ORS 327.297¹
Grants for activities related to student achievement
  • evaluation
  • rules

(1) In addition to those moneys distributed through the State School Fund, the Department of Education shall award grants to school districts, education service districts, the Youth Corrections Education Program and the Juvenile Detention Education Program for activities that relate to increases in student achievement, including:

(a) Early childhood support including establishing, maintaining or expanding quality prekindergarten programs and full-day kindergarten programs;

(b) Class size reduction with an emphasis on the reduction of kindergarten through grade three class sizes;

(c) Increases in instructional time including summer programs and before- and after-school programs;

(d) Mentoring, teacher retention and professional development;

(e) Remediation, alternative learning and student retention;

(f) Services to at-risk youth;

(g) Programs to improve a student achievement gap between student groups identified by culture, poverty, language and race and other student groups;

(h) Vocational education programs;

(i) Literacy programs; and

(j) Other research-based student improvement strategies approved by the State Board of Education.

(2)(a) Each school district, each education service district, the Youth Corrections Education Program and the Juvenile Detention Education Program may apply to the Department of Education for a grant.

(b) The department shall review and approve applications based on criteria established by the State Board of Education. In establishing the criteria, the State Board of Education shall consider the recommendations of the Quality Education Commission established under Executive Order 99-16 and the recommendations of the Quality Education Commission established under ORS 327.500 (Establishment).

(c) The applications shall include the activities to be funded and the goals of the district or program for increases in student performance. The applications shall become part of the local district continuous improvement plan described in ORS 329.095 (School district and school self-evaluations).

(3) The Department of Education shall evaluate the annual progress of each recipient of grant funds under this section toward the performance targets established by the Quality Education Commissions. The evaluation shall become part of the requirements of the department for assessing the effectiveness of the district under ORS 329.085 (Assessment of schools and school districts required), 329.095 (School district and school self-evaluations) and 329.105 (School district and school performance reports). The department shall ensure district and program accountability by providing appropriate assistance, intervening and establishing consequences in order to support progress toward the performance targets.

(4) Each biennium the Department of Education shall issue a report to the Legislative Assembly on the grant program and the results of the grant program.

(5)(a) Notwithstanding ORS 338.155 (Minimum amount required) (9), the Department of Education may not award a grant under this section directly to a public charter school.

(b) A school district that receives a grant under this section may transfer a portion of the grant to a public charter school based on the charter of the school or any other agreement between the school district and the public charter school.

(c) A public charter school that receives grant funds under this subsection shall use those funds for the activities specified in subsection (1) of this section.

(6)(a) The amount of each grant for a program or school district = the program’s or school district’s ADMw (the total amount available for distribution to programs and school districts as grants in each fiscal year the total ADMw of all programs and school districts that receive a grant).

(b) The amount of each grant for an education service district = the education service district’s ADMw (the total amount available for distribution to education service districts as grants in each fiscal year the total ADMw of all education service districts that receive a grant).

(c) As used in this subsection, "ADMw" means:

(A) For a school district, the extended weighted average daily membership as calculated under ORS 327.013 (State School Fund distribution computations for school districts), 338.155 (Minimum amount required) (1) and 338.165 (Special education students) (2);

(B) For the Youth Corrections Education Program, the average daily membership as defined in ORS 327.006 (Definitions) multiplied by 2.0;

(C) For the Juvenile Detention Education Program, the average daily membership as defined in ORS 327.006 (Definitions) multiplied by 1.5; and

(D) For an education service district, the sum of the ADMw of the component school districts of the education service district.

(7) Each district or program shall deposit the grant amounts it receives under this section in a separate account, and shall apply amounts in that account to pay for activities described in the district’s or program’s application.

(8) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules necessary for the administration of the grant program. [2001 c.794 §3; 2001 c.794 §3c; 2005 c.22 §231; 2007 c.578 §1; 2007 c.858 §30a]

Note: The amendments to 327.297 (Grants for activities related to student achievement) by section 30a, 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, including amendments by section 1, chapter 578, Oregon Laws 2007, is set forth for the user’s convenience.

