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Elementary school scores are looking up, but middle and high school scores are down from last year.

Colton students in grades 3-8 and 11 participated in the Smarter Balanced assessments in spring 2017 along with Molalla and schools statewide. Most elementary scores improved this year, but middle school and high school scores saw a steep decline.

GRAPHIC BY KRISTEN WOHLERS - This graph shows the percent of Colton's elementary students who tested as proficient in the areas of English, math and science for last year compared to this year, according to the Smarter Balanced assessment results.

"Everyone is well aware of our areas of growth and working strategically to address them with multi-tiered systems of support," Superintendent Koreen Barreras-Brown said in an email.

The recently released test scores from the Oregon Department of Education show the percent of students in each grade level who test as proficient in a given subject.

GRAPHIC BY KRISTEN WOHLERS - This graph shows the percent of students for area high schools who tested as proficient in a given subject. For instance, 66.9 percent of Canby's eleventh graders who took the test scored as proficient in English language arts.

At the high school level, the English language arts score fell from 80 percent proficient last year to 66 this year, the math score fell from 33.3 percent to just 14 percent this year and the science score came down from more than 95 percent proficient to 68 percent.GRAPHIC BY KRISTEN WOHLERS - This graph shows a comparison of Colton High School's assessment scores from 2015-16 to 2016-17.

The middle school saw most scores fall as well, such as coming down from 70.6 percent proficiency in 8th grade English last year to 43.8 percent this year, nearly a 30 percent drop. GRAPHIC BY KRISTEN WOHLERS - This graph shows the percent of Colton's middle school students who tested as proficient in the areas of English, math and science for last year compared to this year, according to Smarter Balanced assessment results.

As part of the action plan to address this, the district is implementing a Response to Intervention framework with Tori Hazelton as the lead administrator.

Barreras-Brown also intends to actively observe the classrooms in each of the schools.

"I will be doing instructional rounds (in classrooms) with principals and board members quarterly to observe instructional practice to ensure all students have access to [Common Core State Standards] and rigorous learning environments," Barreras-Brown said.

See this week's Colton Corner for more information on the school district's plans for improved academic achievement.


Kristen Wohlers
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