2015 ORS § 326.500¹
STEM Investment Council
  • purpose
  • council director
  • annual report

(1) The STEM Investment Council is established. The council shall function under the direction and control of the Chief Education Office.

(2)(a) The council is established for the purpose of assisting the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in jointly developing and overseeing a long-term strategy that advances the following educational goals related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics:

(A) Double the percentage of students in 4th and 8th grades who are proficient or advanced in mathematics and science, as determined using a nationally representative assessment of students knowledge in mathematics and science; and

(B) Double the number of students who earn a post-secondary degree requiring proficiency in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

(b) Achievement of the goals described in paragraph (a) of this subsection shall be determined based on a comparison between the 2014-2015 school year or academic year and the 2024-2025 school year or academic year.

(3) To advance the educational goals described in subsection (2) of this section, the council shall make recommendations to:

(a) The Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding the administration of the STEM Investment Grant Program established in ORS 327.380 (Application for grant);

(b) The Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding the distribution of moneys under ORS 327.372 (Funding for activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and to career and technical education); and

(c) The Superintendent of Public Instruction and the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission regarding other investments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that are made or overseen by the Chief Education Office.

(4) The council consists of nine members from the private sector who are jointly appointed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and serve at the pleasure of the superintendent and the executive director.

(5) To aid and advise the council in the performance of the councils duties, the council:

(a) Shall recruit educators and administrators from kindergarten through grade 12 and from post-secondary education to be nonvoting advisory members of the council;

(b) May recruit nonvoting advisory members to the council who are in addition to the members identified in paragraph (a) of this subsection; and

(c) May establish advisory and technical committees that the council considers necessary.

(6)(a) The Superintendent of Public Instruction and the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission shall jointly appoint a council director. The council director shall serve at the pleasure of the superintendent and the executive director.

(b) Except as otherwise directed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, the activities of the council shall be directed and supervised by the council director.

(7) Members of the council are not entitled to compensation or reimbursement for expenses and serve as volunteers of the council.

(8) The council shall submit an annual report to the Chief Education Office and the Legislative Assembly on the progress made toward achieving the goals described in subsection (2) of this section and the distribution of funds under the STEM Investment Grant Program. [2013 c.739 §1; 2013 c.736 §§4,6; 2015 c.366 §§74,75; 2015 c.763 §§5,6,7; 2015 c.767 §245; 2015 c.774 §16]

Note 1: The amendments to 326.500 (STEM Investment Council) by section 46, chapter 774, Oregon Laws 2015, become operative June 30, 2019. See section 72, chapter 774, Oregon Laws 2015, as amended by section 14, chapter 682, Oregon Laws 2015, and section 20, chapter 763, Oregon Laws 2015. The text that is operative on and after June 30, 2019, is set forth for the users convenience.

326.500 (STEM Investment Council). (1) The STEM Investment Council is established. The council shall function under the joint direction and control of the State Board of Education and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

(2)(a) The council is established for the purpose of assisting the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in jointly developing and overseeing a long-term strategy that advances the following educational goals related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics:

(A) Double the percentage of students in 4th and 8th grades who are proficient or advanced in mathematics and science, as determined using a nationally representative assessment of students knowledge in mathematics and science; and

(B) Double the number of students who earn a post-secondary degree requiring proficiency in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

(b) Achievement of the goals described in paragraph (a) of this subsection shall be determined based on a comparison between the 2014-2015 school year or academic year and the 2024-2025 school year or academic year.

(3) To advance the educational goals described in subsection (2) of this section, the council shall make recommendations to:

(a) The Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding the administration of the STEM Investment Grant Program established in ORS 327.380 (Application for grant);

(b) The Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding the distribution of moneys under ORS 327.372 (Funding for activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and to career and technical education); and

(c) The Superintendent of Public Instruction and the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission regarding other investments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that are made or overseen by the State Board of Education or the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

(4) The council consists of nine members from the private sector who are jointly appointed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and serve at the pleasure of the superintendent and the executive director.

