The Office of Research, Accountability, Data, Assessment, and Reporting (RADAR), oversees the Department's research plan and related data justice initiatives, as well as the federal assessment and accountability requirements present in the current iteration of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. The office collects, validates, and reports data for educational research, policymaking, and operations. Ensuring security of confidential data and personally identifiable student information is a function of the office.
The office has a primary charge of supporting the analytical and data needs of other ODE offices, the legislature and the Governor's Office. The office also responds to data requests and supports the Quality Education Commission. The team is also responsible for ODE's assessment and accountability work, which includes the development, calculation and reporting of information related to the state's K-12 education assessment and accountability systems. The work of this office impacts local school districts, education service districts, professional associations, and other agencies involved in education programs in kindergarten through post-secondary education.
The purpose of this program is to carry out the mission and goals of the Board of Education and the Department. As stated in the mission, the Oregon Department of Education fosters equity and excellence for every learner through collaboration with educators, partners, and communities. This office supports the agency mission by responding to legislative and media inquiries; providing information and assistance to education partners, state and federal agencies, local school districts, and community, business and educational organizations. It assists as a liaison with community groups, and in public relations and public information regarding Department policies.