Wow -- Direct Access to Achievement is celebrating its seventh year! If you are curious about the program, we invite you to read our latest "Year in Review." The document contains information about where the initiative has been, what it has accomplished in the last year, where you can find specific resources, and what's going on this year. Click on the image to download. Reports from previous years are available under the Reports menu at left > Year in Review.
Seven districts in Oregon have been chosen to receive additional coaching and resource support through Direct Access to Achievement to help their PLC/data teams implement the Common Core State Standards and teacher effectiveness initiatives. They are: Clackamas School District, High Desert ESD, La Grande School District, South Lane School District, Region 18 ESD, and Salem-Keizer School District. The plans developed by these districts/ESDs complement the action plans for CCSS implementation developed by the six Oregon DATA Project regions in the state. These plans are posted online HERE.
The last of three Data Retreats sponsored by ODE's Direct Access to Achievement took place Oct. 28-29 in Coos Bay. The two-day sessions presented the concepts and tools administrators and teachers need to create and support highly effective PLCs/data teams. Workshop costs were covered by Direct Access to Achievement, which is supported by a federal Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) grant. Trainers were practicing professionals from Oregon school districts, large and small, across the state. All three retreats filled up immediately, with 100-170 educators attending at each site. The first two Data Retreats were in Eugene and Portland.
- To download retreat materials, visit this page.
- If you attended the Eugene retreat, please complete the participant survey here.
- If you attended the Portland retreat, please complete the participant survey here.
- If you attended the Coos Bay retreat, please complete the participant survey here.
We would like to invite you to participate in Direct Access to Achievement's annual webinar series -- three powerful sessions that you won't want to miss. The first webinar, "Initiative Integration: Getting the Most Out of CCSS and Educator Effectiveness," took place Oct. 30; a recording of the session is available on THIS PAGE. Details on the remaining two webinars are below. Click HERE for connection information.
About 500 educators from across Oregon came together recently to share success stories, learn from peers, plan with school teams, and hear from national experts in the field of assessment and student learning. The annual ODE/COSA Summer Assessment Institute, on Aug. 1-2, featured 52 workshops and keynote addresses by national leaders, including national literacy consultant Mary Ehrenworth, the director of math for Smarter Balanced, Shelbi Cole, and well-known author Timothy Kanold.
More than 100 teachers from throughout Oregon have completed a training in classroom assessment through the Direct Access to Achievement Project. The Embedded Formative Classroom Assessment training was developed by project volunteers in response to requests from the field for strategies on how to embed engaging formative assessment in regular classroom instruction. Trainers are Carol Middleton and Linda Vanderford of Clackamas ESD. Comments from participants included these: “Practical and timely. I can use in my classroom this week,” and “It was valuable to learn how to break down the standard and focus on small aspects of the standard.” For more information, including access to all of the resources presented during the training, see the Events & training > Classroom assessment menu at left, or send us an email.
The Oregon DATA Project was recently featured in a lengthy article by EDUCAUSE Online. The best way to read the interactive article is online, by clicking HERE. You may also download a hard copy by clicking on the attachment link below.
The Direct Access to Achievement Project has been featured in several national publications recently. An article in Governing magazine, "States Lead Effort to Utilize Data in Education," mentions Oregon as a state taking "great strides" in the push toward harnessing data to improve instruction and policy. Read the entire article HERE. In Converge, a national educational technology magazine, writer Tanya Roscorla explores the project in depth, talking to state officials as well as participants in the DATA Project at the ESD and district level. Click here to read the article.
A recording is now available of a national webinar featuring the Oregon DATA Project and two participating districts, Redmond and Oregon City, where creating a culture for data use is taking hold. The webinar was held as part of a series by the School Turnaround Learning Community on "Using Data for Effective Turnaround." To listen to the 90-minute session, click HERE.
The Oregon Department of Education has had several opportunities lately to contribute to the resources available to states receiving Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems (SLDS) grants from the Institute of Education Sciences.