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