(5) To aid and advise the council in the performance of the councils duties, the council:

(a) Shall recruit educators and administrators from kindergarten through grade 12 and from post-secondary education to be nonvoting advisory members of the council;

(b) May recruit nonvoting advisory members to the council who are in addition to the members identified in paragraph (a) of this subsection; and

(c) May establish advisory and technical committees that the council considers necessary.

(6)(a) The Superintendent of Public Instruction and the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission shall jointly appoint a council director. The council director shall serve at the pleasure of the superintendent and the executive director.

(b) Except as otherwise directed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, the activities of the council shall be directed and supervised by the council director.

(7) Members of the council are not entitled to compensation or reimbursement for expenses and serve as volunteers of the council.

(8) The council shall submit an annual report to the State Board of Education, Higher Education Coordinating Commission and the Legislative Assembly on the progress made toward achieving the goals described in subsection (2) of this section and the distribution of funds under the STEM Investment Grant Program.

Note 2: The amendments to 326.500 (STEM Investment Council) by section 47, chapter 774, Oregon Laws 2015, become operative July 1, 2025. See section 48, chapter 774, Oregon Laws 2015. The text that is operative on and after July 1, 2025, including amendments by section 46, chapter 774, Oregon Laws 2015, is set forth for the users convenience.

326.500 (STEM Investment Council). (1) The STEM Investment Council is established. The council shall function under the joint direction and control of the State Board of Education and the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

(2)(a) The council is established for the purpose of assisting the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission in jointly developing and overseeing a long-term strategy that advances the following educational goals related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics:

(A) Having a specified percentage of students in 4th and 8th grades who are proficient or advanced in mathematics and science, as determined using a nationally representative assessment of students knowledge in mathematics and science; and

(B) Having a specified number of students who earn a post-secondary degree requiring proficiency in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.

(b) Achievement of the goals described in paragraph (a) of this subsection shall be determined based on percentages and numbers determined by the council.

(3) To advance the educational goals described in subsection (2) of this section, the council shall make recommendations to:

(a) The Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding the administration of the STEM Investment Grant Program established in ORS 327.380 (Application for grant);

(b) The Superintendent of Public Instruction regarding the distribution of moneys under ORS 327.372 (Funding for activities related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics education and to career and technical education); and

(c) The Superintendent of Public Instruction and the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission regarding other investments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics that are made or overseen by the State Board of Education or the Higher Education Coordinating Commission.

(4) The council consists of nine members from the private sector who are jointly appointed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission and serve at the pleasure of the superintendent and the executive director.

(5) To aid and advise the council in the performance of the councils duties, the council:

(a) Shall recruit educators and administrators from kindergarten through grade 12 and from post-secondary education to be nonvoting advisory members of the council;

(b) May recruit nonvoting advisory members to the council who are in addition to the members identified in paragraph (a) of this subsection; and

(c) May establish advisory and technical committees that the council considers necessary.

(6)(a) The Superintendent of Public Instruction and the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission shall jointly appoint a council director. The council director shall serve at the pleasure of the superintendent and the executive director.

(b) Except as otherwise directed by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the executive director of the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, the activities of the council shall be directed and supervised by the council director.

(7) Members of the council are not entitled to compensation or reimbursement for expenses and serve as volunteers of the council.

(8) The council shall submit an annual report to the State Board of Education, Higher Education Coordinating Commission and the Legislative Assembly on the progress made toward achieving the goals described in subsection (2) of this section and the distribution of funds under the STEM Investment Grant Program.

Note 3: Sections 2 and 3, chapter 739, Oregon Laws 2013, provide:

Sec. 2. Report findings used to develop long-term strategy. When developing the long-term strategy that advances the educational goals related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics described in section 1 (2) of this 2013 Act [326.500 (STEM Investment Council) (2)], the STEM Investment Council shall take into consideration the findings of the report submitted by the Task Force on STEM Access and Success as required by section 1, chapter 94, Oregon Laws 2012. [2013 c.739 §2]

Sec. 3. Section 2 of this 2013 Act is repealed on June 30, 2018. [2013 c.739 §3]