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Recently, the Oregonian published an article about the Oregon Matrix Model for evaluation that will be recommended to the US Department of Education as part of Oregon’s Waiver application.  The new Oregon Matrix Model is unique to Oregon and has been designed and piloted by educators in school districts across the state.  The decision to adopt one model for integrating student learning and growth in teacher and administrative evaluations came as a result of the piloting process in local districts.  

The Oregon Matrix Model --piloted with our locals in Ashland, Beaverton, Oregon City, North Clackamas, and South Lane -- is unique nationally.  If approved, Oregon will join states like Massachusetts and Rhode Island, in using a matrix approach, rather than a percentage formula.

Here are some basic highlights:

  • The matrix is used to find a professional growth plan and summative performance level for every educator in Oregon.
  • The new system combines three components: professional practice (the work educators do each day), professional responsibility (the parts of our work that are about seeking continued growth, communication, and collaboration with colleagues), and a growth measure of student learning over time.
  • Some other specifics on the matrix:
  • In a two-year evaluation cycle, an educator writes two Student Learning and Growth Goals per year - four goals total for the cycle. Educators will get to bring their two strongest goals forward to be part of the summative evaluation.
  • Where there are inconsistencies between the Professional Rubric and the Student Learning and Growth Goals, there are mandated inquiry processes that must be followed prior to any summative decisions being made by the evaluator.
  • Student Learning and Growth goals, based on multiple measures of student learning, will be a part of determining each educator’s professional growth plan and summative performance level.

Find out more about the Oregon Matrix Model, and OEA's position and next steps, here.