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About Teaching With Purpose

Teaching With Purpose works tirelessly at the intersection of equity and education, with a special focus on addressing the needs of children and families in Portland, Oregon and abroad. 

Teaching with Purpose have been pushing Culturally Responsive Practice for a few years now.

We still have far to go until every educator is intentional about equity in education.

Over the past few months, my team and I have been working hard drafting a bill that will help our educational system and activate equity.

Legislative Concept

2. Legislative Concept
Recommended Amendment (Pending approval)
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The Opportunity

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and affords States greater flexibility for innovation and high quality education, while maintaining a focus on equity and accountability. ESSA creates opportunities for States to design accountability systems that provide a more comprehensive picture of student outcomes and opportunities to learn.

The lack of multicultural education limits learning and perpetuates inequities in and outside the classroom. Oregon has equity policies, but they don't have any accountability. Policy is designed to protect us. We have a very short window of opportunity to build a strong case to set up an accountability system that has the potential to give our community a voice.

ESSA creates opportunities for States to design accountability systems that provide a more comprehensive picture of student outcomes and opportunities to learn.

There is flexibility in measures of accountability within these two indicators only:

(1) Academic Indicators: These include State tests, student growth or other statewide academic indicators, graduation rates for high schools, and English language proficiency.

(2) Measure of School Quality and Student Success: This will include at least one indicator determined by the State, e.g. student engagement, access to advanced coursework, and school climate.

Our Recommendation:

We want Oregon Department of Education to install an Equity Index Accountability Indicator using current Oregon equity laws as an equity index.

Oregon's Equity Laws (not limited to this list)

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HB 4033 (16) Advancing Culturally Responsive Practice

HB 2016 (15) African American/Black Student Plan & AI/AN State Plan

HB 2655 (15) Student Assessment Bill of Rights

HB 3375 (15) More Diverse Teachers

HB 2192 (13) School Discipline

SB 739 (13) Multicultural Perspective in Oregon Studies

SB 290 (11) Teacher Evaluation (No Equity Lens)

SB 103 (99) Multicultural Education in curriculum

Take Action

Encourage the Oregon Department of Education to install an "Equity Index" as an Accountability Indicator using Oregon equity laws by emailing ESSA.Oregon@state.or.us

The Why

Oregon has equity policies, but they don't have any accountability. Policy is designed to protect us. We must set up an accountability system that has the potential to give our community a voice. The lack of multicultural education limits learning and perpetuates inequities in and outside the classroom.

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