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Student Success Act

Signed into law in May of 2019, the Student Success Act is a historic opportunity for Oregon schools to improve outcomes for ALL students.

To view the Student Investment Account Grant Agreement, click HERE  
To view the Integrated Guidance Plan, click HERE

2022-23 Student Investment Account (SIA) Annual Report

The SIA annual report is submitted to ODE electronically via SmartSheet. The answers to questions posed in the report are shown below. 

"What changes in behavior, actions, policies or practices have you observed related to SIA implementation during the 2022-23 school year? How do you see these changes contributing to the goals and outcomes in your SIA plan?" 
The  SIA funds have significantly impacted our district's health and safety and well-rounded education initiatives. We retained our Counseling and Behavior Specialists, who support our students' social and emotional needs. Our sites utilize student success teams to evaluate student progress and determine how to improve our behavior and mental health support systems. Additionally, we retained Instructional Assistants, who provided classroom support to enhance student learning and provide extra supervision in the halls and play areas, creating a safer environment. 

During this past year, we have relied on the expertise of outside consultants to facilitate our work to increase teacher effectiveness and improve students' sense of belonging in schools. These consultants also work with district leadership to identify areas where we can make systemic changes. The Equity Collaborative is helping us with activities focused on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and targets our goal around measuring student safety and belonging within our schools. We continued to build sustainable Equity Leadership Teams, who take their training and create learning opportunities for all their staff. The BERC Group has also been beneficial, giving us tools and resources to focus our instructional practices aligned with brain research and to continue striving to meet each student's needs. By measuring our teachers' effectiveness, we leverage professional development in WICOR strategies through AVID to increase classroom instructional tools. Professional learning in AVID increases teachers' collective efficacy in implementing research-based strategies to engage all students in their learning. 

Lastly, we used our funds to purchase an updated English Language Arts curriculum. We contracted with the publishers to provide professional development in-person and virtual training and additional preparatory time.

"What barriers or challenges to SIA implementation have you experienced that are helpful for your community and/or state leaders to be aware of? What adjustments, if any, did you make to your SIA plan as a result of these challenges?"
The North Santiam School District (NSSD) faced minimal issues with implementation this year. While a GLAD/SIOP training was scheduled for early summer, it unfortunately had to be canceled due to low enrollment numbers. The planned activities to support SIA outcomes and strategies are integrated into the District's and its buildings' Continuous Improvement Plans, which ensures a high fidelity of implementation.

"SIA implementation includes ongoing engagement with all students, focal students, families, staff, and community partners. How have relationships with or between those groups changed and/or been maintained throughout this academic year?"
The District has varied in the approach to community engagement by using district surveys, forums, empathy interviews, and school community nights.

NSSD maintained many engagement activities used in our well-established over the past year and utilizes stakeholder input using a continuous improvement process to inform district and site-based achievement, growth, and belonging goals. The data from our YouthTruth surveys for Parents, Staff, and Students played a significant role in assisting our leaders in responding to the unique perspectives of our students, families, and focal groups. In the past two years, NSSD has partnered with the Equity Collaborative to expand engagement activities to include more focal group activities for our students in particular populations. Stayton High School organized listening sessions for specific groups at the high school. The Superintendent encouraged open dialogue with families by hosting 'Soup with Sup' evenings at different locations. The Instructional Services department continued collaborating with the Collaborative Steering Committee, actively seeking feedback from staff across all classifications.

Our next step is to create more consistent dialogue pathways with families and track growth for our targeted outcomes.

"As you think about what guided your choices and prioritization efforts in this year of SIA implementation, what stands out? How will what you’ve learned this year impact future SIA implementation efforts?"
The activities implemented this year revolve around two key areas: social and emotional health and curriculum and instruction. These areas have been confirmed as top priorities by our stakeholders, and analysis of various district data sources shows that the SIA-funded activities are making a significant impact. NSSD strongly focuses on building a comprehensive behavioral and mental health system to address our students' social and emotional learning needs. We have prioritized professional development for teachers, focusing on culturally responsive and evidence-based classroom practices to enhance academic achievement. This effort aims to increase our capacity to support learners within our focal groups. Additionally, there is an ongoing commitment to providing a standards-based curriculum that is both inclusive and rigorous while being responsive to the diverse learning needs of our students.