Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and affords states greater flexibility. The new law extends the promise of an excellent, well-rounded education to every student, regardless of race, family income, home language, or disability. ESSA encourages schools and educators to innovate and create systems that address local needs. As a part of this work, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) remains committed to designing a State Plan that reflects the state’s education priorities.
Oregon's State Plan
Implementation planning for Oregon’s State Plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) will continue to include the ongoing engagement of stakeholders across the state. Starting in Spring 2017 and extending into the 2017-18 school year, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) will:
- Convene stakeholders to help redesign the school report card
- Develop criteria and a process to select a nationally recognized assessment for high schools; and
- Revise the Oregon Framework for Educator Evaluations.
Report Card Redesign
The purpose of redesigning Oregon’s Report Card is to ensure families and community members have meaningful and actionable information about their local schools and districts. The report card will share data that illustrates a school’s strengths and areas for improvement.
Under Oregon’s ESSA accountability and support model, school improvement will take an approach that:
- Recognizes individual schools as part of a larger district system. Moving forward, districts will be the point of contact for identified schools.
- Differentiates supports to ensure our students and schools most in need prioritize improvement efforts and make steady progress. ODE and district leaders will use local data and local context to engage in a needs assessment process aimed at improving the selection of improvement priorities. Districts will leverage local stakeholder input and local data to develop and vet priority-driven plans.
- Shares responsibility and accountability for the success of students in all of Oregon’s schools. Establishing a partnership between ODE and districts ensures ODE provides relevant and timely supports designed to meet needs within each local context.
Understanding School Identification under Oregon’s ESSA Accountability Model
Identification of CSI and TSI schools takes a holistic approach by looking at multiple data points called indicators. Those indicators include:
- Chronic Absenteeism
- English Language Arts (ELA)/Math Achievement
- ELA/Math Growth
- English Learner (EL) Progress towards Proficiency
- 9th Grade-on-Track
- 4-Year Graduation
- 5-Year Completion
Under the new model, each indicator will be ranked by levels (1-5). Level 3 represents the state average. Schools identified for Comprehensive and Targeted Supports for Improvement are defined as:
- CSI – Any Title I school with a Level 1 in at least half of the rated indicators and any high school with a four-year graduation rate below 67%.
- TSI – Any school with a specific group of students with a Level 1 in at least half of the rated indicators, which include the four-year graduation rate and five-year completer rate.
Please refer to this table
for more information on rating levels for accountability data.
Click on the following image to watch a video presentation on the Oregon Plan under ESSA.