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Continuing Down the New Path: Taking the Lead on Quality Assessment

The passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) brought an…

Getting ESSA Right

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What is the opportunity you have in your school district to take action for your students? That was the overarching message at a three day Every Student Succeeds Act workshop for Pacific region educators, led by the National Education Association.

From June 21-23, more than 150 educators from seven western states and Oklahoma – including more than 50 Oregon Continue Reading

Evaluating Educators Under ESSA

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The Every Student Succeeds Act strips the U.S. Secretary of Education’s authority to mandate state educator evaluations or any aspect of a state’s educator evaluation system. This is a dramatic shift from the evaluation mandates states had to comply with to secure state ESEA flexibility waivers over the past few years.

Another dramatic shift is the immediate Continue Reading

Using TELL Data to Improve Conditions for Students

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The Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning (TELL) Oregon survey is an anonymous statewide survey of licensed school-based educators to assess teaching conditions at the school, district and state level. Research from around the country shows that teaching conditions are positively associated with improved student achievement and teacher retention. The TELL Continue Reading

How ESSA Affects Assessment

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The Every Student Succeeds Act takes steps to roll back the emphasis No Child Left Behind placed on high-stakes tests. After nearly 15 years of NCLB’s test-and-punish approach, the changes in ESSA are a welcome shift.

And while ESSA maintains the requirement for annual tests in grades 3-8 and once in high school, additional provisions in the legislation open the Continue Reading

ESSA & State Accountability Systems

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The Every Student Succeeds Act calls for state-designed accountability systems, ending the era of No Child Left Behind’s one-size-fits-all approach to accountability. ESSA also expands the measures of accountability states are required to use and ends the sole reliance on state math and reading scores as the only indicator of success.

Now, states have the flexibility and the Continue Reading

A New Era in Education

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After 14 years of education under the deeply flawed No Child Left Behind Act, students and educators finally have a new opportunity. The Every Student Succeeds Act returns decision making about our schools and students back where it belongs – in the hands of local educators, parents and communities – while continuing to keep a strong focus on students most in Continue Reading

Supreme Court Decision

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Supreme Court decision reaffirms collective bargaining

OEA President Vaandering: Silencing educator voice hurts students

WASHINGTON— An equally divided U.S. Supreme Court today delivered its decision in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, affirming that public employers have a compelling interest in having strong and effective collective bargaining. Continue Reading

Five Oregon Schools Receive 2016 California Casualty Athletics Grants

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Hood River Valley High School, Nyssa High School, Roosevelt High School (Portland), South Jetty High School (Warrenton), and Wallowa High School will share $6,000 in California Casualty Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grants. They are among 86 public high schools in 34 states receiving a total of $102,500 for struggling athletic departments.

The grant is named after Continue Reading

OEA Members Seek Association Positions

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The Winter 2016 and Spring 2016 issues of Today's OEA magazine included special inserts for the upcoming 2016 OEA-RA. In these inserts, you can find information about OEA member candidates currently running for OEA office, as well as proposed policy and bylaw amendments. 

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OEA-PIE Convention Results are In!

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After listening to a host of speeches, participating in rigorous debate and caucusing with fellow members, the OEA-PIE assembly made candidate recommendations for several offices, including President of the United States. The hall spoke, and made it clear: We’re With Her.

Not only did the assembly recommend Hillary Clinton for US President, but there was an Continue Reading

Professional Practice Organizing Grant Opportunity

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The Center for Great Public Schools is offering an amazing opportunity for local associations to apply for a Professional Practice Organizing grant. The grants will be awarded to help local associations engage members around important issues that impact teaching and learning. 

The grant may be used to support professional learning and/or to enhance and improve Continue Reading

The End of an Era

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Historic re-write closes the chapter on ‘No Child Left Behind’;  creates greater opportunities for every student to succeed

Today the US Senate approved S. 1177 (85-12), the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan and bicameral bill to reauthorize the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. President Barack Obama is Continue Reading

Honoring OEA Visionary Bob Crumpton

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We learned earlier this week that former OEA Executive Director Robert “Bob” Crumpton passed away after a short and sudden illness.  Whenever we lose a member of our OEA family, we are deeply saddened.   However, this loss is especially poignant, not only because of who Bob was and what he did for our union, but also because his daughter, UniServ consultant Susan Crumpton, is Continue Reading

Tragedy at UCC

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Words can't begin to express our grief and sadness over the tragic shooting that took place at Umpqua Community College on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015. Among the nine who lost their lives that day was Assistant Professor of English Larry Levine, who was teaching a writing class at the time of his death. 

As a community of educators, parents and community members - we Continue Reading

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