The Oregon Education Investment Board has launched a pilot program to help meet key student outcomes such as getting children ready for kindergarten, creating opportunities for high school students to earn college credit, and ensuring smooth transitions into career and college. Eleven regions across the state have been selected to participate in Regional Achievement Collaboratives, where they will work together to improve outcomes across the educational continuum and overall educational quality throughout the region.
Regions selected to participate in the pilot were chosen based on depth of partnerships, commitment to P-20, and potential for implementing innovating and effective projects. Each region will receive facilitation support through the Oregon Solutions Network and funding ranging between $40,000 and $50,000. Through the Regional Achievement Collaboratives, each region will share best practices and strategies and report on their progress to the Oregon Education Investment Board and the Governor.
"I am excited for the OEIB to learn from these regional collaboratives," said Dr. Nancy Golden, Interim Chief Education Officer. "This pilot provides a great opportunity to hear about successes and barriers from the ground up, and to create a policy and investment strategy that can move the whole state toward our goal of higher attainment for all students by 2025."
On October 10, Governor Kitzhaber will launch the Regional Collaborative Pilot at an event in Salem. "Our experience with transforming Oregon's health care system has shown us that regional, ground-up strategies are incredibly powerful. With this project, we hope to build shared accountability and a model for innovative problem-solving that will lead to better outcomes for Oregon kids."
The 11 pilot programs are:
ConnectED Lane County
The All Hands Raised Partnership (Multnomah County)
The Eastern Oregon Collaborative (Umatilla, Morrow & Union Counties)
College Ready (Tillamook County)
Southern Oregon Success (Jackson & Josephine Counties)
Poverty to Prosperity (Malheur, Harney & Baker Counties)
Mid-Willamette Valley Regional Achievement Collaborative (Yamhill, Marion & Polk Counties)
Central Oregon Better Together (Central Oregon / Cascades)
Douglas County Partners for Student Success
Klamath Promise Initiative
Columbia Gorge Regional Center of Innovation