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Oregon school report cards released

October 11, 2012

According to report cards released Thursday by the Oregon Department of Education, 83% of PPS schools were rated “satisfactory” or better.

Schools were assigned one of three labels based on how students performed on the state’s standardized tests, improvement compared to previous years and graduation rates: “outstanding,” “satisfactory,” or “in need of improvement.” The report cards are conversation starters – highlighting where schools are succeeding and where they need to focus.
This is the final year ODE will release the current version of the school report cards.  As part of the state’s federal flexibility waiver, the school report cards will be redesigned to provide better information to parents and communities on how our students, schools, and districts are doing.
Superintendent Carole Smith noted, “This is a year of adjustment for PPS and for schools across Oregon.” Adding, “Aligning school report cards with our local Milestones framework, and with the new Oregon Achievement Compacts, will allow us to better track our progress in relation to schools and districts across the state.”
For the 2011-12 school year:
  • 43% of PPS schools (38) earned the state’s highest ranking
  • 83% of PPS schools (73) earned “satisfactory” or better
  • 17% of PPS schools (15) were rated “in need of improvement.” Of those 15 schools, 10 met student achievement standards. They were tripped up by low graduation rates or they failed to test enough students.
Six schools moved from “satisfactory” in 2011 to “outstanding” in 2012: Cleveland, Robert Gray, Sabin, Sellwood and Opal Charter. SEI Charter moved from “in need of improvement” to “satisfactory.”
Nine schools lost ground. Atkinson, Benson and Roseway Heights moved from “outstanding” to “satisfactory,” and Jackson, Ockley Green, Rigler, Rosa Parks and Woodlawn dropped from “satisfactory” to “in need of improvement.” Lincoln dropped from “outstanding” to “in need of improvement.”

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