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.

Schools:
29 schools in 8 districts

Goal:

Improve student outcomes by providing school and district leaders with new insights into their student performance and student and teacher survey data to guide improvement initiatives.

Timeframe:
Beginning third year in Fall 2017

Gerry Washburn, Superintendent, Roseburg Public Schools
When leading a school/change improvement process having an independent 3rd party gathering data and offering perspectives is invaluable. While the data may present hard truths there is never the push back that somehow the data was manipulated to arrive at a result. The majority of our staff have embraced the findings and are working hard to address the issues raised. We have a long way to go, but this process has us much further down the road than we would have been without it.