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10/28/2010 4:50:00 PM
Math Achievement Standards Approved

In a move to prepare students for the increased rigors of the new Common Core State Standards and the Oregon Diploma, the Oregon State Board of Education voted today to increase math achievement standards (cut scores) for grades 3-8, effective for the 2010-11 school year. The current high school cut score for "Meets" of 236 will remain the same.

The math achievement standards were reviewed by an expert panel in August as part of a three-year process to align Oregon math achievement standards to the 2007/2009 content standards. Recommendations were made to increase the level of math students are expected to know in elementary and middle school to create better alignment between the lower grades and the new high school graduation requirements for math.

Grade Nearly Meets Meets Exceeds
3 205 212 219
4 212 219 227
5 219 225 234
6 222 227 237
7 228 232 242
8 230 234 245
HS 232 236 251

The Oregon Department of Education is committed to working with schools and districts on strategies to successfully explain this change in cut scores to your parents and communities. While the increased rigor of the new cut scores will initially result in fewer students meeting the achievement standard, this higher bar is necessary to get our students ready for the new Oregon graduation requirements and success after high school. Fewer students meeting the achievement standard will not mean students know less than they did the year before or that they are doing worse in school. These new achievement standards simply require a higher level of mastery of mathematics information and concepts.

In the coming months, ODE will provide districts with talking points and other communication tools to help with these important parent and community conversations. A draft communications plan is already in place, and ODE looks forward to collaborating with our district partners on explaining student achievement priorities to your communities.
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