327.297 (Grants for activities related to student achievement). (1) In addition to those moneys distributed through the State School Fund, the Department of Education shall award grants to school districts, education service districts, the Youth Corrections Education Program and the Juvenile Detention Education Program for activities that relate to increases in student achievement, including:

(a) Early childhood support including establishing, maintaining or expanding quality prekindergarten programs and full-day kindergarten programs;

(b) Class size reduction with an emphasis on the reduction of kindergarten through grade three class sizes;

(c) Increases in instructional time including summer programs and before- and after-school programs;

(d) Mentoring, teacher retention and professional development;

(e) Remediation, alternative learning and student retention;

(f) Services to at-risk youth;

(g) Programs to improve a student achievement gap between student groups identified by culture, poverty, language and race and other student groups;

(h) Vocational education programs;

(i) Literacy programs; and

(j) Other research-based student improvement strategies approved by the State Board of Education.

(2)(a) Each school district, each education service district, the Youth Corrections Education Program and the Juvenile Detention Education Program may apply to the Department of Education for a grant.

(b) The department shall review and approve applications based on criteria established by the State Board of Education. In establishing the criteria, the State Board of Education shall consider the recommendations of the Quality Education Commission established under Executive Order 99-16 and the recommendations of the Quality Education Commission established under ORS 327.500 (Establishment).

(c) The applications shall include the activities to be funded and the goals of the district or program for increases in student performance. The applications shall become part of the local district improvement plan described in ORS 329.095 (School district and school self-evaluations).

(3) The Department of Education shall evaluate the annual progress of each recipient of grant funds under this section toward the performance targets established by the Quality Education Commissions. The evaluation shall become part of the requirements of the department for assessing the effectiveness of the district under ORS 329.085 (Assessment of schools and school districts required), 329.095 (School district and school self-evaluations) and 329.105 (School district and school performance reports). The department shall ensure district and program accountability by providing appropriate assistance, intervening and establishing consequences in order to support progress toward the performance targets.

(4) Each biennium the Department of Education shall issue a report to the Legislative Assembly on the grant program and the results of the grant program.

(5)(a) Notwithstanding ORS 338.155 (Minimum amount required) (9), the Department of Education may not award a grant under this section directly to a public charter school.

(b) A school district that receives a grant under this section may transfer a portion of the grant to a public charter school based on the charter of the school or any other agreement between the school district and the public charter school.

(c) A public charter school that receives grant funds under this subsection shall use those funds for the activities specified in subsection (1) of this section.

(6)(a) The amount of each grant for a program or school district = the program’s or school district’s ADMw (the total amount available for distribution to programs and school districts as grants in each fiscal year the total ADMw of all programs and school districts that receive a grant).

(b) The amount of each grant for an education service district = the education service district’s ADMw (the total amount available for distribution to education service districts as grants in each fiscal year the total ADMw of all education service districts that receive a grant).

(c) As used in this subsection, "ADMw" means:

(A) For a school district, the extended weighted average daily membership as calculated under ORS 327.013 (State School Fund distribution computations for school districts), 338.155 (Minimum amount required) (1) and 338.165 (Special education students) (2);

(B) For the Youth Corrections Education Program, the average daily membership as defined in ORS 327.006 (Definitions) multiplied by 2.0;

(C) For the Juvenile Detention Education Program, the average daily membership as defined in ORS 327.006 (Definitions) multiplied by 1.5; and

(D) For an education service district, the sum of the ADMw of the component school districts of the education service district.

(7) Each district or program shall deposit the grant amounts it receives under this section in a separate account, and shall apply amounts in that account to pay for activities described in the district’s or program’s application.

(8) The State Board of Education may adopt any rules necessary for the administration of the grant program.

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 327—State Financing of Elementary and Secondary Education, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­Archive/­2007ors327.­pdf (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
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