CFA training held in Roseburg

Douglas ESD is hosting its second annual Common Formative Assessment training Feb. 21-22 in Roseburg. The two-day seminar will help participants improve their assessment literacy, as well as provide them with some valuable tools to take home: a first-draft Common Formative Assessment (CFA); familiarity with tools and techniques that improve CFA quality; and an appreciation of  how the CFA process improves instruction for all students. The cost is $50 per participant–free to districts served by Douglas ESD. Register by Feb. 10 by clicking HERE. To download the flier, click HERE.

Converge magazine features DATA Project

Jan. 24 webinar examines evaluation findings

Updated Jan. 10
The Direct Access to Achievement (DATA) Project is sponsoring a webinar on Tuesday, Jan. 24, that will talk about findings of the Oregon DATA Project evaluation. The webinar, from 2 to 3:30 p.m., will be conducted by Denise Airola of Responsive Education Services and is open to all. This webinar is one of six scheduled this school year, on topics ranging from advanced data team skills to the Oregon Diploma. The webinars are sponsored by the Oregon DATA Project, and presented by participants in the project. The Oregon DATA Project evaluation uncovered areas of strength in best practices and use of data, and it uncovered some surprising areas of concern. This session will review important concepts in best practices and use of data in these areas of concern. In addition, this session will address best practices in use of OAKS data, from analysis to desired adult action for follow-up to analysis. Click HERE  for connection information and a downloadable schedule.  

Sessions certify 60 trainers

Updated Oct. 24
More than 60 teachers and administrators gathered in Portland on Oct. 24 and 25 to participate in the Direct Access to Achievement Project’s two-day certification session. A similar session in the Medford area earlier in the month drew 50 educators from Southern Oregon. Attendees participated in an online study group course to prepare for the training. Participants who successfully complete the two-day course become certified trainers for the Oregon DATA Project, enabling them to support the work of data teams in their district. The Oregon DATA Project has certified more than 400 trainers through the rigorous training. 

Webinar features Oregon districts

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.

Assessment Institute draws 550

Updated Aug. 10
Today’s elementary students will retire around the year 2065 — what will prepare them for a world we cannot imagine? The bottom line, says Dr. Rick Stiggins, is that all students must become lifelong learners. Stiggins, president of Assessment Training Institute in Portland, served as keynote speaker for the 2011 ODE/COSA Oregon Summer Assessment Institute in Eugene.

The Institute, which opened Wednesday, Aug. 3, drew about 550 educators from throughout the state for its three-day run. “We have districts here that came over in a bus so their entire administrative team could attend,” said ODE’s Mickey Garrison in her welcoming remarks. “They worked all the way up and they’ll work all the way home, too–that’s dedication!”Read more

Coaching session polishes skills

Updated Aug. 2
More than 30 people attended the Direct Access to Achievement-sponsored session for coaches on Tuesday, Aug. 1, in Eugene. “Working to Stop What Stops the Work,” conducted by Patty Parnell of Linn-Benton-Lincoln ESD, served as a pre-session for the annual Summer Assessment Institute, which begins Wednesday, Aug. 3.

On Tuesday afternoon, Rachel Wente-Chaney of High Desert ESD conducted a hands-on training for the DATA Project’s Toolkit for Accountability, a Google-based suite of accountability tools. A team from the U.S. Department of Education was on hand to meet coaches and hear first hand about the effects of the Oregon DATA Project, which is funded by a federal grant.

Oregon contributes to SLDS resources

Posted July 15
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.Read more

Kansas team visits Oregon

Posted July 15
ODE recently hosted a three-member team from the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) who came to Oregon to learn about the Direct Access to Achievement Project. Under their SLDS grant, Kansas is embarking on a data use training initiative similar to Oregon’s to educate and empower educators to use data to improve instruction. “We are huge supporters of the Oregon DATA Project and feel fortunate to be able to work directly with Mickey Garrison and her colleagues,” says Kateri Grillot, senior trainer for KSDE. “We were specifically interested to learn how the project was constructed and modified over time to meet the needs of educators.” During their two-day visit on July 13-14, the Kansas team met at ODE to discuss data issues, talk to Oregon DATA Project personnel, and develop a 100-day plan of action to take back with them. The visit is courtesy of the Personnel Exchange Network, a U.S. Department of Education-sponsored program that provides travel funds so organizations can share knowledge about education data issues.