last month, I had the opportunity to attend the Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) Network Conference. PIE supports and promotes a network of education advocacy organizations working to improve K-12 education in their states so that every student graduates world-ready. This was the fourth time I've attended the conference and as always, it was one of the best professional learning opportunities of the year. It isn't often that I get to be a room of people who do very similar work in states and cities across the country.

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Jan 29 2014

A newer, smarter report card for Oregon schools

New York Times columnist Tom Friedman has just written about the frustration of teachers who accurately grade their students, but then get severely criticized if they dare to hand out “Ds” or “Fs.”

We believe report cards are important, not just for students, but also for assessing how our state, districts and schools are performing on education measurements.

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