In May, the Oregon State Board of Education unanimously approved the Oregon Consolidated State Plan, which the Oregon Education Association (OEA) played a key role in helping to develop. The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) submitted the plan to the U.S. Department of Education, which has 120 days to respond to the document. State education officials expect the plan to be implemented by the 2017-2018 school year.

The consolidated state plan lays out a framework for the state’s schools with particular attention to students most in need, school system growth, and modifications to the state’s school accountability system. It also represents a model of coordination and inclusion between state institutions, education organizations, and other groups. Officials with ODE met with a wide range of stakeholders to gather input and feedback on how Oregon will reimagine education in the post NCLB era.

Governance, staff, and members of OEA were among the key groups ODE consulted. ESSA puts decision making back into the hands of those who know students best — families, communities, and educators. Oregon EA members and staff attended community forums, symposiums, and workshops where standards and assessment, educator effectiveness, school and district improvement, and accountability were discussed and included in the final plan.

This news item is a summary of an article by OEA staff member Andrea Shunk which originally appeared in the Spring 2017 issue of Today’s OEA magazine.