PPS votes to delay using Common Core testing for teacher accountability

PPS votes to delay using Common Core testing for teacher accountability
Portland Public Schools board.

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Portland Public Schools board on Tuesday night voted to delay holding teachers and schools accountable for Common Core test results.

Although Common Core testing would start for Portland Public Schools students this year, the  decision means teachers would not be held accountable for the scores yet.

Student test scores would still count but only for state school report cards. The district voted to join a dozen districts in southern Oregon also asking the state to not use those scores in teacher evaluations this year.

The district will ask the state to delay implementing the scores for one year.

A spokeswoman for the state Department of Education said the agency believes the tests still need to happen because the old tests don't go with current curriculum.

Portland school board member Ruth Adkins believes this delay is what's best for teachers and students.

“We want it to count in the sense we want to have a better test,” she said. “We want something that actually is more responsive to how students actually learn – it isn’t just multiple choice. So that’s the potential.”

The state Department of Education said those 12 districts in southern Oregon also asking for the delay also doesn’t want the scores to factor into state report cards next year.

A spokeswoman from the state Department of Education said the state asked the feds for permission to grant delays from school districts back on May 1. It’s still waiting to hear back.