Epic Steps Issue 1 – September 2015

VALLEY HIGH IS REDEFINING ITS CULTURE It’s hard to forget the early 90’s Canon television commercials featuring a mullet­ haired Andre Agassi repeating the slogan, “image is everything.” While we at Epic School Partnerships may not agree that it’s “everything,” perceptions do play an important role in the effectiveness of schools. Schools that fail to…

Official Launch of the Epic School Partnerships Network!

On Thursday, August 13, 2015, Epic School Partnerships (ESP) officially launched the ESP Network. In partnership with the Salem-Keizer Public Schools, ESP facilitated a two-day institute with seven high school leadership teams.   During the sessions, the leadership teams worked together to clarify their vision for their schools and to determine how to best implement…

Improve Education Through Arts and Creativity

Ross Anderson, senior lead researcher at EPIC, penned an article for Eugene’s Register-Guard about ArtCore, a new arts education program to be implemented in five Lane County Schools, through a partnership between EPIC, Lane Arts Council, the Springfield Public Schools, and others. This article originally appeared in the Register Guard but has since been archived:…

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme: Examining College Readiness Final Report

This three-phase study explored the effect of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme on college readiness by examining the academic and non-academic preparation of students who participated in IB Diploma Programmes in high school. The study compared college readiness data collected from two groups of students who matriculated to the Robert D. Clark Honors College…

EPIC Newsletter – January 2014

Sign up for our newsletter on the Contact Us page. In our last newsletter we talked about the importance of persistence, one of the metacognitive learning skills necessary for students to make a successful transition to college or career. It’s now several weeks into the New Year…are you persisting in your resolutions, both personal and…

ODE Career and Technical Education Professional Development and Formative Performance Assessments Final Report

In the winter and spring of 2012-2013 the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) partnered with representatives from the Office of Secondary/Postsecondary Transitions at Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Oregon Department of Community Colleges Workforce Development (CCWD) to guide secondary and postsecondary instructors in the development and implementation of formative performance assessments. The instructors…

Oregon ELPA Standards Verification Technical Report

In November of 2012 and February of 2013, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) held two workshops to conduct the English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) performance standards verification using the bookmark procedure (Cizek & Bunch, 2007; Kane, 1994; Mitzel, Lewis, Patz, & Green, 2001).  To set the bookmarks, ODE recruited a diverse set of participants…

Oregon Science Standards Verification Technical Report Cover Page

Oregon Science Standards Verification Technical Report

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) conducted an achievement standards verification process for the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills for Science on July 19-21, 2011, using the empirically-based Bookmark Procedure to recommend achievement standards for Grades 5, 8, and high school. This document summarizes the resulting recommendations. The recommended achievement standards will be reviewed…

Oregon Reading Standards Verification Technical Report Cover Page

Oregon Reading Standards Verification Technical Report

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) conducted an achievement standards verification process for the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills for Reading on January 19-21, 2011. The research-based Bookmark Procedure was used to recommend achievement standards (cut scores) for Grades 3–8 and high school. ODE contracted with the Educational Policy Improvement Center (EPIC) to serve…