Thursday, June 4, 2015

Underachieving Oregon: 3 states whose schools beat Oregon's (and how they did it)

June 4th, 2015

Public schools in three states -- Massachusetts, Indiana and Washington -- stand out for producing far better results than those in Oregon, an analysis by The Oregonian/OregonLive found.
Their experiences offer instructive examples of how a state can position itself to deliver the best possible outcomes for its young people and its economy.
Most of the key steps they took are strikingly similar: They set high academic standards, wrote rigorous tests and instituted meaningful consequences for schools and students. They provided strong, sustained political leadership in the face of pushback, enlisting crucial help from business and higher education. They did so in the mid-1990s, when state academic standards were novel, and they aimed for intellectual richness and complexity, not just the basics.
The Oregonian/OregonLive focused on those states' accomplishments because each is a star performer among states that spend similar amounts per student.

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