Hillsboro School District 1J

06/16/2017 | News release | Distributed by Public on 06/19/2017 17:07

ESSA Update

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) is the successor to No Child Left Behind, and is the mechanism by which schools and districts are held accountable for serving all students and helping them achieve at the highest levels possible.

From April through June of 2016, teams of educators, parents, students and others worked with Oregon Department of Education (ODE) staff in work groups to begin developing recommendations in the following areas: Standards and Assessment; Accountability; School and District Improvement; and Educator Effectiveness.

From there, ODE staff developed a draft framework for the state plan and requested feedback from both the work groups and from the public.

The state plan was drafted next, public input was again solicited, and the plan was presented to the State Board of Education for review in October. The State Board approved the plan on April 27, 2017, and the plan was submitted to USDOE on May 3, 2017.

Guiding the plan's development were four key principles:

  • Prioritizing and advancing equity;
  • Extending the promise of a well-rounded education;
  • Strengthening district systems; and
  • Fostering ongoing engagement.

And included in the plan are elements required under ESSA:

  • Adopt challenging academic content standards that align to higher education and relevant career and technical education (CTE) expectations;
  • Annually administer state tests in reading and mathematics in grades 3-8 and once during high school, as well as science assessments in selected grade bands;
  • Require a 95 percent participation in the state tests by all student groups, but also develop testing opt-out procedures;
  • Establish long-term and interim goals for achievement by all students and each student group;
  • Develop an accountability system that 'meaningfully differentiates' school performance annually, including academic achievement, graduation rate, an additional achievement measure that may be a growth measure, performance of all student groups, achievement of English learners, and additional measures of school quality or student success (such as students' access to rigorous coursework, school climate and absenteeism rates);
  • Use accountability systems to identify schools and districts in need of comprehensive support, as well as those in need of targeted support due to one or more persistently underperforming groups of students;
  • Provide support for schools and districts identified as needing comprehensive and targeted support; and
  • Implement plans that ensure equitable access to effective teachers for students living in poverty and students of color.

The USDOE has 120 days to review the plan and determine whether or not it will grant approval. If approval is granted, Oregon will enter a transition year and plan for full implementation in the 2018-19 school year.

The full plan, as well as other information on ESSA, is available on ODE's website.