The Office of Student Services supports all school districts, ESDs and early childhood special education programs by providing educational and technical assistance services.
The Office functions internally with several work centers, including: System Performance Review & Improvement, Regional Programs and Best Practices, Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education, Youth Corrections Education, LTCT/Hospital Education programs, School Health, and Safe & Drug Free Schools. ODE does fingerprint background checks for newly hired non-certified school district employees, charter schools, private schools and their contractors as authorized in ORS 326.603. The Pupil Transportation Section provides leadership in coordinating activities related to the transportation of pupils. Child Nutrition’s goal is to administer and provide leadership and assistance to sponsors of USDA food and nutrition programs to support the growth and development of Oregon's children so they will reach their highest potential for life-long learning, health and well-being.
Staff interacts across work center responsibilities and throughout the Department to pursue the mission and goals of the Department of Education as well as the performance goals of the Office.