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Due to the change in the year of accountability, all students must now take their high school statewide assessment by 11th grade or their 3rd year in High School.
Students who took and met or exceeded the alternate achievement standard on the statewide Extended Assessment in 10th grade (last year) will not need to retake the Extended Assessment this year. However, any students who did not meet the alternate achievement assessment standard in 10th grade will need to take the assessment again this year in their 11th grade year in order to be counted as participants for accountability purposes. For students with IEPs, any decision to retest (or to consider retesting) will require revisiting the student’s IEP to ensure the IEP team’s decision has been adequately recorded.

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The Oregon Department of Education has launched a newly redesigned home page with enhanced search options. The enhancements are designed to increase the functionality of the website and better represent the mission of ODE. Learn more about the changes to the home page below:

Personalization
Visitors to the website can personalize the homepage by selecting a group – student, parent, teacher, administrator, reporter or other (default). The homepage will highlight resources and links specifically relevant for each group so that you can more easily access key information.

New Features
The home page will still feature ODE news, but news announcements and press releases have been combined into one news tab. In addition there will now be tabs for popular (most visited) and recent (new or updated) pages and links. This will allow you to quickly browse popular pages or find out what new information has been added to the site. A rotating banner at the top of the page will highlight current hot topics. And a carousel on the right will highlight key applications and web pages for your group.

Search
The Search feature has been enhanced to allow you to more easily access information on the ODE website. The new search will allow you to select the type of results you will see, limit the timeframe for results, and see ODE contacts and topic pages related to your search.

Coming Soon
In the coming months, ODE will roll out a new way to view, access, and search data on the ODE website. Stay tuned for more information on Data Visualization on the ODE website.

How Do I Find…?
We understand that change can be hard, and in redesigning the home page, many of the links you are familiar with may have been moved or reorganized. The following are tips to help you navigate to your favorite pages.
· Look under Topics (under ODE logo at top left). The information that used to be in the menu on the left is now in the Topics drop down.
· Refer to the abbreviate site map at the bottom of the page for key ODE offices and topics.
· When in doubt use the Search.

Feedback
What do you think of the new site? In a few weeks, ODE will post a survey and give you an opportunity to share your feedback on what works well and what needs improvement. ODE greatly appreciates your feedback and suggestions as they continue to improve the site to better meet your needs.

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In recognition of the importance of sustainability to our economy, society, and the health of our environment, and in support of sustainability education efforts around the state, Governor Kulongoski designated the week of November 8-12 as Sustainability Education Week. In his proclamation, the Governor wrote, “Sustainability education helps students learn skills, perspectives, and values that can guide, motivate and enable them to seek sustainable livelihoods, participate in the green economy, fully participate in a democratic society, and live in a sustainable manner; and young people benefit academically and personally from expanded opportunities to engage in sustainability education.”

Want to learn more about sustainability education and sustainability in our schools? Visit the Sustainable Oregon Schools Initiative website for more information on Sustainable Education Week, a list of sustainability education organizations around the state, sustainability education newsletters, and a wealth of other resources.

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Governor Kulongoski signed HB 2061 into law on April 1st. This law is a technical fix that waives the increased graduation credit requirements for some students. The increased graduation requirements were passed by the 2005 Legislature and set to go into effect July 1, 2009. These requirements are one additional English credit (for a total of 4) and one additional mathematics credit (for a total of 3). This waiver applies only to students who began ninth grade during the 2005-2006 school year, and were enrolled in school consecutively during the 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years and who will receive their diploma prior to July 1, 2010. This law is binding and has immediate effect. OAR 581-022-1130, which outlines the diploma implementation timeline, will be revised in June to reflect the change.

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The Digital Bookmobile is a community outreach vehicle for public libraries to promote downloadable eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video. Developed inside a 74-foot, 18-wheel tractor-trailer, the nationally touring vehicle is a high-tech update of the traditional bookmobile that has served communities for decades.

The Digital Bookmobile creates an engaging download experience around the host library’s digital media collection and ‘Virtual Branch’ download website. The vehicle is equipped with broadband Internet-connected PCs, high-definition monitors, premium sound systems, and a variety of portable media players. Interactive computer stations give visitors an opportunity to search the digital media collection, use supported mobile devices, and sample eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video from the library.

The Digital Bookmobile is hosted by individual public libraries in support of their download services and is operated by OverDrive, Inc. To see if your public library offers download books and more, visit the Digital Media Locator.
The Digital Bookmobile is coming to Oregon!
May 12 – Eugene
May 13 – Corvallis
May 14 – Beaverton

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Health Insurance


Kaiser Permanente, in partnership with schools and the Multnomah Education Service District, is offering free health insurance to grade K-6 children attending Multnomah County public schools. The insurance is free – there is no premium – but families must pay a small co-pay for office visits and prescriptions. Once enrolled, children are covered through age 19 if they remain in school. To qualify, children must meet three main requirements:
* Attend school – Children must attend a public school in Multnomah County. Charter schools and publicly funded alternative programs also qualify.
* Grades K-6 – To enroll, children must be in grades K-6. Siblings can also be covered if they are age 3 or older (through 12th grade).
* Income – Families must earn 250 percent or less of the federal poverty level. For a family of four, this is about $4,600 per month, or $53,000 per year.
Kaiser offers the insurance as part of its community benefit program, which, among other goals, seeks to expand access to medical care for the uninsured. About 4,000 children already are covered through this no-premium plan; Kaiser and MESD want to double enrollment by the end of the year. In addition to the Kaiser insurance, the Oregon Health Plan offers low-cost health insurance to children from families that earn up to 185 percent of the federal poverty level. According to the latest census data, 107,000 Oregon children – about one in nine – lacked health insurance in 2005-07, the latest period for which data are available. For questions about the Kaiser program or the Oregon Health Plan, or to enroll, contact MESD: 503-257-1732, speterso@mesd.k12.or.us.

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This is the first opportunity in a year for individuals and families to apply for small grants through the Fairview Community Housing Trust Fund. The grants are for adults and children with developmental disabilities in “non-licensed” homes to receive funds to increase their safety and independence while at home.

The Trust is accepting applications between April 15th and May 15th 2009.

Application and procedures for the Trust are located at http://dhsforms.hr.state.or.us/forms/databases/FMPRO

or

http://dhsforms.hr.state.or.us/forms/databases/FMPRO?-db=FormTbl.fp5&-lay=Main&-format=Findforms_FMP.htm&-findany

Enter form number 2414 and hit search.

If the first web address doesn’t work, try the second.

Forms numbers are 2414 for the application and 2414P for procedures.

There have been changes made in both forms so please be sure to let people know they need to use the new application and read the revised procedures before applying.

If you have questions please contact;

Peter Straton, Trust Fund Housing Specialist
e-mail: PSTRATON@DHS.STATE.OR.US
Phone: 503-378-3971

or

Diana Buell
e-mail: diana.buell@state.or.us
Phone: 503-945-9822

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