"The Student Success Act marks a turning point for education in Oregon. We can finally invest in an education system that will ensure every single student in our state is on a path to realizing their dreams for the future. What we have come together to do over the past few months will be felt by students, teachers and schools for years to come."
Governor Kate Brown, July 1, 2019
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Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3427, the Student Success Act, into law on May 20, 2019. This law aims to correct three decades of underinvestment in our schools and our children and includes sweeping provisions for new and improved services for children and families.
It carries significant investments in early learning, existing programs and new efforts to bring Oregon within reach of funding schools at the Quality Education Model level for the first time since the inception of the Quality Education Commission in 2001. This could include adding instructional time, providing mental and behavioral health supports, reducing class size, implementing a more well-rounded education, fully funding High School Success (Measure 98), school safety improvements and more.
The information on this page and its links are intended to be your best source for information on implementation of the Student Success Act. The webpage is still under construction and will be updated.
How Does the Student Success Act Work?
Equity is the driving vision behind this legislation. The measure makes historic investments in programs to support historically underserved students. When fully implemented, the measure is expected to generate an approximately $2 billion investment in education which will go into the Fund for Student Success. From that money, $200 million goes directly into the State School Fund for additional support to districts. The rest is distributed as outlined below. Click on each fund name for more information on what that money is used for.
Why Is This Work Important?
In her 2019 Inaugural address, Governor Kate Brown said, "At one time, every Oregonian was proud of our education system. It was a promise that if you chose to put down roots in Oregon, your children would receive a world-class education and have the opportunity to achieve their dreams. But over the past couple of decades, we have failed to deliver on that promise. We have failed our students of color and we have left rural Oregon behind."
The Student Success Act aims to ensure that every child in Oregon graduate with a plan for their future.
How Will We Measure Success?
ODE will work with districts to identify performance growth targets. These can include graduation and completion rates, 9th Grade On-Track performance, 3rd grade reading proficiency rates, Regular Attender rates and other applicable local metrics. Each district will have to complete a Needs Assessment and create a plan for implementing the Student Investment Account funds. There will also be local and state level transparency and accountability.