Success at the Next Level - Preparing Students to Achieve in Learning and in Life

Achievement Compacts & Milestones

Milestones 2012-13
Portland Public Schools uses two key sets of targets to gauge student achievement at key learning stages.

PPS reports in October on its Oregon Achievement Compact targets, required by the state.

PPS has also continued to track its own Milestone targets since 2007-08, updating the latest results after the February release of graduation rates for the previous year.

Results for 2012-13 and trend summary
The graduation rate for all students is improving while gains are accelerating for historically underserved students.

  • The PPS four-year graduation rate rose 4 percentage points to 67%, the fourth consecutive year of gains. This year-over-year gain was one point shy of the target at this Milestone.
  • PPS met targets for narrowing the gap between white students and the lowest performing student group of color in On Track to Graduate and the graduation rate.
  • PPS missed theReading to Learn targets and On Track to Graduate target for overall improvement.
  • At both Reading to Learn and On Track to Graduate, overall student achievement rose between 2007-08 and 2010-11. In 2011-12, PPS aligned its Milestones with Oregon Achievement Compact standards, resetting the year-over-year comparisons.
Next steps        
PPS launched a community-wide early literacy campaign, Read Big. Read Together, in fall 2013, focused on getting all students reading well by the end of third grade. The Superintendent's 2014-15 preliminary budget includes additional teachers K-12 with a focus on high school as well as replicating practices proven to keep students on track to graduate.

Focus is on students at key stages

We’re using key assessments at each Milestone — from test results to attendance data — to evaluate our school district’s success in preparing our students for success at the next grade level and beyond. In 2012-13, we aligned our Milestone measures with state Achievement Compact measures.

Ready to read – At the beginning of first grade, all students should be ready to read, so they have a foundation for future academic success.

Reading to learn – By the end of third grade, students should be reading to gain an understanding of their world, in a variety of subjects.

Ready for high school – In middle grades, students should have strong attendance habits and the writing and math skills to grasp more demanding content in high school.*

On track to graduate – By the end of ninth grade, students should have earned at least 6 credits and have 90 percent or better attendance.

Graduate from high school on time – Students should have the skills needed for college or a career.

We’re also tracking our success in closing the achievement gap. We’re charting the disparity between the performance of white students and the lowest-scoring racial or ethnic group at each Milestone each year.