VISION

Our vision is to build and coordinate a seamless system of education that meets the diverse learning needs of Oregonians from birth through college and career. We are focused on ensuring that each and every Oregon student graduates high school, college and career ready with the support and opportunities they need to thrive. Specifically, we are focused on ensuring every student in the state graduates from high school and that Oregon reaches its 40-40-20 goal.

40% completing 2-year degree
40% completing 4-year degree
20% graduate high school career ready

40-40-20 STATUS UPDATE

WHAT WE DO

COORDINATE A SEAMLESS SYSTEM

With our unique vantage point from birth through college & career, we bring strategic leadership and coordination to key student transition points and other critical areas across the education continuum to improve outcomes for each Oregon student.

DEEPEN USE OF EQUITY LENS

Center our work around the values in the Lens and support our partners and stakeholders in doing the same.

DRIVE CROSS-SECTOR ENGAGEMENT

Set the stage for community driven solutions through investment in, and support of cross-sector regional partnerships that work towards shared goals for student success.

FOCUS ON OUTCOMES

Identify critical milestones in a student’s experience that predict long-term success, build capacity and eliminate barriers towards reaching them, and lead cross-agency planning to coordinate strategies.

RECOMMEND RESEARCH-DRIVEN POLICY

Through our Research & Policy Center we elevate policies and practices most effectively accelerating student outcomes.

AMPLIFY BEST PRACTICES

Through our community partners, educational entities, and research we identify best and promising practices and develop strategies to scale them up.

BUST BARRIERS

Work with partners and our communities to bust barriers to ensure our systems more effectively harness the contributions, capacity and potential of each of our students.

ELEVATE COMMUNITY ASSETS

Amplify the strengths each of our communities bring and seek to leverage knowledge, capacity and culture to most effectively improve outcomes for our students.

CONVENE TO FIND SOLUTIONS

We bring all critical voices to the table to devise solutions to some of the most complex challenges creating barriers for our students or educators.

COMMITMENT TO EQUITY

WE’VE ADOPTED THE EQUITY LENS TO GUIDE POLICY RECOMMENDATIONS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT AS WE BUILD A SYSTEM THAT SUPPORTS EACH AND EVERY STUDENT. THE TOOL WAS VETTED BY MORE THAN 60 ORGANIZATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS THROUGHOUT THE STATE, INCLUDING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS.

EQUITY LENS BELIEFS

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Daniel Smith

Daniel Smith FOUNDER - TECHNICAL DIRECTOR

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Lauren Payne

Lauren Payne FOUNDER - ART DIRECTOR

Lauren Payne

FOUNDER - ART DIRECTOR

Lauren Payne

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Lucia Herberts

Lucia Herberts FOUNDER - ART DIRECTOR

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Manny Paul

Manny Paul UI DESIGNER

Manny Paul

UI DESIGNER

Manny Paul

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Steve Nathans

Steve Nathans BRAND DESIGNER

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Gus Causer

Gus Causer COPYWRITER

Gus Causer

COPYWRITER

Gus Causer

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FAQ

What is the difference between the Chief Education Office and other agencies like the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), Early Learning Division (ELD), the Youth Development Council (YDC) or the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC)?

With our unique vantage point across the learning continuum from birth through career, we bring strategic leadership and coordination to the work of education agencies and community partners. We work closely with all our agency partners to smooth key student transition points, ensure we are collectively working towards shared goals for student outcomes, identify and alleviate barriers to student success, and amplify, and seek to operationalize the values in the Equity Lens across all agencies and partners.

What is the role of the Chief Education Office specifically?

We are charged with building a seamless system of education ​​​​from birth to college & career to meet Oregon’s 40-40-20 goal by 2025. Our three primary roles include: leading cross-agency planning tied to critical student outcomes, alleviating barriers impeding student success, and elevating a core focus on equity within all educational settings. We deliver impact through: convening cross-sector groups to co-construct powerful solutions, enhancing coordination with agency leaders and boards, operationalizing the Equity Lens across all educational entities and stakeholders, and developing a coordinated system to link and analyze student data.

What is Oregon’s 40-40-20 goal?

40-40-20 was originally created to drive Oregon’s economic prosperity.  As the system designed to prepare students for the workforce and their future, we use 40-40-20 to set goals for educational attainment that are aligned with workforce needs and aspirations.  For our purposes, 40-40-20 is not just about statewide prosperity but of individual, student prosperity as well.  It is about building the kind of seamless system that ensures each and every one of our students has every opportunity to be successful. 

The goal calls for 40 percent of students to receive a bachelor’s degree or higher; 40 percent of students to receive an associate degree or certificate; and the remaining 20 percent to earn a high school diploma by the year 2025.

Do leaders from other education agencies report to the Chief Education Officer?

The building of the seamless system is approached in a collaborative, coordinated manner, but the Chief Education Officer has the responsibility for ensuring that policies and practice across educational agencies improve the access, opportunities and outcomes for each and every Oregon student.

Which aspects of the student experience is the Chief Education Office focusing on?

The Chief Education Office has identified critical milestones and transitions in a student’s experience that predict long-term success. We’ve prioritized building capacity and eliminating barriers towards ensuring:

  • More students are ready to succeed when they enter school
  • More third graders are reading at or above grade level
  • More ninth graders are on track with credits and strong attendance
  • High school graduation rates increase
  • More Oregonians earn degrees and certificates that lead to rewarding careers

Why is achieving 40-40-20 so important?

The 40-40-20 goal reflects a statewide aspiration to markedly improve individual and statewide prosperity in Oregon. Individuals with higher levels of education are more likely to earn higher wages, have rewarding careers and make positive contributions to their community. Through creating equitable access to a high quality education and a seamless path to future opportunities, more Oregon students will prosper, ultimately benefitting us all.

What is at stake if we don’t change the way our education system currently works?

Our current education system is not designed to support all students. Without intentional strategies to ensure each student is thriving, the future vitality of Oregon is at risk. Thirty five percent of students in the state are from communities of color, are immigrants, or English Language Learners. These populations of students are most likely to have limited access to high quality early learning experiences that ensure they are prepared to start school and often remain behind their peers throughout the course of their education. The number of students representing culturally and linguistically diverse communities is expected to grow significantly in the coming decades. The future prosperity of our state depends on our ability to build a system that supports each student, early, and throughout their education.