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Portland Public Schools
Focused on What Counts
Report on Our Schools 2011

See school upgrades in your Portland neighborhood.
Smiling children, cover artwork for the 2011 PPS annual report.

You have a stake in Portland Public Schools. With 47,000 students and 85 schools, PPS is core to every neighborhood. Our schools are your schools.

Here are our latest results — and how we intend to get better, even in a time of tight budgets.

Our goal is to prepare each student with the knowledge and skills he or she needs to succeed in life and help Portland thrive. We’re focused on what counts:

We’re seeing better results. Students have a longer school year. Student achievement has improved at key grades. More students are on track to graduate. Enrollment is growing as more families choose our schools.

And we know we must do better, especially for students of color.

Our schools — your schools — can’t do it alone. We need, and appreciate, your involvement.

Carole Smith
Portland Public Schools Superintendent

Milestones results for 2009-10

Milestones are specific measures at key grades. They are linked to future student educational success.

Percent of students meeting milestones
One-year change
Entering first grade ready to read                                                                     76% Green up arrow *6%
Third-graders exceeding reading benchmark                                                                 46% Green up arrow 4%
Seventh-graders meeting writing standard                                                      52% Red down arrow -3%
Seventh-graders with 90% or better attendance rate                                    83% Green up arrow 1%
Eighth-graders passing algebra                                                                         57% Green up arrow 13%
Students entering 10th grade on track to graduate                                       55% Green up arrow 4%
Graduation rate (Freshmen earning diploma within four years)                55%   NA
Graduation rate (Nat’l Center for Education Statistics — one-year rate)                70% Green up arrow 2%
*Increase over 2007-08, no data collected in 2008-09
First year of ODE cohort rate.