Education Service Districts Transparency
The purpose of Oregon’s Education Service Districts is defined in Oregon law (Oregon Revised Statute ORS 334.005
). Education Service Districts originated in Oregon's first laws establishing a general system of common schools - a system that has maintained but changed the responsibilities and names of Oregon's mid-level education service entity.
Throughout the history of Oregon's regional services system, local governance and state statutes concerning the mission of ESDs has remained somewhat constant: "Education Service Districts assist school districts and the State of Oregon in achieving Oregon's education goals by providing equitable educational opportunities for all of Oregon’s public school students."
Each ESD provides regional services to its component school districts, primarily in areas that the school districts alone would not be able to adequately and equitably provide. Examples include high cost technology systems and children with severe disabilities who qualify under the category of high cost but low incidence. These services are basically offered within four large categories: Special Needs Children, School Improvement, Technology, and Administrative services.
Today, there are 19 ESDs
serving Oregon’s 36
Education service districts in Oregon are funded through multiple funding sources: Property taxes, state & federal contracts and grants, state timber receipts, and the State School Fund (SSF) formula.
ESD's General Fund, funding comes from a set amount per ADMw (Average Daily Membership weighted). This amount is made up of property taxes at a unique permanent tax rate. Other general fund sources are state timber tax receipts and the Oregon State School Funds (SSF).
Each ESD, by statute, must spend at least 90% of their total SSF funds directly on school district programs or services. The other 10% is allocated for the operation of the ESD.
- State contracts, such as Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education and Long-Term Care and Treatment programs, make up another portion of an ESD’s budget.
- In addition, school districts often contract with their ESD for additional services beyond what is provided in the Local Service Plan.
Reporting Schedule - ESD Revenue Data
The ESD Revenue data provided below is from audited financial statements that are received by the Department of Revenue (DOR) in December of each school year.
ESD Revenue Data Reports by Year
After these statements are received, it takes about 3-4 months for the DOR to review and validate the data, before it is submitted for posting on this website. The most recent data is provided in the following reports.
Questions: For additional information or questions about ESD Revenues and the reports provided above, email Brian Reeder, Oregon Department of Education. Data Viewer - Guidelines
Clicking on the Data Viewer links above will redirect you to the data.oregon.gov website and a wide range of tools for visualizing and downloading data, creating graphs and maps, and filtering data, etc.
Composite reports that include all 19 ESD's are provide below. This is a new feature that has been added to the Transparency Website this year. Each report is sorted by ESD name and covers the fiscal year of 2015 (July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015).
How to Access the Data
Click on the name of any ESD Expenditure, Salary, or Contract listings below. This will open up a new window and redirect you to the data.oregon.gov website, where you will be able to use a wide range of tools to
visualize and download data, or create graphs and maps, or filter data,
All ESD's: Composite Expenditures, Salary, & Contracts Information
For questions about ESD Expenditures
, or Workforce and Salary Information
in the table above, please use the following contact list. Oregon School Boards Association - List of ESDs
: What's included
Generally, the information contained in these ESD expenditure reports (i.e., cash transactions/ payments) was generated as follows:
- All payments for the fiscal year 2015 (July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2015) that were applied to an expense account.
- If applicable, payments to employees whose records are specifically
protected from disclosure based on a protective court order were
removed. Payments to all other employees are included.
These reports provide information on contracts and
amendments to contracts issued from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015. The
information was generated by each of the respective ESD
contract/ procurement systems.
The data files (reports) provided below contain
information regarding the ESDs' contracts for a variety of goods and/or
services. The amounts are estimates of the spend through these contracts,
not actural expenditure information.
These reports provide ESD Workforce and Salary Information from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015. The data available below contain
information regarding the ESDs' positions and salary information. In
general, the salary information in the files represent annualized
salaries of full time, part time, and if applicable, seasonal or
temporary employees. There are instances, however, where transparency of
information is enhanced by providing the actual salary paid to an
individual positon. An example of such a position is a substitute
However, it does not include payments for
benefits or vacation payout. This salary data may not reconcile to a
full-time annualized salary rate or actual wages paid. Reasons include
fluctuations in work effort, number of months worked in a year, and
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ESD's: Audit Reports, Local Service Plans, and Other Resources
Additional InformationAudit Reports
Oregon Secretary of State: Audits performed by the Oregon Secretary of State for Schools and ESDs are available through the following link.
Local Service Plans
What is a Local Service Plan? Each ESD, in partnership with their
component school districts, must annually develop a Local Service Plan
which determines how the State School Funds (SSF), will be used. Ninety
percent of the SSF revenue received by an ESD is subject to this
The Local Service Plan determines programs and services that the
ESD will offer its component districts for the following fiscal year.
The Plan must include services from at least the following categories:
The Plan must also include any "entrepreneurial services" that the
ESD intends to offer to any entity either outside of the ESD boundary or
inside the ESD boundary but not to a component school district.Under the Resolution Process, by March 1 of the preceding
year, at least two-thirds of the school district school boards in an
ESD, representing more than one-half of the student population, must
approve the Local Service Plan in order for it to be implemented.
For questions about ESD Audit Reports
, Local Service Plans
, or Other Resources
please contact the ESD using the following contact list. Oregon School Boards Association - List of ESDs
Click on the following link for more information about the history and formation of Education Service Districts (ESDs). ESD History
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