The annual statewide test results for reading, writing, math, and science are one important indicator of student progress and are used by schools and districts to identify best practices and areas for improvement.
Across Oregon, the percent of students meeting state standard in 2012-13 declined except in high school reading and math.
In Portland Public Schools, results at the kindergarten through 8th grade level stayed flat. PPS saw gains at the high school level in reading and math. These results came even as students last year were no longer permitted to take the tests a third time in order to pass. In 2012-13, the state limited test taking to two tries.
Portland Public Schools’ state test results showed:
Many schools showed strong gains:
For the second year in a row, Madison and Roosevelt high schools showed gains:
Some schools showed significant drops.
King K-8 School had a pronounced drop in test scores across most grade levels last year after dramatic gains the year before. District and school leaders are looking at how best to support students and staff going forward.
“We are pleased that our students continue to outperform the state in key subject areas,” said Superintendent Carole Smith. “But we are not satisfied with the pace of improvement for all of our students. We have been making targeted investments over time that we will continue, and we will be launching new initiatives this year based on proven practices in our schools and nationally. We look forward to accelerating gains.”
Even with significantly fewer dollars over recent years, Portland Public Schools has been investing in early childhood education, early literacy, a successful transition to high school and on-time graduation. The district has seen achievement at key Milestones improve overall while also narrowing the gap between white students and students of color.
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