Oregon Department of Education

Priority, Focus, and Model Schools

In accordance with Oregon’s ESEA Flexibility Waiver with the US Department of Education, the Oregon Department of Education identified 92 Priority and Focus Schools in need of additional supports to see improved student outcomes. These schools were identified for supports of a period of four year, and under the ESEA Flexibility Waiver, would have been eligible to exit identification at the conclusion of 2015-16 school year. In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed and ended Oregon’s flexibility waiver effective August of 2016. In March, the US Department of Education issued guidance to states to support an orderly transition from the state plans authored to address the requirements of the Waiver to the new requirements under ESSA. This guidance provided Oregon two options in how to support Priority and Focus Schools (section 1.a) PDF.

Given legislative action pertaining to the use of statewide summative assessment data to rate schools, Oregon selected “Option A” PDFand froze the list of Priority and Focus Schools (last updated after the 2014-15 school year).

During this transition year, ODE will continue to work with districts and schools adjusting supports based on a review of qualitative and implementation data, locally reported achievement measures and a review of statewide summative assessment results. The tiers of supports PDF will be communicated to districts and schools and reflected on the official report cards released in October.

For more information regarding the development of Oregon’s statewide plan and changes under ESSA, click here.

Materials previously located on this page can now be found at the Priority, Focus and Model School Archives link below.

Priority, Focus, and Model Schools - Archives

  • Timothy Boyd Email    (503) 947-5621
    District and School Effectiveness - Director
  • Shawna Moran Email    (503) 947-5944
    District and School Effectiveness - Education Program Specialist