Oregon Pre-engineering &
Applied Sciences Initiative

Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Advocacy

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This page provides references, data, and presentations useful for explaining what PLTW is, why OPAS cares, and what we and others are doing to promote PLTW in Oregon


Project Lead The Way (PLTW) is driven by a national non-profit organization that provides infrastructure such as curriculum development, assessments, and teacher professional development to create and support engineering education in high school and middle school.

All students can benefit from the academic rigor of PLTW's standards-based curriculum and practice critical and analytical thinking and problem-solving in a project-based, open-ended environment. In most schools, PLTW is part of a Career and Technical Education (CTE) program preparing students for further education and careers.

PLTW is currently ramping up in Oregon with 14 schools expected to offer PLTW courses in the fall of 2008.

OPAS believes that PLTW, done well, provides a research-based and documented method to recruit more students to engineering and applied science college programs and careers. It also gives all students a more engaging and relevant context for and a deeper understanding of math, science, technology, and design -- important 21st century skills.

What's been Added Lately?

April 21, 2010 - added several documents concerning correlation of PLTW to Oregon standards here

April 20, 2010 - PLTW Branding Intro presentation here

September 16, 2009 - memo asking districts to use PLTW course-specific NCES codes linked here

May 21, 2009 - Spreadsheets by State of PLTW Students registered with TrueOutcomes, the evaluator for national PLTW, see "PLTW and Accountability" linked here.

January 14, 2009 - Annual Report for the 2007-2008 Academic Year reporting results nationwide, see "PLTW and Accountability" linked here.

December 31, 2008 - press release describing the newly specified preferred color 3D printer, the Z450 includes a link to an on-line grant application in the "PLTW Nuts and Bolts" linked here.

On October 10, 2008, the all-state in-service day, a PLTW conference is planned. The flier is available here.

September 11, 2008: Equipment and Supply lists as distributed at the 2007 STI; these are very comprehensive, down to pencils and paper so do NOT glance at the totals and give up. See "PLTW Nuts and Bolts" in the table below. Also added the link to the video of the PLTW student project: cell phone car starter.

On August 5,2008 the OPAS Initiative coordinated a presentation at the ODE/COSA Superintendent Summer Institute on PLTW and its usefulness in meeting literacy, numeracy, and essential skill requirements of the new Oregon high school diploma. Materials are linked here.

On January 22, 2008, the OPAS Prepare Workgroup hosted a worksession to better inform themselves and others about Project Lead The Way. Judith D'Amico, PLTW Director for State and Corporate Relations, Western Region, presented. Materials and notes are linked here.

On March 5, 2009, added a list of current/planned programs for Fall 2009, based on STI attendance/signups.

What is Project Lead the Way (PLTW) and How Does It Play Out in Oregon?

What is Project Lead The Way (PLTW)? Project Lead the Way (PLTW) in Oregon
PLTW and Career and Technical Education (CTE) Oregon's PLTW University Affiliate - OIT
PLTW presentations & blurbs:
  • Tim (44 pg ppt)
  • Abbreviated ppt - in process
  • Issue brief - in process
  • National brochures
  • PLTW Brand Intro, 2009 - pdf
Oregon's PLTW Advocates
PLTW and Accountability
  • Nationally normed tests
  • Schools accepting PLTW for college credit - in process
  • Evaluation 2006-2007 (72 pg pdf)
  • PLTW Students Registered with TrueOutcomes (evaluation contractor for PLTW) 2009, by state -- xls
  • SREB Research Brief 2007 - Project Lead the Way Works - pdf
  • SREB Research Brief 2009 - Next Step for Career Technical Programs pdf

Standards in Other States

  • Wisconsin Standards & PLTW - pdf
Funding PLTW in Oregon

Accountability in Oregon

  • Sep 2009 - Using NCES codes for PLTW - pdf

Oregon Standards

  • Pre-2009 GTT - Math -- pdf
  • Pre-2009 PLTW - Science -- pdf
  • Pre-2009 PLTW - Math -- pdf
  • Post-2009 IED & POE - pdf


PLTW and Equity Opportunities to help PLTW in Oregon
PLTW Nuts and Bolts
  • Pedagogy
  • Designer's view includes standards referenced: Pre-Engineering Curriculum slideshow
  • Computer Science and PLTW - pdf
  • Example Lesson Materials - pdf
  • Costs as distributed STI 2007
    • Intro to Engineering Design - pdf
    • Principles of Engineering - pdf
    • Digital Electronics - pdf
    • Computer Integrated Manufacturing - pdf
  • Preferred Color 3D printer Z450 - pdf
    • link to grant application (Dec 2008)
Oregon's Statewide Articulation Agreements


Pacific Northwest Student Showcase

  • POE Marble Sorter paper - pdf

Worksession Materials (from January 22, 2008):

OPAS Worksession Participant's Packet:

Other materials cited:

OPAS Presenters' Slides - pdfs Post Worksession Meeting Record - pdf
Judy's Slides & Materials  


Materials for the Superintendent's Summer Institute, August 5, 2008 page

Conference Flier for All-State In-service Day 2008 PLTW Conference - pdf


For questions or information regarding these committees, please email Jo Oshiro or call (503) 821.1139.