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Office of educational equity oregon department of education
Office of Educational EquityOregon Department of Education

Educational equity and school improvement are mutually inclusive goals. Excellence cannot exist without equitable experiences and results for all students. While educators make many efforts to "level the playing field" for all students, we know that some groups of students do not experience equal learning opportunities and do not achieve at the academic and citizenship levels necessary. Such groups of students include: children and youth who are female or male (depending on the academic subject), immigrants, ethnic minorities, American Indians, the migrant or homeless, the neglected or delinquent, the students who are improving their Academic English proficiency, individuals with disabilities, and children and youth who live in high poverty areas. This session will provide an opportunity to challenge major assumptions and reach the underpinnings of our educational pedagogy.

Ideas that work at the state level 2013
Ideas that Work at the State Level 2013

Brutal Facts: The National Picture

Historical Opportunity: The National Discourse and The State Discourse of the Needed Pedagogical Work

Office of Educational Equity: Access, Excellence & Social Justice

Humility and Will

David Bautista, Assistant Superintendent

Office of Educational Equity


Historical opportunity
Historical Opportunity



Being Passionate about our Work

Diversity access equity and learning
Diversity, Access, Equity and Learning

Principle One: Learning is a Complex Process

Principle Two: Learning Needs to be Understood Within the Sociopolitical Context of Education

Principle Three: Educational Reform Needs to be Based on Access and Equity for All Students

Principle Four: The Nature of Teacher-Student Relationships is Central to Student Learning

The equity commission of excellence
The Equity Commission of Excellence

“The situation is dire, the agenda urgent. From parent associations to Capitol Hill, from classroom teachers to the White House—there is work to be done and passion to be spent by all of us who appreciate the stakes for our children and for the nation’s future. If we fail in this work, we will forfeit our position of economic and moral leadership. We will risk the future of our people and of America as we know it.”

The courage to act
The Courage to Act

“Our system does not distribute opportunity equitable. Our leaders decry but tolerate disparities in student outcomes that are not only unfair, but socially and economically dangerous. Our nation’s state commitments to academic excellence are often eloquent but, without more, an insufficient response to challenges at home and globally.”

The Equity Commission of Excellence

February 2, 2013

Office of educational equity oregon department of education
Commission’s report provides a five-part framework of tightly interrelated recommendations to guide policymaking:

Equitable School Finance systems so that a child’s critical opportunities are not a function of his or her zip code;

Teachers, Principals and Curricula effective enough to provide children with the opportunity to thrive in a changing world;

Early Childhood Education with an academic focus, to narrow the disparities in readiness when kids reach kindergarten;

Mitigating Poverty’s Effects with broad access not only to early childhood education, but also to a range of support services necessary to promote student success and family engagement in school; effective measures to improve outcomes for student groups especially likely to be left behind—including English-language learners, children in Indian country or isolated rural areas, children with special education needs, and those involved in the child welfare or juvenile justice systems; and

Accountability and Governance reforms to make clearer who is responsible for what, attach consequences to performance, and ensure that national commitments to equity and excellence are reflected in results on the ground, not just in speeches during campaigns.

Historical opportunity1
Historical Opportunity

  • Governor’s 40/40/20

  • Education focus on “0 to 20”

  • Strategic Plans:

