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The Public Service Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Audits Division. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

The Public Service Building in Salem houses the central offices of the Department of Education. (Oregon State Archives Photo)

Present Duties

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) oversees the education of over 560,000 students in Oregon’s public K–12 education system. ODE is also in charge of public preschool programs, the state School for the Deaf, regional programs for children with disabilities, and education programs in Oregon youth corrections facilities. The Oregon State Constitution of 1859 established a system of common schools, but it wasn’t until 1951 when the Legislature dictated that the state’s Department of Education would be the central agency responsible for the state’s general educational activities. The governor serves as the superintendent of schools and appoints a deputy superintendent of public instruction to oversee the department. ODE is directed by the State Board of Education which sets educational policies and standards for Oregon’s public school districts and education service districts. The board is comprised of seven members appointed by the governor.


ODE and the board focus on helping school districts achieve both local and statewide goals and priorities through strategies such as developing policies and standards, providing accurate and timely data to inform instruction, training teachers to use data effectively, administering numerous state and federal grants, and sharing and helping districts implement best practices. The goals of ODE include graduating our students as college and career ready, closing the achievement gap, improving teacher and administrator effectiveness, increasing performance for all schools and districts, and contributing to a strong, seamless education system from early childhood through higher education.


ODE employs approximately 450 people and is headquartered in Salem. In 2013, the Legislature, in an effort to better streamline and coordinate educational programs and services, merged early childhood and youth development programs into the department and created two new divisions: the Early Learning Division and the Youth Development Division.

 

Agency Subdivisions

Information about this agency's divisions, offices, programs, etc.

 

Contact Information

Mailing Address: 255 Capitol St. NE, Salem 97310-0203
Telephone: 503-947-5600
Fax: 503-378-5156

Email: ode.frontdesk@ode.state.or.us
Contact: Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Administrative Rules Coordinator Email: Cindy Hunt
Records Officer Email: Esther Mangini
Staff Directory from Oregon.gov
Location Map: by Yahoo! Maps


Legal and Legislative Information

Statutory Authority: ORS 326.111
Budget Analysis (pdf) - by Legislative Fiscal Office
Audit Reports - select agency from menu


Records, Publications and General Information

Agency History (pdf) - a detailed history of the agency
Records Retention Schedule (pdf) - a list of the public records kept at the agency
State Archives Holdings - a select list of the agency's records available for research at the State Archives
State Library Publications - a link to the Oregon State Library Catalog