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African American/Black Student Success

ORS 329.841 directs the Department of Education (ODE) to develop and implement a statewide education plan for African American/Black students who are in early childhood through post-secondary education programs. The Department has convened an advisory group comprised of members of the African American/Black community and other community partners from across the state of Oregon to advise the Department on the creation and implementation of the plan.

The plan addresses:

  • The disparities experienced by African American and Black students in every indicator of academic success
  • The historical partices leading to disproportionate outcomes for the students
  • The educational needs of the students from early childhood through post-secondary education by examining culturally responsive and appropriate best practices in this state and across the nation

The Department will be awarding grants to early learning service providers, school districts, post-secondary institutions, and community-based organizations to implement strategies developed in the plan.


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2024 Student Success RFA Coming Soon 

The Oregon Department of Education is pleased to announce upcoming Requests for Applications (RFA) for the African American/Black Student Success, Latino/a/x & Indigenous Student Success, LGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Student Success grant programs. The upcoming RFA performance period for each grant program will begin October 1, 2024 and cross several biennia, ending June 30, 2028, for a 4-year total grant period. Further information about funding and application requirements are forthcoming. 
In order to be informed when this RFA goes live on OregonBuys, please subscribe to the following listservs: African American/Black Student SuccessImmigrant/Refugee Student SuccessLatino/a/x & Indigenous Student  SuccessLGBTQ2SIA+ Student Success, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Student Success programs. Questions will be directed to the Single Point of Contact (SPC) for each RFA at the time of posting.

Advisory Group Meeting

The African American/Black Student Success Advisory Group usually meet on the third Wednesday of every month, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 


Deb Lange - Assistant Superintendent