Douglas County, Oregon
In 2013, IRRE was contacted by Anne Kubisch, new President of The Ford Family Foundation in Roseburg, Oregon. She was looking for effective strategies to engage public education stakeholders in productive conversations around improving education quality in their rural communities.
IRRE suggested reaching out to these rural educators and offering support to get new and deeper looks at their students’ and teachers’ accomplishments and challenges. Eight school districts stepped forward to have IRRE’s Measuring What Matters team have access to their students’ results, gather survey data from students and teachers, and send trained IRRE staff into their classrooms to look at key elements of instructional quality. The focus of these efforts was on understanding not evaluating their work.
Today, educational leaders and practitioners alike value the credibility and usefulness of the IRRE-provided results to help them better identify strengths and opportunities for improvement, establish targets for growth and evaluate progress.
Along with other outside partners, these districts use what students and teachers are saying about key elements of their experience to prioritize and focus their improvement efforts. They also use IRRE’s interactive reports of student outcomes to identify groups of students who share common profiles of strengths and challenges to focus the right supports on the right students in a timely fashion.