Oregon Statutes - Chapter 329 - Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century; Educational Improvement and Reform - Section 329.095 - School district and school self-evaluations; local district continuous improvement plans; departmentís technical assistance.

(1) The Department of Education shall require school districts and schools to conduct self-evaluations and update their local district continuous improvement plans on a biennial basis. The self-evaluation process shall involve the public in the setting of local goals. The school districts shall ensure that representatives from the demographic groups of their school population are invited to participate in the development of local district continuous improvement plans to achieve the goals.

(2) As part of setting local goals, school districts shall undertake a communications process that involves parents, students, teachers, school employees and community representatives to explain and discuss the local goals and their relationship to programs under this chapter.

(3) At the request of the school district, department staff shall provide ongoing technical assistance in the development and implementation of the local district continuous improvement plan.

(4) The local district continuous improvement plan shall include:

(a) A rigorous curriculum aligned with state standards;

(b) High-quality instructional programs;

(c) Short-term and long-term professional development plans;

(d) Programs and policies to achieve a safe educational environment;

(e) A plan for family and community engagement;

(f) Staff leadership development;

(g) High-quality data systems;

(h) Improvement planning that is data-driven;

(i) Education service plans for students who have or have not exceeded all of the academic content standards;

(j) A review of demographics, student performance, staff characteristics and student access to, and use of, educational opportunities; and

(k) District efforts to achieve local efficiencies and efforts to make better use of resources. [Formerly 326.760; 1995 c.660 §11; 2007 c.858 §7]

Note: The amendments to 329.095 by section 7, chapter 858, Oregon Laws 2007, first apply to the 2008-2009 school year. See section 41, chapter 858, Oregon Laws 2007. The text that applies prior to the 2008-2009 school year is set forth for the userís convenience.

329.095. (1) The State Board of Education shall require school districts and schools to conduct self-evaluations and update their local district improvement plans on a biennial basis. The self-evaluation process shall involve the public in the setting of local goals. The school districts shall ensure that representatives from the demographic groups of their school population are invited to participate in the development of local district improvement plans to achieve the goals.

(2) As part of setting local goals, school districts are encouraged to undertake a communications process that involves parents, students, teachers, school employees and community representatives to explain and discuss the local goals and their relationship to programs under this chapter.

(3) At the request of the school district, Department of Education staff shall provide ongoing technical assistance in the development and implementation of the local district improvement plan.

(4) The local district improvement plan shall include district efforts to achieve local efficiencies and efforts to make better use of resources. Efficiencies may include, but are not limited to, use of magnet schools, energy programs, public and private partnerships, staffing and other economies.

(5) All school districts shall, as part of their local district improvement plan, develop programs and policies to achieve a safe, educational environment.

(6) Local district improvement plans shall include the districtís and schoolís short-term and long-term plans for staff development.

(7) Local district and school goals and district and school improvement plans shall be made available to the public.

(8) The self-evaluations shall include a review of demographics, student performance, student access to and utilization of educational opportunities and staff characteristics. However, failure to complete the self-evaluation process shall not constitute grounds for withholding of state moneys.

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