Student Success Act
By now, many of you have heard about additional funding coming to K-12 schools next year from Oregon’s Student Success Act (SSA.) This is exciting news! I want to share Bethel School District’s process for determining where those additional funds will be directed. Our process and plan is guided by requirements of the Act, these items in particular:
- Meet Students’ Mental or Behavioral Health Needs
- Increase Achievement
*A strong focus in equity has been defined by the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) as:
- “Education equity is the equitable implementation of policy, practices, procedures, and legislation that translates into resource allocation, education rigor, and opportunities for historically and currently marginalized youth, students, and families including civil rights protected classes.”
The ODE is directing districts to reexamine our systems and processes with a goal of closing the achievement gap among our students.
Where To Start
Our process begins with Bethel’s Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP). CIPs are required plans, updated annually, and submitted to the ODE. The CIP will establish the needs of different student groups in Bethel. The CIP is the foundation that will guide, and most importantly, inform our application for SSA funds. (Though Districts will be allocated funding based on student enrollment, we are required to formally apply for the SSA funds from the state.)
The Act also requires engagement. Bethel has been/will be engaging in the following ways:
- Our CIP’s needs-assessment is underway and includes a group of staff, students, and parents reviewing student data
- Information from various student group meetings and student surveys from last spring
- We will also meet with families of students with disabilities, students learning English, and students/families navigating homelessness
- Provide two different opportunities for Community input—January 9th and January 14th
- Staff input and discussions throughout January for each Bethel school
Finally, the District has to submit its CIP to the state, then once that’s approved the District will submit its application for SSA funds. It’s a long process, likely continuing into next May.
We will keep you updated along the way, and will be sure to invite you to the Community Input meetings in January. We’re excited to be going on this journey in order to create more supports for our students, particularly for those who need it the most.