Public to get detailed insider view of certain Oregon schools

“Public to get detailed insider view of certain Oregon schools”
April 11, 2014
Betsy Hammond, The Oregonian

When results of a massive survey of Oregon teachers are released late next month, the public will get a detailed look at what really happens inside most of the state’s schools, as reported by the school’s teachers and administrators.

But parents and taxpayers won’t get that kind of peek into Clackamas High, West Linn High, Portland’s Jefferson High and other schools where most teachers did not take part.

Survey results, where available, should provide an eye-opening view into how teachers work; how they view their principals, co-workers and their students’ parents; the equipment and materials they are provided to use in class; and the factors, if any, that prevent them from doing a good job.

Educators were given the opportunity to anonymously tell survey-givers how things really operate inside their school, including how strongly they agree or disagree that:

- Class sizes are reasonable so that teachers can meet the needs of all students

- Teachers have sufficient access to instructional technology

- Parents are influential decision-makers at the school

- School administrators consistently enforce rules for student conduct

- Teachers are held to high professional standards for delivering instruction

If a majority of teachers took part in the survey—something that didn’t happen in 38 percent of Oregon schools—results will be made public.

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Westview High, where this 2010 math class took place, is one of the largest schools in Oregon where teachers will give the public an unprecedented look at how the school operates and what isn’t working, as they see it.
The Oregonian / 2010

Among the biggest schools for which Oregonians will be able to view survey results:

- Westview, Aloha, Southridge, Sunset and Beaverton high schools, in the Beaverton school district

- Tualatin High, but not Tigard High, in the Tigard-Tualatin district. Fifty percent of Tualatin High teachers took part but only 46 percent of Tigard High’s did.

- All seven neighborhood high school in Portland Public Schools (Franklin, Lincoln, Cleveland, Grant, Madison, Wilson and Roosevelt) plus districtwide magnet Benson High—but not Jefferson High, where only 42 percent of teachers took the survey.

- McKay, McNary and North Salem high schools, all in Salem-Keizer

—All four Hillsboro high schools, Century, Glencoe, Liberty and Hillsboro

- Barlow and Gresham high schools

- David Douglas High

- Reynolds High

- Oregon City High

Other large schools for which the public will not be able to see teachers’ insider views, because fewer than half of teachers answered the survey include:
- Clackamas High (46 percent completed the survey)

- Forest Grove High (18 percent)

- South Eugene High (19 percent)

- West Linn High (45 percent)

Sherwood High, with 72 teachers, was the largest metro-area school where 100 percent of eligible faculty members completed the survey.

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