Continuous Improvement Plans
is legislation that requires Oregon school districts to plan for strong school library programs as part of their district-level Continuous Improvement Plans
(CIP). The CIP due date for the 2020-21 school year has not been announced. The due date for 2019-20 was November 1, 2019.
- Districts must account for school libraries by responding to an open-ended question on the Supplemental Questions Worksheet:
What steps have been taken to ensure all students have access to strong school library programs?
- The Oregon Department of Education has not developed support materials related to the school library question. For a past iteration of the CIP process, they offered a document called Resources & Research for Oregon’s District
Improvement Indicators. Information on pages 101 – 105 lists and
provides context for the 2 formerly-required school library indicators.
addition, it could be helpful for districts to know how a strong school library
program is defined in the Oregon Administrative Rule for CIPs:
(l) “Strong school library program” means a planned effort to ensure the instruction of students, school staff, and the broader learning community in library skills, information literacy, and educational technology; such a program promotes a rich array of literacy experiences supporting life-long reading; facilitates collaboration in lesson planning and instruction; ensures equitable access to library resources and licensed school librarians; and develops and manages current, plentiful, and diverse library collections of print and electronic resources that support classroom curricula and student interests.
Division 22 & Compliance
- The administrative rule about school library programs is included because it is part of Division 22.
- If a district is not in compliance with a mandate, staff must indicate how they plan to achieve compliance.
- Districts must share compliance information with their board and the community by February 1, which includes posting their report on the district website by that date; districts must submit the assurance form to the Oregon Department of Education by February 15.
- Someone who disagrees with compliance information that a district submits must file a complaint at the district level; if that is not resolved, then a complaint may be initiated with the Oregon Department of Eduction.