Policy Series Reports

Oregon’s Governor John Kitzhaber describes the 40-40-20 Goal as the state’s North Star, its compass for future state success and prosperity.  Passed in 2011 through bipartisan majorities in both state houses, the bill includes a goal that by 2025, 40 percent of Oregonians will have a bachelor degree or higher, 40 percent will have an associate degree or postsecondary credential (including an apprenticeship registered with the State Apprenticeship and Training Council), and 20 percent will have obtained their high school diploma or its equivalent. 

The legislature passed a supplemental bill which called for the creation of a student-centered, unified public education system from preschool through graduate school (P-20) to achieve the 40-40-20 Goal.  The bill additionally called for the creation of the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB), which was charged with ensuring that all students were able to reach the goal and making legislative recommendations to ensure success.

The legislature has taken a number of steps to fund the 40-40-20 Goal. This includes allocating $11.5 million during the 2013-2015 biennium to fund the CTE Revitalization Grant, which supports applied learning of CTE programs, and $8.5 million over the next two years to jumpstart the STEM Investment Grant program to help youth get interested in STEM.

Since that bill’s passage, Oregon has enacted numerous legislative measures aimed at increasing CTE educational and work-based learning programs and connections between secondary and postsecondary education, including the Connecting to the World of Work Program and the Community College Outreach program.  Other initiatives aim to increase dual credit or enrollment opportunities, create additional resources for job opportunities with youth job organizations, and direct a commission to develop standard requirements for associate transfer degrees.

Finally, the state has enacted legislation to ensure communication between the Department of Education, the Department of Community Colleges and Workforce Development, and the Bureau of Labor and Industries, requiring they meet at least four times a year to develop and implement long-term goals relating to career and technical education. The bill also establishes the Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Grant Program, allotting $500,000 over two years. 

Program Contact
Mark Lewis
Director of STEM
Office of the Chief Education Officer
Oregon Education Investment Board
Phone: (503) 373-0072 
Email: mark.lewis@state.or.us

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