Chapter 938 Oregon Laws 1999
Relating to education; creating new provisions; amending ORS 326.310 and 329.105; and declaring an emergency.
Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:
SECTION 1. ORS 329.105 is amended to read:
329.105. (1) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall collect data and produce annual school district and school [profiles] performance reports containing information on [demographics, student performance in schools, student access to educational opportunities and staff characteristics described in this chapter. In addition, school district profiles shall include a concise budget report of the school district, including revenue and expenditures of the district.] student performance, student behavior and school characteristics.
(2)(a) In consultation with representatives of parents, teachers, school district boards and school administrators, the State Board of Education shall adopt, by rule, criteria for grading schools. Such criteria shall take into account both overall performance and improvement in performance. The Superintendent of Public Instruction, based on the criteria adopted by the State Board of Education, shall assign a grade to each school for student performance, student behavior and school characteristics and also shall assign an overall grade to the school. The grades shall include classifications for exceptional performance, strong performance, satisfactory performance, low performance and unacceptable performance.
(b) The grades received by a school shall be included in the school district and school performance reports.
(c) If a school is within the low performance or unacceptable performance classification in any category, the school shall file a school improvement plan with the Superintendent of Public Instruction and with the school district board and the 21st Century Schools Council for the school.
[(2)] (3) The Superintendent of Public Instruction shall notify the public and the media by [September] January 30 of each year [as to the availability of] that school district and school [profiles] performance reports are available at schools and school [district] districts and at the Department of Education website and offices. The superintendent shall also include notice that copies of school and district [and school self-evaluations] improvement plans can be obtained from [the] school and school [districts] district offices. Each school district shall send a copy of the school district and applicable school performance reports to each parent of a child enrolled in a public school in the school district.
SECTION 2. The amendments to ORS 329.105 by section 1 of this 1999 Act shall apply to school district and school performance reports produced by the Superintendent of Public Instruction after the effective date of this 1999 Act.
SECTION 3. ORS 326.310 is amended to read:
326.310. Except as provided by ORS 326.041, 326.051, 326.375, 341.005, 341.015, 341.440, 341.455, 341.626, 341.655 and 341.933, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall exercise, under the direction of the State Board of Education, a general superintendence of school officers and the public schools. In carrying out the duties of office, the Superintendent of Public Instruction shall:
(1) Act as administrative officer of the State Board of Education.
(2) Act as executive head of the Department of Education and direct and supervise all activities of the department.
(3) Assist all district school boards, education service district boards and county school boards in answering questions concerning the proper administration of the school laws, the rules of the State Board of Education and the ministerial duties of school officers and teachers. The decision of the superintendent shall guide school officers and teachers in the performance of their duties relating to the matters decided. The superintendent may submit any question to the State Board of Education which shall then decide the question.
(4) Obtain and compile such statistical information relative to the condition and operation of the public schools as the superintendent or the state board may consider advisable for the advancement of education and for the information of the state board and the public.
(5) Appoint, subject to the State Personnel Relations Law and with the approval of the State Board of Education, such personnel as may be necessary for the performance of the duties of the office of the superintendent. The Superintendent of Public Instruction may designate one or more suitable persons to sign or countersign warrants, vouchers, certificates or other papers and documents requiring the signature of the superintendent.
(6) Administer and supervise adult education programs in the public elementary and secondary schools.
(7) Perform such other functions as may be necessary to the performance of the duties of the superintendent.
SECTION 4. This 1999 Act being necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, an emergency is declared to exist, and this 1999 Act takes effect on its passage.
Approved by the Governor August 16, 1999
Filed in the office of Secretary of State August 16, 1999
Effective date August 16, 1999