ERIC Number: ED408673
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr-28
Reference Count: N/A
To Lead Education Reform: An Appraisal of the Oregon Department of Education. No. 97-37.
Oregon Secretary of State, Salem. Audits Div.
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) operates under two main statutory charges: to administer state and federal programs, and to serve as the state's lead agent in implementing the Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century. This report presents the results of a contracted program evaluation of the ODE. Data were collected through document analysis; site visits; a telephone survey of 312 local education officials; and interviews with a total of 150 state-level policymakers, ODE officials, representatives of state agencies and interest groups, district and school administrators, and teachers. The study evaluated ODE on the basis of the kinds of activities most commonly carried out by state departments of education in an era of standards-based reform--leadership, capacity building, research and analysis, communication, and monitoring and enforcement. The report concludes that ODE has worked diligently to make progress in implementing the Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century, but that a midcourse correction is needed to keep the reform on track. Specifically, the ODE needs to assume a more activist leadership role. With regard to the supervision, management, and control of schools, ODE has not adequately adjusted to the demands of a new policy environment for public education in Oregon, particularly in terms of how it monitors school finance. The report offers 14 recommendations. Appendices contain a description of evaluation methodology, an annotated bibliography of 18 sources, and a list of exceptions to compliance with generally accepted government auditing standards. (LMI)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon Secretary of State, Salem. Audits Div.