May 5, 2017
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) submitted its state plan under the Every Student Succeeds Act on May 3, 2017. For the past several months, NWCC has been providing support to ODE in aligning policies with federal requirements and evidence-based best practices and in writing a plan that reflects Oregon’s values and priorities. We have also facilitated engagement among stakeholders to get their feedback and to develop a common understanding of the plan’s vision, scope, activities, and outcomes. As a result, the submitted plan incorporates the perspectives of students and their families, teachers, administrators, school boards, tribal leaders, and community leaders.
“Oregon’s State Plan is founded on equity and represents the voices and communities we serve,” Deputy Superintendent Salam Noor said. “We want to put every one of our learners on a path to success from birth through high school. And whether our students choose to attend college or go straight into the workforce, it’s critical that their school experience is full of opportunity.” The plan outlines four commitments to enact a statewide vision and further improve and strengthen Oregon schools:
- Prioritizing and advancing equity
- Extending the promise of a well-rounded education
- Strengthening district systems
- Fostering ongoing engagement
“As ODE begins implementing the plan this fall, the agency is focused on strategic and comprehensive implementation,” said NWCC Oregon State Coordinator Vicki Nishioka. “ODE has requested our continued support in developing a theory of action, organizing cross-office team responsibilities, monitoring implementation fidelity, and ensuring regular communication with internal and external stakeholders.“