Oregon Statutes - Chapter 329 - Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century; Educational Improvement and Reform - Section 329.555 - Oregon 21st Century Schools Program established; purposes.

(1) There is established a program to be known as the “Oregon 21st Century Schools Program.”

(2) The purposes of this program include the following:

(a) To encourage the restructuring of school operations and formal relationships among teachers, administrators, other school personnel and local citizens for purposes of improving student achievement, including but not limited to modifications of the following:

(A) The length and structure of the school day and the school year;

(B) Curriculum requirements;

(C) Graduation requirements;

(D) The licensing, assignment and formal responsibilities of teachers, administrators and other school personnel;

(E) State statutes and rules and local policies and agreements relating to educational practices, with the exception of those that affect health, safety or constitutional rights under state or federal law;

(F) The formal and informal relationships between school districts and other entities, including community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, businesses and other institutions; and

(G) The integration of traditional services to kindergarten through grade 12 with public and privately sponsored services, such as early childhood education, child care and assistance for teenage parents and other at-risk youth.

(b) To encourage educators, school districts and local citizens to establish measurable goals for educational attainment and increased expectations for student performance, including but not limited to improvement in such performance measures as:

(A) Student dropout rates;

(B) District, state and national standardized tests and other assessments of student learning and educational progress;

(C) The extent and nature of parental involvement in school activities;

(D) Student conduct and disciplinary actions;

(E) Student expectations and attitudes towards learning; and

(F) Student success in college, professional and other post-secondary programs.

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