Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Promises about Education on Kitz-O-Meter

Make education funding stable

Will "make education funding stable."

Establish Early Childhood Coordinating Council

Will "establish an Early Childhood Coordinating Council in the Governor’s Office. The Council would lead the way to align efforts, measure progress and ensure accountability, ensure efficiency in resources and maximize federal dollars for these efforts."

Create standards for child care and pre-school

Will create "uniform standards for early care and education programs, including workforce training to ensure Oregon’s early childhood professionals have sufficient training and consistent quality to prepare Oregon’s children for Kindergarten."

Link Pre-K and K-12 data systems

Will link "Pre-K and K-12 data systems, ensuring that we have access to superior data on outcomes."

Create teacher evaluation tool linked to student performance

Will create "a fair and meaningful teacher/administrator evaluation tool linked to student performance and growth."

Eliminate redundant standardized tests

Will restore "instructional time by eliminating redundant high-stakes standardized testing."

Create new "Oregon Diploma"

Will develop "a new Oregon high school diploma that means students are prepared to enroll in post-secondary education without remediation."

Guarantee two years of community college to those with new Oregon Diploma

Will guarantee "access to at least two years of community college or Oregon university education for students earning the Oregon Diploma."

Expand magnet schools

Will expand "the number of magnet high schools, especially in math and science, health care and environmental studies."

Shift state education funding to match student achievement

Will "shift state investments from enrollments to student performance and other expected results, guided by the goal of '40-40-20' and focusing instruction on student achievement."

Guarantee transfer credit between higher ed institutions

Will guarantee "transfer of credit among all Oregon public colleges and universities."

Create single state education budget

Will create a single unified state budget for education - the Oregon Education Investment Fund - that would combine the pre-K dollars in the Oregon Department of Education with the State School fund as well as the budgets for community colleges at the Oregon University System.