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Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)


The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was passed at the federal level in 2015 to replace No Child Left Behind (NCLB), a provision in the 2001 reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that required accountability at the school, district, and state levels for the academic achievement of all students.

In January of 2016, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) began planning for the implementation of ESSA. Overall, ESSA allows more flexibility at the state level. Work groups were formed in four core areas in order to create plans to transition our state to the new accountability structure:

  • Educator Effectiveness
  • Standards and Assessment
  • School and District Improvement
  • Accountability

HSD staff applied to be part of these work groups and four staff members participated in the 2015-16 school year. These groups completed their recommendations for the consolidated state plan in June 2016. Simultaneously, ODE solicited input from stakeholders throughout the state via surveys and community meetings.

By late August/early September 2016, the state will have received the U.S. Department of Education's regulations and will have adjusted its plan accordingly. The 2016-17 school year will be one of transition, which will allow ODE to develop policy, guidance, resources, and support for school districts. Additional information is available on ODE's website via the links in the Resources module to the left.


Dayle Spitzer

Assistant Superintendent for School Performance



Travis Reiman

Assistant Superintendent of Academic Services



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