The board, staff, and extended family of Foundations for a Better Oregon (FBO) and The Chalkboard Project remember and celebrate Orcilia Zúñiga Forbes, PhD, and her treasured service over the past eleven years. We are immensely saddened by her recent passing.
Chalkboard Project applauds the Oregon legislature for taking positive steps toward supporting great teachers and principals: for making sure they have the supports they need to meet the demands of today’s classroom, and helping students succeed.
The release of preliminary state-level SBAC test results showing more Oregon students met the new college- and career-ready standards than expected is a testament to the rigor and high-quality classroom instruction delivered by Oregon’s educators.
Any assessment system we design must align with these new standards and must include the use of annual summative assessments for all students in grades 3-8 and once in high school. We are concerned, however, with the recent movement of downplaying the importance of statewide annual assessments for measuring overall student achievement, closing achievement gaps, and holding our public education system accountable for the significant state investment in it.