HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

 

 

January 17, 2003   Hearing Room E

1:00 PM     Tapes  1 - 2

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Vic Backlund, Chair

Rep. Pat Farr, Vice-Chair

Rep. Brad Avakian

Rep. Billy Dalto

Rep. Mary Nolan

Rep. Wayne Scott

 

MEMBER EXCUSED:             Rep. Elaine Hopson, Vice-Chair

 

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Jim Keller, Committee Administrator

Jeana Harrington, Committee Assistant

 

ISSUES HEARD: Organization Meeting – Adoption of Committee Rules

                                                Informational Meeting – Oregon Department of Education.

                                               

These minutes are in compliance with Senate and House Rules.  Only text enclosed in quotation marks reports a speaker’s exact words.  For complete contents, please refer to the tapes.

 

TAPE/#

Speaker

Comments

TAPE 1, A

005

Chair Backlund

Calls meeting to order at 1:04 PM. Opens an organizational meeting and asks for questions on Committee Rules (EXHIBIT A).

ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING

012

Rep. Avakian

MOTION:  Moves to ADOPT the proposed Committee

                    Rules dated 01/17/03.

013

 

VOTE:  6-0-2

EXCUSED:  2 - Dalto, Hopson

 

Chair Backlund

Hearing no objection, declares the motion CARRIED.

014

Chair Backlund

Welcomes members to introduce themselves. 

019

Rep. Nolan

Introduces herself. Provides legislative history. Comments on education.

031

Rep. Scott

Introduces himself. Comments on education

040

Rep. Farr

Introduces himself. Offers political history.

056

Rep. Dalto

Introduces himself. Gives perspective on education.

074

Rep. Avakian

Introduces himself. Informs of his relationship with education in Oregon.

086

Chair Backlund

Speaks for the excused Representative Hopson and her feelings on education in Oregon. Introduces himself. Provides legislative history. Pronounces his enthusiasm pertaining to the chairmanship. 

097

Jim Keller

Introduces himself as Committee Administrator. Provides political history.

108

Jeana Harrington

Introduces herself as Committee Assistant.

109

Cindy Hunt

Legislative Council. Introduces herself and staff.

111

Chair Backlund

Overviews procedural issues. Informs of pro-education rally on Capitol steps will delay Monday’s meeting to 1:15 PM.  Touches on voting, meeting protocol, importance of questioning and discussion. Gives thoughts on contentious issues and on partisanship. Announces that upcoming meetings will be informational. States that there will be a rolling voting log.  Closes organizational meeting and opens informational meeting.

INFORMATIONAL MEETING

181

Pat Burk

Deputy Superintendent, Oregon Department of Education (ODE). Introduces his colleague, Bill Auty. States his honor in presenting. Conveys message on the seriousness of the issue of education in Oregon. States his desire to establish a positive working relationship with the committee on various items relating to education, and his availability in doing so. Offers a brief overview of presentation (EXHIBIT B).

230

Burk

Presents history of legislative role in public education in Oregon “A Nation at Risk”.

290

Burk

Continues presentation: How we improve our standards.

315

Burk

Continues presentation: Oregon education goals. References ORS 329.035 and the “No Child Left Behind” Act.

372

Burk

Presents research on high-performing schools and their characteristics.

TAPE 2, A

004

Burk

Continues to present research.

021

Bill Auty

Associate Superintendent of Assessment and Evaluation (ODE). Comments on evolution of high education standards in Oregon based in assessments and the adaptability of the system. Begins overview of the Oregon’s Assessment System

195

Burk

Hopes for Oregon education in the realm of proficiency, content, and accomplishments. States belief in progress of Oregon education and standards. Gives statistics on Oregon educational achievements including testing. Begins overview of Oregon Diploma.

151

Chair Backlund

Inquires about the percentage of Oregon high-school seniors taking the Student Achievement Test (SAT) and American College Test (ACT).

152

Burk

Confirms statistic. Continues with presentation.

167

Rep. Farr

Asks question concerning the change of standards in benchmarks.

168

Burk

Explains adjustments in content and thus adjustment in standards.

175

Rep. Farr

Comments on adjustment.

176

Burk

Points out that if there is any change would be a more rigorous one.

180

Rep. Dalto

Poses question concerning the development of standards.

182

Burk

Identifies the agents responsible in that development.

233

Chair Backlund

Remarks positively on the statistics. Inquires about changes to the testing and their affect on statistics.

238

Auty

Replies relating to the focus of the testing and responds negatively.

252

Burk

States that we have not yet met our goals.  Refers to chart in (EXHIBIT B). Elaborates on the gap in achievement relating to minority and lower income students.

280

Rep. Dalto

Inquires about the progress in closing that gap.

282

Burk

Responds about the progress.

294

Auty

Continues to answer the question posed by Rep Dalto.

313

Burk

Explains demographics charted in (EXHIBIT B).

324

Burk

Provides overview of Superintendent Castillo’s priorities.

358

Burk

Defines six key policy issues.

387

Burk

States regret the Rep. Hopson could not be present due to her achievements in this area. Continues presentation.

423

Chair Backlund

Elaborates on present topic of presentation regarding the Special Education Task Force. Concurs with Burk’s statement on Hopson’s good work as part of the task force. Begins discussion on mandates and regulations and their application to the present day.

465

Burk

Agrees on critical nature of this conversation.

TAPE 1, B

002

Burk

Summarizes presentation. Defers to Nancy Heiligman.

024

Nancy Heiligman

Office of School Finance, Data & Analysis (ODE). Explains Quality Education Commission and the role of its model in Oregon education.

055

Heiligman

Identifies the purpose of QEC model.

073

Heiligman

Explains QEC prototype schools.

112

Heiligman

Outlines QEC recommendation for student performance.

130

Heiligman

Highlights QEC implementation priorities.

139

Heiligman

States QEC concern for funding of quality education.

150

Chair Backlund

Asks whether information is based on the Governor’s projected budget.

152

Heiligman

Affirms.

163

Heiligman

Uses funding history to explain why the gap between current school funding and the funding needed is growing. Refers to graph model (EXHIBIT B).

186

Heiligman

Points out major cost drivers.

208

Rep. Farr

Poses question on the redefinition of the special education and ESL category in relation to the statistics.

210

Heiligman

Comments on the change with regard to increases in the number and in the severity of illness in students. Compares fully implemented QEC model and state-appropriated model.

239

Rep. Nolan

Requests clarification of Oregon school fund budget for 2003.

243

Heiligman

Gives the amount, $4.93 Billion.

246

Chair Backlund

Comment on this amount.

249

Rep. Nolan

Questions if amount is contingent on the passage of Measure 28.

253

Heiligman

Affirms.

254

Heiligman

Provides QEC recommendations for the future. Begins summation.

303

Pat Burk

Submits final comments.

306

Chair Backlund

Thanks the presenters.

314

Susan Castillo

Superintendent of Public Instruction (ODE). Presents herself. Greets the committee. Offers to provide the committee with any information that will be helpful to them.

321

Chair Backlund

Thanks Castillo for her presence at the meeting.

326

Chair Backlund

Closes informational meeting. Adjourn the meeting at 2:23 PM.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Committee Rules, Staff, 2 p.

B –  Informational, presentation, Pat Burk, Bill Auty, Nancy Heiligman, 15 p.