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One of those ways will be through the edTPA (Education Teacher Performance Assessment), a test involving more than 24 content areas that new teachers will have to pass in order to get certified. The edTPA was developed at Stanford University and is now used by teacher training programs in 34 states. Oregon will join that number after a four-year rollout of the test. That time will be used for planning the implementation of the test, and afterwards it will be required for students to finish a teaching degree.<ref name=nwpublicradio/>
 
One of those ways will be through the edTPA (Education Teacher Performance Assessment), a test involving more than 24 content areas that new teachers will have to pass in order to get certified. The edTPA was developed at Stanford University and is now used by teacher training programs in 34 states. Oregon will join that number after a four-year rollout of the test. That time will be used for planning the implementation of the test, and afterwards it will be required for students to finish a teaching degree.<ref name=nwpublicradio/>
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School board members in Oregon are elected to office by residents of the school district. School boards can have a total of five or seven members, but if the school district has a population of more than 300,000, the school board must have seven members. School board members serve four-year terms.<ref name=chapter332>[https://www.oregonlegislature.gov/bills_laws/lawsstatutes/2013ors332.html ''Oregon Revised Statutes'', "Chapter 332 — Local Administration of Education," accessed July 10, 2014]</ref>
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Oregon has only one type of school district. In 2003, all school districts were required to become common school districts. Common school districts are governed by an elected school board that has the power to levy taxes and issue general obligation bonds with voter approval.<ref>[http://www2.census.gov/govs/cog/2007/or.pdf ''United States Census Bureau'', "Oregon," accessed July 10, 2014]</ref>
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Oregon does not impose statewide term limits on school boards.<ref>[http://www.electronic-school.com/Board-Leadership/Surveys/SurveyonSchoolBoardMemberTermLimits.pdf ''National School Boards Association'', "Survey of the State School Boards Associations on Term Limits for Local Board Members," accessed July 10, 2014]</ref>
  
 
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==School board elections==

Revision as of 14:24, 10 July 2014

K-12 Education in Oregon
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Education facts
State Superintendent: Rob Saxton
Number of students: 568,208[1]
Number of teachers: 26,791
Teacher/pupil ratio: 1:21.2
Number of school districts: 221
Number of schools: 1,261
Graduation rate: 68%[2]
Per-pupil spending: $9,682[3]
See also
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Glossary of education terms

Oregon is home to 221 school districts, 1,261 schools and 568,208 K-12 students.[4]

Quick facts

State school administrators

  • State Board of Education[5]
    • Samuel Henry, Chair, Third Congressional District
    • Serilda Summers-McGee, Vice-Chair, At-Large Member
    • Angela Bowen, At-Large Member
    • Miranda Summer, First Congressional District
    • Vacant, Second Congressional District
    • Vacant, Fourth Congressional District
    • Anthony Veliz, Fifth Congressional District

Two seats on the State Board of Education are vacant and awaiting appointment from Governor John Kitzhaber.

Statistics

The following table details the top 10 school districts by enrollment and per-pupil spending.

Student enrollment, 2011-2012 Average spent per pupil from 1999-2009[6]
1.) Portland Public Schools 1.) Ashwood School District
2.) Salem-Keizer Public Schools 2.) Double O School District
3.) Beaverton School District 3.) Troy School District
4.) Hillsboro School District 4.) Plush School District
5.) North Clackamas School District 5.) Brothers School District 15
6.) Eugene School District 6.) Juntura School District
7.) Bend-La Pine Schools 7.) Black Butte School District
8.) Medford School District 8.) Long Creek School District
9.) Tigard-Tualatin School District 9.) Monument School District
10.) Gresham-Barlow School District 10.) Jewell School District

Demographics

See also: Demographic information for all students in all 50 states

The following table displays the ethnic distribution of students in Montana as reported in the National Center for Education Statistics Common Core of Data for 2011-2012.[7]

Demographic information for Oregon's K-12 public school system
Ethnicity Students State Percentage United States Percentage**
American Indian 10,247 1.80% 1.10%
Asian 22,274 3.92% 4.68%
African American 14,404 2.53% 15.68%
Hawaiian Nat./Pacific Isl. students 3,690 0.65% 0.42%
Hispanic 119,790 21.08% 24.37%
White 371,294 65.34% 51.21%
Two or more 26,509 4.67% 2.54%
**Note: This is the percentage of all students in the United States that are reported to be of this ethnicity.

In the news

Improving teacher training

In June 2014, the National Council on Teacher Quality published a report that criticized teacher training programs across the United States. For Oregon, the report said teacher training programs were not selective enough and did not give future teachers the training they need, specifically in reading education. In response to the report's criticisms, education leaders, teaching professors and school officials in Oregon met to discuss ways to improve teacher training.[8]

One of those ways will be through the edTPA (Education Teacher Performance Assessment), a test involving more than 24 content areas that new teachers will have to pass in order to get certified. The edTPA was developed at Stanford University and is now used by teacher training programs in 34 states. Oregon will join that number after a four-year rollout of the test. That time will be used for planning the implementation of the test, and afterwards it will be required for students to finish a teaching degree.[8]

State law

School board composition

School board members in Oregon are elected to office by residents of the school district. School boards can have a total of five or seven members, but if the school district has a population of more than 300,000, the school board must have seven members. School board members serve four-year terms.[9]

School district types

Oregon has only one type of school district. In 2003, all school districts were required to become common school districts. Common school districts are governed by an elected school board that has the power to levy taxes and issue general obligation bonds with voter approval.[10]

Term limits

Oregon does not impose statewide term limits on school boards.[11]

School board elections

Upcoming elections

See also: Oregon school board elections, 2014

No top enrollment districts in Oregon are scheduled to hold elections in 2014.

See also

External links

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References

  1. National Center for Education Statistics, "Table 2. Number of operating public schools and districts, state enrollment, teacher and pupil/teacher ratio by state: School year 2011–12," accessed March 18, 2014
  2. ED Data Express, "State Tables Report," accessed March 17, 2014 The site includes this disclaimer: "States converted to an adjusted cohort graduation rate [starting in the 2010-2011 school year], which may or may not be the same as the calculation they used in prior years. Due to the potential differences, caution should be used when comparing graduation rates across states."
  3. United States Census Bureau, "Public Education Finances: 2011," accessed March 18, 2014
  4. United States Department of Education, "2012 EDFacts State Profile," accessed August 13, 2013
  5. Oregon Department of Education, "State Board Members," accessed June 13, 2014
  6. State of Oregon, "Average Cost Per Student by District," accessed July 10, 2014
  7. United States Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, "Common Core of Data (CCD), State Nonfiscal Public Elementary/Secondary Education Survey, 2011-2012," accessed May 7, 2014
  8. 8.0 8.1 Northwest Public Radio, "Oregon Teachers To Face Exit Exams In Years To Come," July 8, 2014
  9. Oregon Revised Statutes, "Chapter 332 — Local Administration of Education," accessed July 10, 2014
  10. United States Census Bureau, "Oregon," accessed July 10, 2014
  11. National School Boards Association, "Survey of the State School Boards Associations on Term Limits for Local Board Members," accessed July 10, 2014