Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and affords states greater flexibility. The new law extends the promise of an excellent, well-rounded education to every student, regardless of race, family income, home language, or disability. ESSA encourages schools and educators to innovate and create systems that address local needs. As a part of this work, the Oregon Department of Education remains committed to designing a State Plan that reflects the state’s education priorities.
Final ESSA State Plan submitted May 3 to the U.S. Department of Education
Key Principles Guiding the Work
- Designing a collaborative plan that will improve both teaching and learning and student achievement in Oregon
- Improving student outcomes and boosting graduation rates
- Closing the state’s achievement and opportunity gaps and having a state plan founded on educational equity
- High-quality instruction and educational leadership; every student should be taught by an effective teacher and every school led by a strong and effective leader
- Leverage effective strategies to prepare all students for success in the workplace and college
ESSA State Plan Development
As Oregon assembles a plan for federal review, it will apply the following lenses:
- EQUITY: Does it support equitable outcomes and learning opportunities for all of Oregon’s students?
- ALIGNMENT AND COHERENCE:
- Does it align with Oregon’s vision, values, and goals?
- Does it align with other parts of the state plan?
- FEASIBILITY: Does it reflect state and local capacity to support implementation (human, organizational, fiscal)?
- EFFICIENCY: Does it streamline processes where possible, avoids creating unnecessary burdens and duplicative systems or processes?
On Dec. 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a long-awaited overhaul of federal education law. Passed with bipartisan support, ESSA represents a shift from broad federal oversight of primary and secondary education to greater flexibility and decision making at the state and local levels.
December 2016 Draft Framework and Summary
- Draft Framework of Oregon’s ESSA State Plan (Please see the revised draft State Plan for Public Comment above)
- Summary of Draft Framework