Oregon board digs into school achievement compacts
Tuesday, March 13, 2012
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon's new education oversight board is working out the details of achievement compacts that all school districts, community colleges and universities will be expected to sign before next school year.
The Education Investment Board is meeting Tuesday to push forward on a framework for the documents that will spell out the outcomes -- like graduate rates and test scores -- that schools will be expected to achieve. The compacts are a key part of Gov. John Kitzhaber's plan to improve education by breaking down bureaucratic barriers and rewarding the most successful programs with more money.
Officials are discussing the specific data points that should be included in the compacts.
Critics have said the board must ensure the compacts force schools to eliminate the achievement gap between white and minority students.