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Federal Flexibility Waiver

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Oregon has received federal approval of revisions to the Elementary and Secondary Act (ESEA) Flexibility waiver, originally approved July 2012. With this approval, Oregon will continue implementation of a more accountable and responsive education system to meet the needs of Oregon students and strengthen Oregon schools.

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.

Oregon’s approved waiver, other resources, and documents are available below.




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 WaiverUpdated

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




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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