In May 2019, the Oregon Legislature and the Governor signed the Student Success Act (HB 3427). This law provides funding, in the form of a grant, to all Oregon schools. The West Linn-Wilsonville School District is able to access an estimated $7 million in grant funds through a state application process.
The funds must be used to increase student outcomes by addressing five specific areas of importance:
1. Reducing academic disparities
2. Meeting students' mental and/or behavioral health needs
3. Providing equitable access to academic courses
4. Allowing teachers and staff sufficient time to collaborate and review student data and develop strategies to support all students
5. Establishing strong partnerships for student achievement
The District spent November engaging stakeholders through a variety of methods. The District engaged historically underserved populations through small focus groups, personal phone calls, targeted and facilitated surveys, surveys of 300 current high school students, large group surveys to West Linn-Wilsonville staff and parents, and two community forums. Input was added to relevant data the District previously collected in recent months, including West Linn-Wilsonville Education Association (WWEA) survey data, budget survey data, capital bond summit feedback data, high school study data, high school accreditation survey data, health/wellness curriculum input data, communication survey data, special education parent survey data, board safety advisory committee data, and more.
Using that community engagement feedback, the District created its Continuous Improvement Plan (CIP). The CIP was presented during the December 2 School Board meeting. Following consultation with the Clackamas Education Service District, West Linn-Wilsonville submitted the CIP to the Oregon Department of Education on Dec. 6. The CIP will inform the Student Success Act Grant Application later in the year.