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2015 Renewal

Please review the documents below under "Links to Draft Language", then provide your feedback in the corresponding section of the survey tool. The feedback survey will remain active until March 22, 2015.

History and Purpose:

In 2001, the United States Congress passed the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) that issued across the board requirements that States had to follow in order to receive federal funding. The US Department of Education (USED) presented an option to states to apply for "flexibility" from some specific requirements of No Child Left Behind in the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) exchange for rigorous and comprehensive state-developed plans designed to improve education outcomes for all students, close achievement gaps, increase equity and improve the quality of instruction.

In 2012, Oregon applied for and received USED approval of the ESEA Flexibility waiver, providing the opportunity to craft a state-specific plan for education. Under the leadership of Governor John Kitzhaber and Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton, Oregon is implementing the plan and has revised portions of the waiver.

Oregon’s current ESEA Flexibility waiver for No Child Left Behind will expire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) will be submitting a request for a three-year renewal of Oregon’s ESEA waiver by March 31, 2015.

With the waiver renewal, the USED continues to require states to demonstrate commitment to the same core principles of ESEA Flexibility listed below that have been the underpinning of waivers since their introduction in 2011:
    1. Implementing college and career ready standards and high-quality, aligned assessments for all students
    2. Implementing state-developed systems of differentiated recognition, accountability, and support
    3. Supporting effective instruction and leadership through educator evaluation and support systems
Click here for an overview of the requirements for the 2015 ESEA Flexibility waiver renewal.

The elements of the waiver, combined with Oregon’s state-mandated priority initiatives, are moving Oregon educators toward a strong and effective college and career ready system, incorporating programs, resources, and assessments for students from pre-kindergarten through adulthood. The Common Core State Standards, Smarter Balanced Assessment, an improved school accountability system, and a new framework for educator effectiveness and evaluation are some of the major elements featured in the waiver.

Stakeholder Input

Thank you for taking this opportunity to provide feedback regarding Oregon's ESEA Flexibility waiver renewal.

It is our goal to review the feedback from various stakeholder opportunities, including this survey tool where appropriate and potentially include ideas, comments or concerns in our state ESEA waiver application and inform implementation support. Therefore, specific ideas as well as your comments will be welcomed.

Oregon will submit our renewal application for ESEA Flexibility no later than the March 31st, 2015, USED deadline.

This renewal application does not impact all waiver elements, therefore only the sections that required revisions are included. Links to the original waiver documents can be found under current flexibility waivers on this webpage.

Please review the documents below and provide your feedback in the corresponding section of the survey tool. The feedback survey will remain active until March 22, 2015.

Links to Draft Language

Principle 1: College- and Career-Ready Expectations For All Students

Principle 2A-Accountability System (pages 64 - 70). PDF

Principle 2: State-Developed Differentiated Recognition, Accountability, and Support PDF

Principle 3: Supporting Effective Instruction and Leadership through Educator Evaluation and Support Systems PDF

Links to Additional Background Information

Presentation made by ODE staff to the 2015 ESEA Flexibility Stakeholder Advisory Group on February 12, 2015 outlining key decisions points for the 2015 waiver renewal.


PowerPoint PDF

Video on Student Growth Percentiles

Posted with permission from the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Current ESEA Flexibility Waiver

Oregon's Approved ESEA Flexibility Waiver Application Approved October 9, 2014.

Oregon has revised elements of its teacher and leader effectiveness system in collaboration with districts and other educational partners.

Oregon's Original ESEA Flexibility Waiver Application (abridged) Approved July 18 , 2012.

Oregon's ESEA Waiver Request was approved in 2012. This abridged version eliminates approximately 1000 pages of public comments from the full version, which are available on request.

Executive Summary of Oregon's Approved ESEA Flexibility Waiver

This executive summary presents an overview of the approved ESEA Flexibility waiver link above.

Requirements for Teacher and Administrator Evaluation and Support Systems for 2014-15 SY

Staying Current

The following links lead to the most up to date news, resources, and documents regarding the content of Oregon’s ESEA Flexibility as ODE, along with our partners, implements each portion.

Common Core State Standards (CCSS)

Moving to common standards in two content areas represents a major change for Oregon. ODE and its educational partners are committed to providing educators with the tools they need to understand and implement the CCSS.

College and Career Ready Assessments

Oregon is transitioning from the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to Smarter Balanced Assessment. This page gives information about Smarter Balanced and other Oregon assessments.

District and School Accountability System

The waiver outlines Oregon’s revised accountability and rating system, incorporating student growth.

Oregon's Priority, Focus, and Model Schools

Access resources and documents relating to Oregon’s Priority, Focus, and Model School designations.

Educator Effectiveness

Together, Oregon partners and stakeholders are developing a comprehensive educator effectiveness system spanning the career continuum of teachers and leaders, including preparation, licensing, induction, mentoring, professional learning, and educator evaluation

Related Links

  • Oregon Education Investment Board  External Link  
    The Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB), chaired by the Governor, is overseeing an effort to create a seamless, unified system for investing in and delivering public education from early childhood through high school and college so that all Oregonians are well prepared for careers in our economy.

  • Original ESEA Flexibility Process
    This page describes the process Oregon educators undertook to create the original ESEA Flexibility waiver during the 2011-12 school year.


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