HOUSE COMMITTEE ON EDUCATION

 

 

February 05, 2003   Hearing Room E

1:00 PM Tapes  17 - 18

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:            Rep. Vic Backlund, Chair

Rep. Pat Farr, Vice-Chair

Rep. Elaine Hopson, Vice-Chair

Rep. Brad Avakian

Rep. Billy Dalto

Rep. Mary Nolan

Rep. Wayne Scott

 

STAFF PRESENT:                  Jim Keller, Committee Administrator

Jeana Harrington, Committee Assistant

 

ISSUES HEARD:        

                                                Informational Meeting

-Benchmarks with Bill Auty and Mardale Dunsworth, Oregon Department of Education (ODE)

-Revenue Options, School Funding, and Accountability with Superintendents Jim Schezinger and Dr. Jerry Wilson

 

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 17, A

004

Chair Backlund

Calls meeting to order at 1:05 PM. Welcomes colleagues and audience. Opens informational meeting on educational issues.

OPENS INFORMATIONAL MEETING

012

Bill Auty

Associate Superintendent Office of Assessment and Evaluation, Oregon Department of Education (ODE). Overviews academic standards in Oregon (EXHIBIT A).  Defines content standards. Defines benchmarks. Touches on standards development  

062

Rep. Hopson

Asks him to elucidate the development of standards.

067

Auty

Informs of the committee process by which the standards were established.

094

Chair Backlund

Asks how long the process took.

097

Auty

Answers about eighteen months just to create standards. Adds that testing took additional time.

101

Chair Backlund

Inquires if the process will be expedited by the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB).

103

Auty

Replies that is the expectation. Continues presentation. Refers to (EXHIBIT B) to explain test specifications and types of tests.

175

Rep. Hopson

Informs of the amount of complaints in the amt of time it takes with the current testing system. Asks if this is being furthered.

183

Auty

Describes the types of testing within the system. Says they have a testing system and that one third of schools are currently using (TESA). Adds they are not as far along in other areas.

208

Rep. Hopson

Clarifies intention of ‘constructed response’.

210

Auty

Answers, defining the term.

225

Rep. Hopson

Inquires if he believes that testing will be able to be scored with technology.

230

Auty

Concurs and adds that once the technology is developed it could be used in classrooms as well. Concludes.

242

Mardale Dunsworth

Director of Field Standards, ODE. Explains how Oregonians participate in the development of standards and assessments. Refers to (EXHIBIT C) to explain how ODE communicates with teachers.  Highlights the use of ODE resources for the benchmarks. 

338

Rep. Hopson

Asks what work is in progress to acquaint this with NCLB.

340

Auty

Replies that ODE is currently working to align benchmarks with NCLB. Adds that content assessments in reading and math have already been approved. States that NCLB does not require nor desire a national test.

380

Rep. Hopson

Asks the current assessments were discarded, that new benchmarks would need to be recreated in order to meet the NCLB federal mandate.

384

Auty

Affirms.

387

Rep. Avakian

Requests recommendations that would make implementation of the Certificate of Initial Mastery (CIM) and the Certificate of Advanced Mastery (CAM) easier to align with NCLB.

393

Dunsworth

States they are ahead of the game in regard to this.

400

Auty

Adds he believes the Legislature is helping in its support of CIM/CAM.

TAPE 18,A

003

Chair Backlund

Thanks them.

006

Jim Schezinger

Superintendent. Begins presentation on school accountability (EXHIBIT D).  Describes student success. States that schools have always failed students, and adds that the today the difference is people care about this. Explains how schools are held accountable. Outlines the goals of school accountability. Comments on Oregon with regard to achievement. Gives opinion on accountability costs and priorities. Notes his findings with regard to school districts and funding. Calls attention to the relevance of statewide student information systems.        

209

Dr. Jerry Wilson

Superintendent, Hermiston School District.  Provides history in education.  Reflects on his experiences on the advisory council. Provides information (EXHIBIT E). Urges them to focus on certain issues as legislators. Discusses local versus state control concerning schools. Discusses federal versus state control concerning resources. Comments on the CIM/CAM requirements. States his belief that Oregon has one of the best assessment system’s in the nation.        

TAPE 17,B

004

Wilson

Continues. Describes local option concerning revenue. Discusees state equity.

032

Rep. Avakian

Clarifies if it is his belief that current local options create an inequity and asks what should be done.

034

Wilson

States there is potential for inequity and a system to counter that with equalization should be created. Differentiates between local options.

047

Wilson

Continues. States we have a quality sys just need means to support it.

070

Rep. Farr

Clarifies an issues concerning Oregon’s rank of forty-seven in tax burden.

072

Schezinger

Explains this figure.

089

Chair Backlund

States they are hearing much frustration about portfolios and requests their comments on this.

095

Wilson

Believes a portfolio is a collection of evidence approached by each district in a different way. States the management of portfolios is difficult and time consuming. 

120

Schezinger

Agrees with Wilson and adds that the purpose of the portfolios needs to be considered. Adds that integrating them into the program is also and issue.

136

Rep. Avakian

Asks question regarding portfolios and their role in assessment of students.

139

Wilson

Believes the chief role is to see if a better piece can be achieved. Explains this reasoning and problems that would occur with the integration of technology.

159

Schezinger

States the goal of the portfolio is to help a child achieve and explains this philosophy in regard to the role of the assessment.

197

Rep. Avakian

Comments on portfolios. Voices concern with the importance of a portfolio. Requests if this is the best way to assess development.

210

Wilson

States he believes it is. Describes the types of pieces in portfolios. Reiterates they are used differently.

230

Chair Backlund

Thanks them. Closes informational meeting. Adjourns meeting at 3:03 PM.

 

EXHIBIT SUMMARY

 

A – Informational, presentation, Bill Auty, 6 p

B – Informational, CIM Test Specifications, Bill Auty, 4 p

C – Informational, Newspaper, Bill Auty, oversized exhibit

D – Informational, School Accountability, Jim Schezinger, 2 p

E – Informational, Outline, Jerry Wilson, 2 p