BANDON — The Obama administration has approved Oregon’s No Child Left Behind waiver, leaving Oregon school districts under state supervision.
Instead of the rigorous standards applied in NCLB, Oregon schools will be required — starting next year to develop and maintain an Achievement Compact with the state of Oregon.
The new program was created by Gov. John Kitzhaber and requires schools to work toward 100 percent graduation and 90 percent attendance, to focus on disadvantaged students and to graduate all students with at least six earned college credits.
The governor announced the Oregon Achievement Compact guidelines in January. Local school districts have worked since that time to develop individual compacts.
Bandon Schools Superintendent Diane Buche said the district developed its Achievement Compact using the most current data and presented it to the School Board, which approved it at a special session June 25.
“The compact reflects progress and sets goals for future student success around key outcomes: Third grade reading and math, sixth grade on track (using attendance as the measure), ninth grade on track (using credits earned as the measure), college credits earned in high school, high school completion and post-secondary enrollment,” Buche said.
“The areas we need the most improvement in at this point in time are elementary math instruction and how to offer more opportunities for high school students to earn college credit,” she added.
In addition to developing the Achievement Compact, the district has spent some professional development time to help its staff learn more about the new Common Core State Standards.
“We will work to align our curriculum to those new standards and make sure we implement them through our teaching practices and instructional materials,” Buche said.
The governor’s new system also requires colleges to create achievement compacts. Gov. Kitzhaber hopes that 100 percent of high school graduates will attend some kind of post-secondary institution.
The Associated Press reports that Oregon’s waiver from No Child Left Behind is conditional because the state must develop a plan to evaluate teachers and administrators based on improvement in their students’ performance.