Oregon Education At “High Risk”

Oregon is one of three states the USDepartment of Education is calling “high risk.”

If the state doesn’t come up with it’s own plan by May, federal monitors could be called in to your child’s classroom

Students are typically the ones who are graded in the classroom but the federal government says because Oregon is a so called “high risk” state the teachers could soon be graded.

“What the state is trying to do right now, is make sure the implementation of the student learning goals is productive,” said Julie Evans of the Medford School district.

Evans wants a system which better engages the students and supports the teachers rather than a one size fits all scoring system.

“We are taking the time to evaluate what does that mean for an Oregon student.”

States must either comply with teacher evaluations based on “No Child Left Behind” or develop their own.

Oregon has yet to do it, one of three states.

“It’s not just about numbers on a piece of paper but what is the actual impact students are learning and achievement.”

In the past teachers in the Medford School District were only evaluated on whether they were proficient or not but not anymore

“It’s a much more robust system and it gives teachers much more feed back on how they are doing what they can do in.”

If the state doesn’t pass the requirements, federal administrators will visit classrooms deciding whether or not teachers are up to par.

Evans does say that she is confident that Medford and the state will be able to pass the new evaluation.

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