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Research, Analysis, Reports

This is the beginning of what we hope will grow to be a useful collection of links to studies, white papers, essays and other documents pertinent to Oregon education redesign. Some of these resources are also linked topically elsewhere in this site. We welcome suggestions and comments about the sources here or about others that we might add. Here’s our contact link.

Oregon Business Council Papers on Education Redesign

“Improve Outcomes Through Learner-Centered Education,” by the Oregon Learns staff at the Oregon Business Council for the 2016 Oregon Business Plan.
“Students at the Center: Moving Toward Oregon’s Vision for Education,” 2015, by the Oregon Learns staff at the Oregon Business Council for the 2015 Oregon Business Plan.
“Raising the Bar for PreK-20 Education in Oregon: 6 White Papers,”2008, by Joe Cortright, Jill Kirk, John Svicarovich, and John Tapogna for the Oregon Education Roundtable, an Oregon Business Council project.
“Oregon’s Prek-20 Education Enterprise: Rethinking the Budget Framework,” 2007, white paper by Nancy Heiligman, Ian McBane, and John Tapogna for the Oregon Department of Education.
“Oregon Learns: The Strategy to Get to 40-40-20,” August 2011, white paper by Curtis Johnson, John Tapogna, and Dave Yaden for LearnWorks, an Oregon Business Council project.
“Taking Promising High School Practices to Scale,” 2008, white paper by John Svicarovich for the Oregon Education Roundtable, an Oregon Business Council project.
“Proficiency-Based Instruction and Assessment,” 2009, white paper by John Svicarovich for the Oregon Education Roundtable, an Oregon Business Council project.


“A New Path for Oregon: System of Assessment to Empower Meaningful Student Learning,” February 2015, paper with recommendations by a task force of Oregon educators.

Community College Redesign

“Redesigning Community Colleges for Student Success: Overview of the Guided Pathways Approach,” by Davis Jenkins, Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University, Revised October 2014. Summarized from a more extensive treatment of community college redesign in the book Redesigning America’s Community Colleges: A Clearer Path to Student Success.

Early Learning

“Early Childhood and Family Investment Transition Report,” January, 2011. Prepared for Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber by the Early Childhood and Family Investment Transition Team, Pan Curtis and Lynne Saxton, co-chairs.

Education Funding in Oregon

“Quality Education Model”, Final Report, August 2016, Quality Education Commission report on Oregon education policy and funding needs.
“2015-17 Legislatively Adopted Budget, Detailed Analysis,” Education Program Area, pp. 2-40, Oregon Legislative Fiscal Office, October, 2015.
“Analysis of the 2013 Legislatively Adopted Budget,” Education Program Area, pp. 1-34, Oregon Legislative Fiscal Office, September, 2013.

Dual Language Learning

“The Astounding Effectiveness of Dual Language Education for All,” Virginia P. Collier and Wayne P. Thomas, George Mason University, 2004.

CTE and STEM Education

STEM Education Plan, by the Chief Education Office for the Oregon STEM Investment Council and Governor Kate Brown, December 2016.
Roles for Private Funders in CTE-STEM Education, research paper by Scott Nine on behalf of Oregon Learns for the Oregon Community Foundation, June 2016. This paper offers a scan of philanthropic investment in Oregon CTE and STEM education, as well as additional needs and potential investments.
“Time to Invest Seriously in STEM,” 2012, an Oregon Learns white paper by John Tapogna of ECONorthwest for the Oregon CTE-STEM Employer Coalition.

Student-Centered Learning

“Reaching the Tipping Point: Insights on Advancing Competency Education in New England”, by Chris Sturgis, October 2016, a CompetencyWorks report.
A Transformational Vision for Education in the U.S., 2015, by Education Reimagined, a project of Convergence Center for Policy Resolution, Washington, D.C.
“Innovation in Action: State Pathways for Advancing Student-Centered Learning” by Adriana Martinez and Jennifer Davis Poon,Council of Chief State School Officers, January 2015. Design principles, from the classroom to state policy, for engaging all students in learning, according them agency, and enabling them to succeed.
“Putting Students at the Center: a Reference Guide,” Jobs for the Future and the Nellie Mae Foundation. Defines the major tenets of student-centered learning that enable all students to master what they need to know and be able to do to succeed in college, careers, and civic life. See more at the Students at the Center website and at the Nellie Mae Foundation website section on student-centered approaches.
“Students at the Center FAQs & Definitions,” Jobs for the Future. Unpacks some of the terms and myths in student-centered learning.
“The Case Against Teaching” by Larry D. Spence. The best “teaching” unleashes the student’s innate motivation and capacity to learn.
Updating American Public Education: Keeping the Foundation—While Preparing for the Future, April 2016. Partnership for the Future of Learning, National Public Education Support Fund, Washington, D.C.

Value Returned on Education Attainment

“The Credential Differential: The Public Return to Increasing Postsecondary Credential Attainment,” April 2012. Heath Prince and Vickie Choitz for the Center for Postsecondary and Economic Success.
“A Matter of Degrees: The Effect of Educational Attainment on Regional Economic Prosperity,” February 2013, Ross C. DeVol, I-Ling Shen, Armen Bedroussain, and Nan Zhang for the Milken Institute.
“Higher Education Earnings Premium: Value, Variation, and Trends,” February 2014. Sandy Baum for the Urban Institute.CompetencyWorks_ReachingTheTippingPoint.pdf