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Fostering Equity and Excellence for Every Learner

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The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) replaces No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and affords states greater flexibility. The new law extends the promise of an excellent, well-rounded education to every student, regardless of race, family income, home language, or disability. ESSA encourages schools and educators to innovate and create systems that address local needs. As a part of this work, the Oregon Department of Education remains committed to designing a State Plan that reflects the state’s education priorities.

Key Principles Guiding the Work

  • 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

Public Comment on Draft Framework

Draft Framework of Oregon’s ESSA State Plan PDF

Summary of Draft Framework PDF


*This survey will close on January 16, 2017

ESSA State Plan Development

As Oregon assembles a plan for federal review, it will apply the following lenses:
  • EQUITY: Does it support equitable outcomes and learning opportunities for all of Oregon’s students?
    • Does it align with Oregon’s vision, values, and goals?
    • Does it align with other parts of the state plan?
  • FEASIBILITY: Does it reflect state and local capacity to support implementation (human, organizational, fiscal)?
  • EFFICIENCY: Does it streamline processes where possible, avoids creating unnecessary burdens and duplicative systems or processes?

ESSA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)


On Dec. 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a long-awaited overhaul of federal education law. Passed with bipartisan support, ESSA represents a shift from broad federal oversight of primary and secondary education to greater flexibility and decision making at the state and local levels.


  • Theresa Richards Email    (503) 947-5922
    Teaching, Learning and Assessment - Interim Assistant Superintendent
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    Communications - Strategic Communications