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The Early Learning System in Oregon has three primary focus areas: ensuring that young Oregonians are prepared to succeed in Kindergarten; ensuring family stability; and integrating resources and supports into a coordinated system that most effectively supports families and students.
It is critical that students come to school prepared to learn, making early learning a fundamental component of our education continuum. We know that when children come to school with a few important skills (letters, sounds, counting, skills like listening and following directions) they are much more successful as they enter school. This advantage stays with students for years to come, and they are more successful at all future levels of school.
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) provides leadership for Oregon’s K-12 schools including curriculum, instruction, school improvement efforts, and the statewide assessment system. The Department’s priorities include solid and sustainable school funding, ensuring students are ready for school through strong early-childhood programs, closing systemic gaps between students, supporting school and district leadership, and improving the efficiency of the agency.
In partnership with other education agencies, the department will play a significant role in helping to ensure that the state meets identified priority targets proven to keep students on track to high school graduation, college and career. Specifically, ODE helps ensure students: come ready to learn in Kindergarten; are reading at grade level in third grade; are on track with attendance and credits in ninth grade; and successfully graduate high school.
The Youth Development Council was developed with an understanding that, despite existing initiatives to align systems and policies in support of students, there are youth who encounter various forms of adversity throughout their lives. This adversity is at times so significant it creates real and detrimental barriers to education and workforce success. To help youth get back on the path to high school graduation, college and/or career, the legislature created the Youth Development Division.
The Youth Development Division is tasked with supporting the education system by developing state policy and administering funding to support community and school-based youth development programs, services, and initiatives for youth ages 6-24.
The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) is a 14-member, volunteer board and agency dedicated to fostering and sustaining the best, most rewarding pathways to opportunity and success for all Oregonians through an accessible, affordable and coordinated network for educational achievement beyond a high school diploma. HECC also collaborates with the Oregon Employment Department through the Office of Workforce Investments, which focuses on employment opportunities, skill attainment and work-related training.
Oregon’s higher education system serves hundreds of thousands of students at its 7 public universities, 17 public community colleges, private and independent colleges and universities, and private career and trade schools.
The Teacher Standards and Practices Commission is the oldest educator standards board in the nation. Seventeen volunteer members appointed by the Governor oversee educator: licensure; preparation and professional conduct.
The Commission’s mission is: To establish, uphold and enforce professional standards of excellence and communicate those standards to the public and educators for the benefit of Oregon’s students. The Commission has a staff of 24 FTE, issues approximately 20,000 licenses a year, approves 18 educator preparation programs and conducts over 200 investigations a year.
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