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State and federal rules govern everything we do at the Oregon Department of Education. The links on this page provide information on many of the most important rules. You can also read about the state rules process.

Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)

ESEA has been the major federal funding mandate for public schools. This page will be updated periodically, as these programs transition to ESSA.

Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)

IDEA was passed by Congress in 1990, replacing the Education for All Handicapped Children Act which had been in place since 1975. It ensures that students with disabilities receive Free Appropriate Public Education tailored to their specific needs.

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

ESSA was approved by Congress and signed into law in December 2015. It requires states to create an education plan, providing more flexibility in the use of federal funds.

Oregon Law and Policy for Sexual Health Education

Senate Bill 744: Maintaining Oregon’s Stringent Graduation Requirements

Senate Bill 744 is a new law in Oregon related to the requirements to earn a diploma. At the heart of the law, SB 744 sets in motion a statewide process to review Oregon’s graduation requirements and make recommendations that best meet the needs of all learners to achieve the knowledge and skills identified by our businesses, community members, colleges, and universities as critical to success after high school. Part of those requirements include how students demonstrate essential skills, like reading, writing and math in order to earn a diploma. SB 744 places a temporary pause on requiring students to test in these subject areas, while maintaining Oregon’s challenging course and credit requirements required for graduation.

Pursuant to the bill’s requirements, the Oregon Department of Education will conduct education and community partner engagement sessions, review Oregon’s graduation requirements and their impacts, and research other states’ graduation requirements. A final report, with recommendations, is due for submission to the Oregon State Board of Education and the Legislature by September 1, 2022. The following three resources will be made available as a Senate Bill 744 communication toolkit. The resources include a one-pager Senate Bill 744 overview, a list of talking points related to the bill and a template letter that can be adapted and shared by districts to communicate about the bill with their local communities.

Monthly SB 744 Implementation Status Reports

Please contact ODE’s Senate Bill 744 Implementation Team with any questions, concerns, or recommendations.