New guidance lays out Student Success Act grant application process
Thursday, December 19, 2019
The Oregon Department of Education published Thursday a comprehensive guide to the Student Success Act grant process.
The Student Success Act will invest roughly $1 billion a year in preK-12 public education, with about half going to districts through the Student Investment Account. Districts must submit a public-reviewed, school board-approved three-year plan to ODE by April 15 to receive the first installment in July.
The act requires a needs assessment and ongoing community engagement to formulate the plans. The act also requires that the money be used to address students’ mental and behavioral health needs and to increase student achievement, especially among groups that have faced academic disparities.
The ODE resource lays out a step-by-step guide to meeting all requirements as well as information about longitudinal performance growth targets and the evaluation process. ODE has pledged to help districts meet the requirements as long as they submit their application before the deadline.