Signed into Law last spring - Oregon's Student Success Act is a historic reinvestment in our public schools. When fully implemented the Student Success Act will provide an additional $1 billion per year in additional funding for Early Learning and K-12 education. Roughly, 50% of the new funding will go directly to schools in the form of the Student Investment Account. The SIA will focus on four key areas; (1)Increasing instructional time, (2) addressing health and safety needs, (3) reducing class sizes and (4) providing a well-rounded education. 

South Wasco County School District expects to receive approximately $250,000 total in new funding each year, and must develop a plan for how to invest these additional funds to best support student success in our district.  We cannot write this plan alone!  To make this plan as impactful as possible for the students we serve we need input from students, staff, parents/guardians and our community. 

In order to gather broad-based input on what is working well and what needs to be improved upon at South Wasco County School District, we are asking that you complete this survey.  Your input will then be used to inform our Student Investment Account grant application to Oregon Department of Education.

To frame your thoughts, each question heading will outline the allowable uses for this new funding as per the law.  We have also given you some thought starters for each section.  This information will provide the district with input that can be incorporated into the District's needs assessment. 

Thank you for your time on this survey :)

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* 1. Increased Instructional Time

What the law says: Allowable uses include; more hours or days of instructional time, summer programming, before and after school programs, technological investments that minimize class time used for assessments.

Thought Starter - How do we allow teachers and staff to have sufficient time to:
 - Collaborate with other staff members?
 - Review student data on grades, absences, discipline?
 - Develop strategies to ensure that at-risk students stay on track to graduate?

What are your ideas related to this section?

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* 2. Addressing Student's Health or Safety Needs

What the law says: Addressing student's health or safety needs, which may include; social-emotional learning and development, student mental and behavioral health, improvements to teaching and learning practices, organizational structures that lead to better interpersonal relationships at the school to include; student health and wellness, trauma informed practices, school health professionals, facilities improvements directly related to improving student health or safety. 

Thought Starter - How can we better meet students' mental and behavioral health needs?

What are your ideas related to this section?

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* 3. Reducing Class Sizes

What the law says:
Reducing class sizes may include; use of instructional assistants, using evidence based criteria to ensure appropriate student-teacher ratios.

Thought Starter - 
How can we better meet the individual academic needs of our students?

What are your ideas related to this section?

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* 4. Expanding Availability of and Student Participation in Well-Rounded learning experiences. 

What the law says:
This section may include; developing early literary practices and programs for prekindergarten through 3rd grade,  culturally responsive practices and programs in grade 6 through 8 including learning, counseling and student support that is connected to college and careers, broadened curricular options at all grade levels, including access to; art, music and PE classes, science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, career and technical education, electives that are engaging to students including accelerated college credit programs, AP and IB classes, dropout prevention programs, life skills classes, talented and gifted programs, access to licensed educators with a library media endorsement. 

Thought Starter -
What are ways that we can provide better access to an engaging curriculum to our students?  How can we close academic achievement gaps with different student groups?  How do we improve our drop out rates?  What electives should we provide?  What supports should our early intervention and/or primary grades have to be successful?   

What are your ideas related to this section?



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* 5. In our area, are there partnerships that would enhance student education and success that the district could strengthen or establish?

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* 6. Thank you for your input in the above section.  This next section asks a few organizational and demographic questions. 


What is your Role/Relationship with the District?

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* 7. I am connected to the . . .

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* 8. How would you best describe your race/ethnicity?

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* 9. Would you best describe yourself or your student as fitting into one or more of the following categories?

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* 10. Through what event or circumstance are you completing this form?

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