The states newly designed report cards were released Thursday, with local schools scoring across the board.
The new design allows for a letter from the principal or superintendent, a school or district profile with demographic charts, two overall ratings comparing the school with the rest of the state and with school that have similar demographics, student performance over time, outcomes by student groups, information on curriculum and learning environment and high school data, such as graduation, dropout rates, percent of freshmen on track to graduate and percent of students going on to college.
These report cards are designed to provide parents and community members with important information about their schools and districts, and it was essential that the audience for these reports had a strong voice in their redesign, said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton in a press release. Our education system is changing, our schools are changing, and we needed these report cards to change as well to better tell our schools stories.
As part of the states federal waiver application, Oregon developed a new accountability system, using multiple measures to rate schools. For high schools these measures include academic achievement, academic growth, subgroup growth, graduation rates, and subgroup graduation. For elementary and middle schools the first three measures are used.
Schools receive an overall rating of Level 1 through 5 based on how well they are doing in each of these areas. Level 1 schools represent the bottom 5 percent of schools. Level 2 schools represent the next lowest 10 percent. Level 3 makes up approximately the next 30 percent of schools. Level 4 represents the largest share of schools, those that fall between 44 and 90 percent of schools. Level 5 represents the top 10 percent.
Last year ODE identified a list of Focus and Priority schools using our new accountability model. These schools were the lowest performing, high poverty (Title I) schools in the state and have been receiving additional supports, interventions and funding to increase student success. Unlike the Focus and Priority schools which are designated for four years, the Model school designation is done annually. They are high poverty schools that have been identified as examples of successful student outcomes.
While no local schools made the Model list this year, Woodburn Arthur Academy and St. Paul High School did score a Level 5.
These outstanding results are due to many factors, such as a dedicated staff that is always looking for innovative ways to make our students educational experiences meaningful, exciting, rigorous, and relevant,?said St. Paul High School Principal Wes Owens in the report card principals message. Equally important is the fact that we have supportive parents/families, a gracious community and strong leadership from our Board.
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Despite a Level 1 rating, Douglas Avenue Alternative School, now renamed Sam Brown Academy, is still a Focus School.
The numbers tell only part of the story,?said Principal Sylvia Valentine-Garcia. The students attending our school are often credit deficient and take longer than four years to graduate. Our staff has implemented proficiency-based assessments to allow our students to earn credits at their own pace.
Other Focus Schools are Academy of International Studies, Lincoln and Nellie Muir Elementary Schools and Brooks Elementary (now Gervais Elementary) School. Priority Schools are Washington Elementary and Success High School.
Report cards for districts and schools are available to view at www.ode.or.us/data/reportcard/.