Last updated 6/13/15
Smarter Balanced Testing – Not as bad as feared, but still time-consuming
Initial principal reports are that the testing went more smoothly than feared, but it was still a big job. Possible that the Oregon legislature will pass a bill (HB2655) allowing more opt-outs, which might cause loss of federal funds for non-compliance, but we’ll see what happens. No test results yet, and not likely to be any until the Fall.
Techquity SW - Technology equity in SWNI-area schools
Save the date: Wednesday, November 18, 6:30 to 8:30 PM for our Techquity SW community-wide event at Jackson Middle School. Our last committee meeting of the year was May 21, but techquity event planning continues throughout the summer.
We had a special planning meeting on June 18, where the format of the November event was firmed up, but there is still a lot to be done before November.
Interviews with principals at all 11 public schools in the SWNI area are still being done, and we have also interviewed principals at a sample of private schools in the area for comparison. Because of extra-busy school schedules in May, we finished interviews in June, not May, with results of our review coming out by the end of June. We are raising$560 more to make up for the short-funding of our small grant application for the Techquity event in the Fall.
As of press time in mid-June, the District Boundary Review Advisory Committee (D-BRAC) still had not reported to the School Board, so we still don’t know what
Results of the Growth, Values and Equity Survey, called PPS 2025, are posted on the PPS Boundary Review web page and our own swni.org/schools page.
Timeline for other activities: In Fall, 2015 there will be a dozen or more community meetings on the proposed changes, which may be in place for the 2016-17 school year (but don’t hold your breath!). For more, go to our swni.org/schools website and click on the Enrollment and Boundary Review link at the left side of the screen.
Have a good summer!
First Meeting of the School Year: Thursday, September 17, 2015, 7 to 9 PM at Room 4, Multnomah Center 7688 SW Capitol Hwy at 31st.