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Student Success Act (HB3427)

Governor Kate Brown signed House Bill 3427, the Student Success Act, into law on May 20, 2019. This law aims to correct three decades of under-investment in our schools and our children and includes sweeping provisions for new and improved services for children and families.

It carries significant investments in early learning, existing programs and new efforts to bring Oregon within reach of funding schools at the Quality Education Model level for the first time since the inception of the Quality Education Commission in 2001. This could include adding instructional time, providing mental and behavioral health supports, reducing class size, implementing a more well-rounded education, fully funding High School Success (Measure 98), school safety improvements and more.


Suggested Timeline for Application Process (Deadline is April 15, 2020)

Continue and complete planning processes while drafting each part of the SIA Application. Negotiate agreements with any charter schools invited to participate in the district’s SIA application

  • Review community engagement feedback;
  • Convene an inclusive group to assist with making meaning of the data.
  • Identify themes, patterns, strengths, challenges and gaps resulting from your data.
  • Review disaggregated data/achievement data.
  • Organize and group input to attend to students’ mental & behavioral health; increasing academic achievement and reducing disparities
  • Determine what additional input is needed to ensure themes are representative of community.
  • Use the themes to begin SIA application (starting with strategies and leading into activities and investments).
  • Determine where gaps/challenges exist for focal student populations.
  • Apply an Equity Lens/Tool when examining the disaggregated data.
  • Review the recommendations of Oregon’s Quality Education Commission.

February – April
Provide an opportunity for public review and comments on your plan, budget, and application. Obtain school board approval of grant application and agreements with charter schools if applicable. Prepare Application for submission


  • Clarify your outcomes.
  • Develop strategies that support your district in generating the changes you wish to see.
  • Continue clarifying your outcomes, strategies and investments.
  • Define priorities to focus on for the next 3 years.
  • Identify and name the specific activities and investments that you believe will advance your strategies and priorities.


  • Provide opportunity for public review and comment on your SIA plan, budget and application.
  • Obtain school board approval of grant application.

Submit complete application to ODE during application window (March 2 – April 15, 2020)

Holocaust Education (SB664)

Requires school districts to provide instruction about Holocaust and genocide beginning with 2020-2021 school year. Specifically the instruction required under this act is designed to do the following, including, but not limited to:

  • Confront the immorality of the Holocaust, genocide and other acts of mass violence and to reflect on the causes of related historical events;
  • Promote students understanding of how the Holocaust contributed to the need for the term “genocide”;
  • Stimulate students reflection on the roles and responsibilities of citizens to combat misinformation through tools of resistance; and
  • Provide students with opportunities to contextualize and analyze patterns of human behavior.

School Based Health Care (HB3165)

Requires Oregon Health Authority to provide planning grants to 10 school districts or education service districts to evaluate community needs for school-based health services.

Tribal History/Shared History (SB13)

Senate Bill (SB) 13 was passed into law in the 2017 legislative session and calls upon the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) to develop a statewide curriculum relating to the Native American experience in Oregon, including tribal history, tribal sovereignty, culture, treaty rights, government, socioeconomic experiences, and current events.

“The ODE is enormously pleased to be collaborating with federally recognized tribes in Oregon and now partnering with Education Northwest to begin implementing SB 13,” said Colt Gill, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction. “When Governor Brown proposed SB 13 during the 2017 legislative session and subsequently signed it into law, it was because she deeply values the preservation of tribal cultural integrity and believes that honoring the history of Oregon’s tribal communities is critically important to our state as a whole, and to future generations of students.”

ODE is currently working with educators and tribal leaders to create and revise curriculum with lesson plans across grades 4, 8, and 10 in subject areas such as language arts, math, social studies, heath, and science.


Program Administrator:
Nancy Griffith