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  • April 08, 2014 9:04 AM | Deleted user

    On Thursday, March 6, 2014, the Oregon State Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) as the new Oregon 2014 Science Standards. The adoption includes the grade level middle school science standards sequence

    The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) created a new Oregon 2014 Science Standards webpage to support transition to implementation of the new science standards. On this page you will find the crosswalks for each grade level and for high school that detail the alignment between the Oregon 2014 Science Standards (NGSS) and the Oregon 2009 Science Standards. In addition, at the bottom of the webpage there are links to NGSS resources. ODE will add more resources as they become available.


    Cheryl Kleckner
    Education Specialist | Science Title IIB MSP

    Office of Learning | Instruction, Standards, Assessment, & Accountability Unit

    Oregon Department of Education | 255 Capitol Street NE | Salem, OR 97310

    Office: 503.947.5794 |Cell: 503.507.9037 |Fax: 503.378.5156cheryl.kleckner@state.or.us 


  • March 22, 2014 11:14 AM | Deleted user
    Last week, OSTA President-elect Bradford Hill was named the American Association of Physics Teachers winner of the 2014 Paul W. Zitzewitz Award for Excellence in Pre-College Physics Teaching.   This AAPT award is for communicating the excitement of physics to his students at Southridge High.

    Bradford was also mentioned as winning the 2013 OSTA Outstanding Science Teacher Award and is actively promoting the Oregon standards and and NGSS activities.  You can read his award bio at http://www.aapt.org/aboutaapt/BradfordHill_2014Zitzewitz.cfm

    Congratulations Bradford for winning this national recognition ! ! !

                                                Thank you for all that you do for science education! 
  • March 18, 2014 3:33 PM | Deleted user

    Have you ran across the name of Tony Vincent, a nationally knows Instructional Technology expert? 

    Anyhow, he posted a survey for any teacher that uses iPads in their classroom to complete, which will only a minute.  Just a four questions is all, like what app do you like the best.  For the final question in his survey on determining how many apps are on your iPad, go to Settings – General – About and find the answer.

    If you have time, click here to take his survey and pass this onto other staff members in your building that are using an iPad.


    Thanks for your time and enjoy the sunshine (if you are lucky enough to get some)!

  • March 12, 2014 10:01 AM | Deleted user

    ODE would like to update the science assessment web page with new student anchor papers for both Scientific Inquiry and Engineering Design at all benchmark levels and needs educators in the field to send in sample student papers. 

    Each student paper must have a signed student/parent permission release form.  Also, ODE asks that the educator fill out the Development of Science Anchor Papers form to give context of the task.  Please mail tasks with parent permission forms to:

    Rachel Aazzerah

    Office of Assessment and Information Systems

    Oregon Department of Education

    255 Capitol Street, NE

    Salem, OR 97310

    For additional information please contact Rachel Aazzerah via email at rachel.aazzerah@state.or.us or by phone at 503-947-5835.

  • March 12, 2014 9:59 AM | Deleted user

    Science Local Performance Assessment Clarifications

    In June 2008, the State Board of Education adopted OAR 581-022-0615: Assessment of Essential Skills.  This rule requires school districts and public charter schools to administer local performance assessments on an annual basis to all students in Grades 3 through 8 and once in high school in the following skill areas: Writing, Speaking, Mathematical Problem Solving, and Scientific Inquiry.  Local performance assessment in social sciences is optional.

    The purpose of this requirement is to ensure that Oregon students are afforded opportunities to learn and to receive feedback regarding their progress toward meeting specific state standards throughout their years in public schools.

    As for meeting the local performance assessment in Scientific Inquiry, there has been some confusion on whether or not Engineering Design work samples can “replace” Scientific Inquiry work samples in order fulfill this requirement.  Engineering Design work samples cannot currently replace Scientific Inquiry work samples in order to fulfill OAR 581-022-0615 local performance requirements.  If an Engineering Design local performance task can be scored in all four dimensions with the Scientific Inquiry scoring guide, this task is eligible to meet the assessment of essential skills requirement for Scientific Inquiry.  As stated earlier, this rule requires school districts and public charter schools to administer a work sample (local performance assessment) on an annual basis in Scientific Inquiry at Grades 3-8, and once during High School.  Students should still be completing Engineering Design work samples, because this content is part of the science content standards and will be assessed on the OAKS in Science.

    Official work sample scoring guides for all subjects can be found on the Oregon Department of Education website.  Scientific Inquiry work samples should be scored using the correct grade level Scientific Inquiry scoring guide (not the Scientific Inquiry/Engineering Design comparison scoring guide) and students should receive scores of 4 or higher in each dimension in order meet the standard.  For additional information please contact Rachel Aazzerah at rachel.aazzerah@state.or.us

  • March 11, 2014 11:40 AM | Deleted user
    St. Mary's School will have an AP physics/math opening after spring break.  Send inquiries to Jim Meyer  jmeyer@smschool.us.  Phone number is 541-773-7877.
  • March 10, 2014 11:36 PM | Deleted user
    We are looking for applicants for the earth science teaching award. The nomination form is simple and you can certainly nominate yourself. There are some great prizes and benefits...the applicants don't need to be full time earth science teachers...

    Ask Lynda Sanders (sandsciosta@charter.net) or Jodie Harnden (Jodie.harnden@pendleton.k12.or.us) if you have any questions!


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