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Office of Enhancing Student Opportunities

About Us

The Office of Enhancing Student Opportunities (OESO) supports educational facilities (schools, school districts, Educational Service Districts (ESDs), Long Term Care Treatment Centers (LTCT), etc.) by providing educational and technical assistance services for Special Education Programs and Federal Title Programs (ESEA/ESSA).

The Office is comprised of numerous hard-working teams and work centers:

  • Special Education: Special Education staff within ODE has the primary responsibility for assuring that young children and students with disabilities receive an appropriate education program in the least restrictive environment. This happens through collaboration with families, districts, agencies, and programs to ensure quality services.
  • Special Education General Supervision: This section manages general supervision statewide of the Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004).
  • Early Intervention & Early Childhood Special Education: The Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education Unit contracts with local agencies to provide a statewide system of free services for young children with developmental delays and disabilities and their families.
  • IDEA Compliance and District Resources: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) web pages offer information relevant to state administration, dispute resolution and complaint management, technical assistance, leadership services, and IDEA grant management.
  • Regional Programs/Best Practices: These services are state-supported programs serving toddlers, children and youth who require unique and individualized special education and regular education programs.
  • Education Programs & Secondary Transition: State-supported systems that provide direct services to Oregon’s programs, districts, and schools such as Secondary Transition for Students with Disabilities, Youth Corrections/Juvenile Detention Education Programs, Long Term Care and Treatment Education Programs, Transition Technical Assistance Network, Medicaid in Education.
  • Data, Grants, Operations, and Management: These services focus on Special Education Reports and Data and Federal Title Program Data Collections and Compliance.
  • Systems Performance Review & Improvement (SPR&I): This system is a continuous improvement monitoring process focused on improving student outcomes.
  • Oregon School for the Deaf: The Oregon School for the Deaf is a community that fosters lifelong learning, encouraging individuals to become self-fulfilled, productive citizens.
  • Federal Title Programs (ESEA/ESSA): Information and resources for Oregon’s federal grants under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the Every Student Succeeds act (ESSA).

Assistant Superintendent
Jennifer Patterson, Interim Assistant Superintendent, Oregon Department of Education.


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