Early Literacy

Early Literacy is one of the greatest predictors of lifelong success and yet nearly one third of Oregon third graders are not reading proficiently by third grade. Students reading above grade level in the third grade, are twice as likely to graduate high school and three times as likely to go on to college.

We believe that one of the most effective returns on investments Oregon can make in the future is to prioritize resources that ensure that gaps between students don’t develop, and those that have, are closed before students are in third grade. The Chief Education Office has made early literacy and the building of a bridge between early years and early grades a top priority. 

Together, the Governor and the Chief Education Office pushed hard for investments in early learning in the 2015 Legislative Session resulting in $100 million in new, targeted resources to get our youngest Oregonians on track and ready to succeed in kindergarten and read by third grade.

Birth - College & Career System

With our unique vantage point across the learning continuum, we bring strategic leadership from the perspective of a student. One of our critical roles we play is to convene stakeholders, both at the state-level and in communities across the state, who impact student success to build greater coordination and alignment across the seamless system of education. Through ensuring that we bring all voices to the table, we believe we will lead the transformation of our education system driving powerful impact for our students, families and communities.

EARLY LEARNING DIVISION

The Early Learning System in Oregon has three primary focus areas: ensuring that young Oregonians are prepared to succeed in Kindergarten; ensuring family stability; and integrating resources and supports into a coordinated system that most effectively supports families and students. 

It is critical that students come to school prepared to learn, making early learning a fundamental component of our education continuum.  We know that when children come to school with a few important skills (letters, sounds, counting, skills like listening and following directions) they are much more successful as they enter school. This advantage stays with students for years to come, and they are more successful at all future levels of school. 

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OREGON DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) provides leadership for Oregon’s K-12 schools including curriculum, instruction, school improvement efforts, and the statewide assessment system.  The Department’s priorities include solid and sustainable school funding, ensuring students are ready for school through strong early-childhood programs, closing systemic gaps between students, supporting school and district leadership, and improving the efficiency of the agency.

In partnership with other education agencies, the department will play a significant role in helping to ensure that the state meets identified priority targets proven to keep students on track to high school graduation, college and career.  Specifically, ODE helps ensure students: come ready to learn in Kindergarten; are reading at grade level in third grade; are on track with attendance and credits in ninth grade; and successfully graduate high school.

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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT DIVISION

​The Youth Development Division (YDD) was developed with an understanding that, despite existing initiatives to align systems and policies in support of students, there are youth who encounter various forms of adversity throughout their lives. This adversity is at times so significant it creates real and detrimental barriers to education and workforce success. To help youth get back on the path to high school graduation, college and/or career, the legislature created the Youth Development Division.

The Youth Development Division is tasked with supporting the education system by developing state policy and administering funding to support community and school-based youth development programs, services, and initiatives for youth ages 6-24.

For more information about programs and initiatives of the Youth Development Division contact:  Brenda Brooks | 503.378.5129 | Brenda.brooks@ode.state.or.us

HIGHER EDUCATION COORDINATING COMMISSION

The Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) is a 14-member, volunteer board and agency dedicated to fostering and sustaining the best, most rewarding pathways to opportunity and success for all Oregonians through an accessible, affordable and coordinated network for educational achievement beyond a high school diploma.

Oregon’s higher education system serves hundreds of thousands of students at its 7 public universities, 17 public community colleges, private and independent colleges and universities, and private career and trade schools.

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Research and Reports

2017 Educator Equity Report Executive Summary

Chief Education Office, Equity, Research

OREGON EDUCATOR EQUITY REPORT 2015

Equity, Research

Reach Higher for Oregon Students: Highlights from Senate Bill 418 Funding

Chief Education Office, Equity, Research

2017 Educator Equity Report

Chief Education Office, Equity, Research

2017 Practices to Improve the Achievement of Students in Poverty

Chief Education Office, Equity, Poverty, Research, Seamless System

2017 Graduation Report

Chief Education Office, Research, Seamless System

2016 Oregon STEM Education Plan

Chief Education Office, Equity, Research

Report from the Governor’s Council on Educator Advancement

Chief Education Office, Equity, Research

2016 Educator Equity Report

Chief Education Office, Equity, Research

2016 Chronic Absenteeism Report

Chief Education Office, Equity, Research, Seamless System

Poverty and Education – HB 2968 (2015) Legislative Report

Poverty, Research

Oregon Poverty Facts and Analysis of Barriers (2015)

Poverty, Research

OREGON EDUCATOR EQUITY REPORT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY 2015

Equity, Research

Race, Place, and Poverty

Equity, Poverty, Research

Oregon Student Data Privacy Report

Research, Seamless System

Return on Investment in Education

Research, Seamless System