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Summer Programs under SSA

The Student Success Act directs the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to make summer program grants available to schools that:

  • Are considered high poverty under Title I-A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act;
  • Have significant achievement gaps; and
  • Have been determined by ODE to require additional supports and interventions based on school performance.

The Student Success Act requires that programs funded by this grant to provide at least 60 hours of direct academic instruction by a teacher licensed under ORS 342.125 or by an instructional assistant, as defined in ORS 342.120.

If you have questions not covered by the FAQ below, please email Holly Tucker or Raquel Gwynn.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: When are SSA Summer Program grants available?
For the initial cohort of grantees, SSA Summer Program grants are awarded annually for 3 summers (2020, 2021, 2022). After that, cohorts are eligible for two summers of funding. Annual renewal is based on compliance with program requirements and progress in implementing the program goals and activities.

Q: Is there a minimum time requirement for summer services?
Yes. Schools are required to provide at least 60 hours of Direct Academic Instruction scheduled over at least 3 weeks. Please note there are other program requirements in OAR 581-017-0630* (*subject to Rule adoption on February 20, 2020).

Q: When can we hold a summer program?
Schools may hold summer programs any time between the close of the regular school term and the beginning of the next regular term during summer months.​

Q: What is the purpose of SSA Summer Program grants?
The purpose of the SSA Summer Program is to establish summer learning programs for students who are at risk for summer learning loss and to help close opportunity gaps. The services provided in SSA Summer Programs focus on helping children in Title 1-A eligible schools to succeed academically through the application of at least 60 hours of Direct Academic Instruction.

Q: I just found out my school is eligible for an SSA Summer Program! What do I do next?
To accept or decline funds, the district must submit the Funding Acceptance Form no later than Friday, February 28, 2020.

  1. If a school district has multiple eligible schools, the district must submit a form for each school.
  2. By accepting the award, the school will remain eligible for the remaining two years (2021 and 2022). By declining this award for Summer 2020, the school will also be declining funds for the remaining two years of the cohort.

Mark your Calendars! ODE staff will host an informational webinar on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. to learn more about the program and next steps.

Q: What if I have more questions?​

  1. ODE staff will host an informational webinar on Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 1:00 PM. to learn more about the program and next steps.
  2. Email Raquel Gwynn (or call her at 503-947-5785) or email Holly Tucker​ (or call her at 503-378-6807).

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