    • Oregon Department of Education

    • Statewide ELL Plan

    • Equity Lens

  • Deputy Superintendent Appointed

  • Legislature attention to the education demands

Oregon the state of education
Oregon: The State of Education

Age 25 and Older

28.9% of Oregonians hold a Bachelors degree or more

26.7% hold a 1-year certificate or Associates degree

11.1% of Oregonians do not hold a high school diploma

All oregon
All Oregon

10% Advanced Degree

18% Bachelors Degree

35% Some College/Associates

25% High School Graduate

11% Less than High School

Sub group


11% Advanced Degree

20% Bachelors

36% Some College/Associates

25% High School Graduate

8% Less than High School

Sub group1

Black-African American

10% Advanced Degree

14% Bachelors Degree

42% Some College/Associates

20% High School Graduate

15% Less than High School

Sub group2


3% Advanced Degree

8% Bachelors Degree

23% Some College/Associates

22% High School Graduate

44% Less than High School

Sub group3

Asian/Pacific Islander

20% Advanced Degree

23% Bachelors

23% Some College/Associates

18% High School Graduate

15% Less than High School

Sub group4

American Indian/Alaska Native

3% Advanced Degree

11% Bachelors

49% Some College/Associates

24% High School Graduate

13% Less than High School

The case for equity
The Case for Equity

Equity requires the intentional examination of systemic policies and practices that, even if they have the appearance of fairness, may in effect serve to marginalize some and perpetuate disparities.

Equity lens
Equity Lens

The primary focus of the equity lens is on race and ethnicity. While there continues to be a deep commitment to many other areas of the opportunity gap, we know that a focus on race by everyone connected to the educational milieu allows direct improvements in the other areas. We also know that race and ethnicity continue to compound disparity. We are committed to explicitly identifying disparities in education outcomes for the purpose of targeting areas for action, intervention and investment.


We believe that everyone has the ability to learn and that we have an ethical responsibility and a moral responsibility to ensure an education system that provides optimal learning environments that lead students to be prepared for their individual futures.

We believe that speaking a language other than English is an asset and that our education system must celebrate and enhance this ability alongside appropriate and culturally responsive support for English as a second language.


We believe students receiving special education services are an integral part of our educational responsibility and we must welcome the opportunity to be inclusive, make appropriate accommodations, and celebrate their assets. We must directly address the over-representation of children of color in special education and the under-representation in “talented and gifted.”


We believe that the students who have previously been described as at risk, underperforming, under-represented, or minority actually represent Oregon’s best opportunity to improve overall educational outcomes. We have many counties in rural and urban communities that already have populations of color that make up the majority. Our ability to meet the needs of this increasingly diverse population is a critical strategy for us to successfully reach our 40/40/20 goals.

Office of educational equity oregon department of education

We believe that intentional and proven practices must be implemented to return out of school youth to the appropriate educational setting. We recognize that this will require us to challenge and change our current educational setting to be more culturally responsive, safe, and responsive to the significant number of elementary, middle, and high school students who are currently out of school. We must make our schools safe for every learner.

We believe that ending disparities and gaps in achievement begin in the delivery of quality Early Learner programs and appropriate parent engagement and support. This is not simply an expansion of services -- it is a recognition that we need to provide services in a way that best meets the needs of our most diverse segment of the population, 0-5 year olds and their families.

Office of educational equity oregon department of education

We believe that resource allocation demonstrates our priorities and our values and that we demonstrate our priorities and our commitment to rural communities, communities of color, English language learners, and out of school youth in the ways we allocate resources and make educational investments.

We believe that communities, parents, teachers, and community-based organizations have unique and important solutions to improving outcomes for our students and educational systems. Our work will only be successful if we are able to truly partner with the community, engage with respect, authentically listen -- and have the courage to share decision making, control, and resources.

Office of educational equity oregon department of education

We believe every learner should have access to information about a broad array of career/job opportunities and apprenticeships that will show them multiple paths to employment yielding family-wage incomes, without diminishing the responsibility to ensure that each learner is prepared with the requisite skills to make choices for their future.

We believe that our community colleges and university systems have a critical role in serving our diverse populations, rural communities, English language learners and students with disabilities. Our institutions of higher education, and the P-20 system, will truly offer the best educational experience when their campus faculty, staff and students reflect this state, its growing diversity and the ability for all of these populations to be educationally successful and ultimately employed.

Office of educational equity oregon department of education

We believe the rich history and culture of learners is a source of pride and an asset to embrace and celebrate.

And, we believe in the importance of supporting great teaching. Research is clear that “teachers are among the most powerful influences in (student) learning.” An equitable education system requires providing teachers with the tools and support to meet the needs of each student.


I used to think…

Now, I think…