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ESSA Overview

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and affords states greater flexibility. ESSA encourages states and schools to innovate, while at the same time maintaining a focus on accountability, an emphasis on state and local systems of improvement, and a more balanced assessment system.

ESSA establishes a framework for preparing Oregon’s students for life beyond K-12, whether that is attending college or pursuing a career. A prepared graduate should have the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in college, technical, or trade schools, or enter directly into the workplace without having to take remedial or developmental courses. Additionally, graduates should be able to apply their knowledge and skills to real-world situations. The Federal law acts as newly-obtained leverage to improve the educational landscape in Oregon and reflects many of our state’s educational priorities including:
  • Ensuring students graduate high school ready for college and the workplace
  • Reducing gaps among student groups in achievement, opportunity, and graduation
  • Supporting and improving struggling schools
  • Expanding access to high-quality early learning opportunities for our youngest learners
  • Keeping the focus on high-quality classroom instruction through professional development and meaningful feedback for educators


While the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) of 1965 has been reauthorized as the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and signed into law by President Barack Obama on December 10, 2015, most of the provisions of the ESSA will not take effect until the 2017–18 school year. The Local Educational Agency (LEA) Plan process remains the same at this time. This Web page will be updated as the ESSA LEA Plan process becomes available.

ESSA Essentials: What You Need to Know Now

Oregon's ESSA State Plan

Community engagement and collaboration are key to the development of a strong plan. Between March and July, ODE will be reaching out broadly to hear from communities across the state about their values and priorities related to education, in addition to forming four workgroups, including: Standards and Assessment, Accountability, Educator Effectiveness, and School and District Improvement.

Key Principles Guiding the Work
We are committed to:
  • Designing a collaborative plan that will improve both teaching and learning and student achievement in Oregon
  • Improving student outcomes and boosting graduation rates
  • Closing the state’s achievement and opportunity gaps and having a state plan founded on educational equity
  • High-quality instruction and educational leadership; every student should be taught by an effective teacher and every school led by a strong and effective leader
  • Leveraging effective strategies for school improvement and transforming underperforming schools

Related Link

For information on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), please click here.

We want to hear from you! Please share your suggestions or send questions to: ESSA.Oregon@state.or.us eMail.