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School board approves Achievement Compact goals

October 29, 2012

The Portland School Board approved increased student achievement targets for the 2012-13 school year as part of the school district’s Achievement Compacts with the state of Oregon. Achievement Compacts require school districts to set goals for student learning and engagement at important academic grades and subjects.

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The purpose of setting targets is to enable Oregon to meet a goal of having 100 percent of Oregon students completing high school or its equivalent by 2025, with 80 percent of students going on to obtain a two- or four-year degree. In addition to setting targets for overall increases in student achievement, the Achievement Compact includes targets for increased student achievement among historically underserved student populations (including low-income students, students with disabilities, students with limited English proficiency and students of racial sub groups).

Every school district’s Achievement Compact also indicates the difference between current state funding and fully-funded schools. According to state data, PPS receives $117,600,000 less in state funding than the school district would receive if it was fully funded.

The targets for the 2012-13 school year that the Portland School Board approved include:

  • Four year graduation rate: increasing the overall 4-year graduation rate by 3 percentage points (an annual percentage that would enable Portland to reach 100 percent high school completion by 2025). For 2012-13, the target for Portland’s 4-year graduation rate is 65 percent overall and 54 percent for historically underserved students.
  • Third grade reading proficiency: Increasing the percentage of students meeting or exceeding reading benchmarks at third grade by setting a target of a 5 percentage point gain, up to 81 percent for 2012-13. The target for historically underserved students would also increase 5 percentage points to 71 percent. On an annual basis, this would enable PPS to approach 100 percent of students reading well at third grade by the time 2012-13 kindergartners complete third grade.
  • Third grade math proficiency: Increasing the percentage of students meeting or exceeding math benchmarks at third grade by setting a target of a 3 percentage point gain, to 71 percent for 2012-13. The target for historically underserved students would also increase 3 percentage points, to 58 percent.
  • Sixth grade on track: Increasing the percentage of students who have 90 percent attendance by 1 percentage point for 2012-13, to 90 percent. The target for historically underserved students would also increase 1 percentage point to 88 percent.
  • Ninth grade on track: Increasing the percentage of students who are on-track to graduate after ninth grade by 5 percentage points for 2012-13, to 75 percent. The target for historically underserved students would also increase 5 percentage points to 64 percent.

The school board voted 4-3 to approve the Achievement Compact targets for 2012-13. Student representative Alexia Garcia voted no. Directors Regan and Sargent asked school district staff to set higher graduation rate targets. Director Adkins expressed concern that the state funding would not be sufficient to accomplish the school district’s goals.

School board chair Martin Gonzalez asked PPS staff to return with a resolution that would relate the Achievement Compact goals to the 5 point gains that PPS has targeted over the past three years at similar academic grades and subjects through PPS’ Milestones framework.

 
 

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