Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation
Oregon K-12 Social State Board of Education Adopts
Sciences Academic Common Core State Standards
available for public At their October 28th, 2010 meeting, the State Board of Education voted to adopt the
review and comment Common Core State Standards (CCSS) in English language arts and mathematics.
The Oregon Department of Education Currently, every state has its own set of academic standards. These standards seek to
(ODE) is conducting a review and provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare students for college and the
revision of the Social Sciences workforce, regardless of where they live. Oregon students could begin seeing Common
Academic Content Standards and is Core Standards as soon as the next school year (2011-12). It is important to note that
now seeking input on the initial draft the CCSS will not entirely replace Oregon’s existing standards as many of the Common
of these learning expectations. Core Standards are contained in existing Oregon content standards.
Comments are sought via an online
survey posted at The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) has been engaged in CCSS work since
http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/N the initiative’s inception in spring 2009. ODE staff reviewed each iteration of the
FQPYLJ. standards and provided feedback throughout the development process. A statewide
panel of math educators conducted a rigorous match/gap analysis of the CCSS in
The survey will be available until relation to Oregon’s own recently adopted math content standards. These results were
November 30, 2010. The revised presented to the State Board and will serve as a foundation for implementation of the
standards are constructed using the Common Core mathematics standards. A user-friendly crosswalk document created from
Core Standards format and include the match/gap analysis will be available in November.
grade-level standards for each grade
K-8 and for high school. Survey A draft implementation timeline was presented to the Board as a starting point for a
comments will be considered by the statewide implementation blueprint. Moving to Common Core in two content areas and
Social Sciences Content and replacing the statewide assessment in these subjects represents a major change for
Assessment Panel at its next meeting Oregon. Following the State Board adoption of CCSS, the ODE will convene a State
and will be used to produce a second Implementation Team. This taskforce will use the draft implementation framework as a
draft. ODE will present the final
starting point for crafting the implementation blueprint.
version of the revised kindergarten
through high school Social Sciences It is expected that states adopting the Common Core Standards will also implement a
standards to the State Board for common assessment. Along with 30 other states, Oregon is a member of the
adoption in late spring 2011. SMARTER Balanced Assessment consortium that has formed to explore common
assessment options. Until a common assessment is designed, piloted, and implemented,
If you have questions about the however, the OAKS will continue to be used to assess students in math, reading,
survey or the draft standards, please writing, science, and social science.
contact Andrea Morgan, Education
Specialist, at For more information visit: www.ode.state.or.us/go/commoncore or see the Common
(503) 947-5772 or Core FAQs.
Contact: C. Michelle Hooper, Director of Teaching and Learning
(503)-947-5694 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Continued… November 2010
Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework: Focus on Instruction
Literacy Framework The Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework (www.ode.state.or.us/go/literacyframework) is a roadmap
Mailed to All!
for improving literacy outcomes for students in grades K-12 through the coordinated effort of the
state, districts, and schools. Each month in the EII Update, one feature of effective teacher
One copy of the Oregon K-12
delivery will be highlighted. The nine features are applicable grades K-12; they are essential for
Literacy Framework, adopted by
initial reading instruction in kindergarten and continue to be essential through elementary, middle,
the State Board in December
and high school as teachers instruct students on how to access content from texts.
2009, was mailed to every school
in October. Several copies were Feature 1: Teacher Modeling
mailed to ESDs, school districts,
Teachers provide clear and vivid examples (e.g., think alouds) of the knowledge
and colleges of education. The
they want students to develop. Strong teacher modeling (a) clearly isolates the
production of these materials was
critical aspects of what students should do, (b) is visually engaging, and (c) avoids
funded with federal literacy dollars.
the use of language that is extraneous to the learning task. In an instructional
sequence, effective modeling is followed by guided student practice under high
Additional copies of the
levels of teacher support before students practice the skill on their own.
Framework are not available from
ODE; however, the Framework Examples of modeling in the upper grades include a social sciences teacher
(with table of contents) can be modeling how to evaluate the historical context of primary source materials, a
downloaded at science teacher modeling how to form hypotheses while reading subject-area
http://www.ode.state.or.us/searc textbooks, a mathematics teacher modeling the use of slow precise reading of word
h/page/?id=2987 from the problems, or a literature teacher modeling how to interpret symbolism in a passage
Menu on the right side of the or a short story.
Feature 1: Modeling Checklist
For additional information, please
contact Teacher clearly isolates the critical aspects of the task
LiteracyFramework@state.or.us Teacher visually engages the students when appropriate
Teacher uses language that is central to the learning task
Contact: Julie Anderson, English Language Arts Specialist
(503) 947-5613 or email@example.com
Literacy DVDs Sent to Leaders and Policy Makers
All state, district, and school education leaders and policymakers received
an Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework DVD and memo from Superintendent
Castillo in October. The DVD includes two videos: “Moving Reading Forward,”
(9 minutes) and “Pathway to Reading” (20 minutes). The production of these
materials was funded with federal literacy dollars.
District and school leaders are encouraged to use the videos to provide
professional development to staff on using a comprehensive reading model.
Moving reading forward in Oregon means that all students will have the
reading skills to do well early in school and throughout school, earn an
Oregon Diploma, and succeed after high school. K-12 planning is needed to
make this happen. The videos and online Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework
provide guidance for both planning and implementation. The support of
policymakers will increase the likelihood of early success. For additional
information, please contact LiteracyFramework@state.or.us.
Continued… November 2010
Staff Changes in EII Dual Credit in Oregon 2010 Follow-up Study
There are some new (and some The latest dual credit study from the OUS Office of Institutional Research found that
returning!) faces in EII: Dual Credit programs in Oregon are generating positive results for Oregon students.
The questions examined in the study were:
Donna Brant – Career and
Technical Education and Perkins (1) Do high school students who take dual credit courses succeed when they
Grants go on to college?
(503) 974-5622, (2) Does dual credit instruction do as well as college-situated instruction in
firstname.lastname@example.org preparing students for subsequent college coursework?
Margaret Bates – Charter Schools The executive summary and the statistical excerpts from the September 2010 study
(503) 947-5688, can be found at
Jennell Ives – Health
Sciences/Guidance & Counseling Access the complete study and appendix at
Programs www.ous.edu/state_board/meeting/dockets/ddoc100928-JB-3B.pdf and
(503) 947-5777, www.ous.edu/state_board/meeting/dockets/ddoc100928-JB-3C.pdf.
Contact: Reynold Gardner, Ed. Specialist, Agriculture & Natural Resource Systems,(
Rebecca Blocher – Talented and 503) 947-5615 or email@example.com
Regional Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP)
firstname.lastname@example.org Reading Review
Continuous Improvement Plans (CIP) were due September 15, 2010 for all school
districts in Malheur ESD, North Central ESD, Southern Oregon ESD, Union Baker
ESD, Lane ESD, South Coast ESD, Clackamas ESD, Multnomah ESD, Jefferson
ESD, Harney ESD, and Columbia Gorge ESD.
CIP Review sessions led by ODE and ESD staff are being planned. ODE is inviting
experienced school and district improvement planners and writers to assist in this
These reviews will be hosted at six ESDs (Malheur, Umatilla-Morrow, Lane, Linn-
Benton-Lincoln, Multnomah, and Southern Oregon) and will provide a hands-on,
professional development experience for CIP writers. Registration is required for
these review sessions in order for host sites to make necessary arrangements.
The first round of reviews is scheduled for completion by January 2011. The second
round of reviews for those eCIPs needing revision is expected to begin in mid-
January 2011 and continue through March.
Contact: Ann Kaltenbach, Support Specialist, at (503) 947-5641 or