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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is a federal school accountability law rooted in supporting all students equitably and building systems that eliminate barriers to student success; it replaced No Child Left Behind in 2015. As part of ESSA, all states developed a plan for improving education and submitted it to the U.S. Department of Education.

ESSA - Every Student Succeeds Act  

Oregon's Plan for ESSA

The plan that Oregon submitted to the U.S. Department of Education is called Oregon’s Consolidated Plan Under the Every Student Succeeds Act. You can read a brief version here: Key Takeaways From Oregon’s Plan To Improve How We Serve Students. Oregon’s plan centers on four key commitments, which we generated through conversations with and feedback from Oregonians:

  • Advancing Equity

    Every student should feel safe, welcome and fully included in their school community.

  • Promoting a Well-Rounded Education

    Every student will reach their full potential through an engaging and relevant education that serves their needs and interests.

  • Strengthening District Systems

    We can strengthen Oregon’s education system and help our students reach their dreams by deepening partnerships across communities, schools, districts and the state.

  • Fostering Ongoing Engagement

    Oregon is committed to inclusive, responsive, two-way communication with everyone dedicated to strengthening Oregon’s education system.

Under the Oregon Department of Education’s plan:

  • School districts are the hub for improving systems that are not working for students.
  • Districts will, with support from ODE, lead, support and monitor their efforts to improve student outcomes.
  • We will collaborate with local districts to ensure relevant and timely supports are delivered to meet student needs within each diverse local context.
  • Oregon will move away from the No Child Left Behind model of shaming and blaming schools.

Accountability & School Improvement Addendum

ODE is requesting and inviting public comment by Friday, March 3rd on a one-year addendum to how the agency identifies schools and districts for federal school improvement. More information pertaining to the addendum can be found here.

Learn More About ESSA in Oregon

For Parents and Community Members

For School District Leaders and Teachers

Please contact Meg Boyd, Strategic Communications Analyst, with questions or for more information.