Student Success Plans: Improving Outcomes for All Students Across Oregon

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and the Region 16 Comprehensive Center are dedicated to successfully implementing Student Success Plans. These legislation-supported plans are designed to improve systems for specific groups of historically underserved students, which, in turn, will support all students in receiving equitable educational opportunities. This joint capacity-building effort will support the Student Success Plans’ meaningful implementation by providing additional professional development for staff, creating action plans, and collaborating between ODE offices.

ODE is dedicated to fostering positive outcomes for every student. In 2019, Oregon’s leaders took a significant step toward fulfilling this commitment by enacting the Student Success Act. This legislation allocates more than $35 million every two years to statewide education initiatives, a portion of which supports the Student Success Plans (SSPs).

These plans, co-designed with advisory boards from the communities the SSPs serve, provide a vital basis for implementing diverse educational initiatives. They channel support to community-based organizations (CBOs), school districts, early learning providers, education service districts (ESDs), and higher education partners. Collectively, they:

  • Provide robust academic and wraparound support services and additional support as needed
  • Nurture cultural identity
  • Amplify student, family, and community engagement
  • Develop strong leadership
  • Support their communities in contributing to student success

Each plan outlines detailed strategies to address inequities and equip educators with culturally sustaining teaching methods and curricula.

ODE’s inside-out approach to equity fosters an environment where collaboration can thrive and where all are united by a shared passion for enhancing student outcomes. These collaborations champion justice, build meaningful relationships, and foster healing.

Recognizing the importance of increasing cross-agency ownership, ODE sought support from the Region 16 Comprehensive Center (R16CC) and the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northwest to support the plan’s integration within each office.

Collaborators

  • R16CC
  • REL Northwest
  • Oregon Department of Education
  • Oregon Department of Education’s Office of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Initiatives (OEDII)

Outputs

To support all 600+ ODE staff members in meaningfully integrating the SSPs within their work, the OEDII, ODE, R16CC, and REL Northwest developed a comprehensive plan that resulted in:

  • An integration plan to provide coherent and consistent support for the SSPs across ODE
  • The Student Success Plan Elements Guide, which details the nuanced facets of each SSP
  • One asynchronous professional development course for staff to contextualize the history of the SSPs
  • Two synchronous professional development courses for team leads about the content of and process for facilitating learning sessions within their own departments. The first course develops a common understanding of the SSPs, and the second course unpacks the plans for implementation
  • Facilitator’s guides for each synchronous professional development course to support ODE staff in guiding, planning, and delivering the courses
  • A communications plan, co-created with ODE, to increase staff knowledge about the professional development courses’ purpose
  • Three surveys to gauge the effectiveness of the professional development courses by measuring staff knowledge and understanding throughout each stage
  • An integration index to assess the level and quality of SSP integration within each ODE office
  • A mapping tool to integrate, align, and increase teams’ ownership of SSP goals and objectives
  • An action plan template for ODE teams to begin integrating the SSPs into existing and future work

Key Impacts

Many ODE team leads have already engaged in the asynchronous and synchronous professional development courses, and ODE will continue delivering the courses to all staff. Surveys of course participants reflect a deep appreciation for the courses:

  • 92% of the participants said the training enhanced their understanding of Oregon’s Student Success Plans
  • 98% of the participants thought the facilitators had knowledge and expertise about the content
  • 85% of the participants felt the synchronous model met or exceeded their expectations
  • 73 ODE staff members have participated in synchronous courses as of March 28, 2024

This was a fantastic training. It was clear what I was learning; it was extremely informative yet simple. It was aesthetically pleasing to look at and kept my full attention. I learned a lot in a short period of time. And I appreciate the follow-up at the end. It is one of the best trainings I have been in. Thank you!

Professional development course participant

Reflections and Next Steps

We expect to see the results of this collaboration for years to come as ODE teams integrate each SSP into their work. ODE will continue updating existing plans and creating new plans for other historically underserved student groups. OEDII and other offices will support the entire agency in building on this important work by providing additional professional development support to ODE staff.

The sweeping education initiatives created through the Student Success Act depend on knowledgeable, dedicated, and supported staff. This joint effort demonstrates ODE’s commitment to leveraging resources effectively to support a meaningful educational experience for all Oregon students. By emphasizing continuous improvement through ongoing professional development, ODE remains committed to advancing educational equity statewide. Taking the time to support all staff in understanding and integrating the SSPs is critical for achieving continuous, long-term improvements in student belonging and achievement.

The collaborative efforts of ODE, OEDII, R16CC, and REL Northwest serve as an example of how partnerships between educational organizations can drive meaningful change and improve outcomes for students. Together, we are working toward a future where the SSPs become part of the DNA of the Oregon Department of Education. By prioritizing equity, fostering collaboration, and providing targeted support, initiatives like the SSPs have the potential to create a more inclusive and supportive educational environment for all learners across Oregon. Visit the ODE website to learn more about the SSPs and educational equity initiatives in Oregon.


Published March 28, 2024

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