The Oregon Education Investment Board is a group of 12 people appointed by Governor Kitzhaber to field and decide education policy for the state of Oregon.
What is the OEIB's charge?
Senate Bill 909 in 2011 created the board and outlined specific charges:
- Developing an education investment strategy to improve defined learning outcomes from early childhood through public schools, colleges and universities.
- Hiring a Chief Education Officer to oversee the unified public education system.
- Establishing a statewide student database, from early childhood through higher education, that encourages accountability for outcomes, and provides better information for policy-makers, educators, students and their families to ensure progress along the entire educational path.
- Establishing an Early Learning Council to streamline and strengthen early childhood services to at-risk youth to ensure all children are ready to learn when they enter kindergarten.
- Reporting back to the Oregon Legislature, on progress and legislation for 2012.
How to contact the OEIB directly: Education.Investment@state.or.us
What is an Achievement Compact?
According the OEIB website: Under 2012's Senate Bill 1581, the Oregon Education Investment Board will enter into achievement compacts with every K-12 school district, education service district, community college, the university system and individual university, and Oregon Health Sciences University.
These two-way partnership agreements challenge educators across Oregon to set targets on key student outcomes and encourage broad collaboration to adopt tranformational practices, policies and budgets to help students achieve the educational outcomes valued by Oregonians.
Oregon Save Our Schools have had great concerns over the development of Achievement Compacts in that they measure success by test scores, and are concerned that districts will be funded based on whether a district meets said goals or not. Furthermore, Dr. Rudy Crew has created a state vs. local control debate as to why a state leader can make local districts change their own Achievement Compacts.