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March 24, 2010

Superintendent Castillo Announces Oregon’s Performance on National Reading Assessment Holds Steady for 4th and 8th Graders

Oregon 8th Graders above and 4th Graders at U.S. Average

SALEM - State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced today the release of Oregon's results for the 2009 National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) reading assessment. Also known as The Nation's Report Card, the test was administered to a representative sample of Oregon 4th and 8th graders in late January to early March last year.

"Reading is fundamental to academic success. A student who can read well has an increased learning potential in all subjects. While Oregon isn’t losing ground during these challenging economic times, the results point to the need for continued focus on reading acquisition for our students,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo. “Toward this end, we have developed a K-12 Literacy Framework to support effective reading instruction with the aim of boosting student achievement.”

The results of NAEP indicate no statistical change for Oregon’s 4th graders who scored an average of 218, not statistically different from the national average of 220.* In 2007, Oregon 4th graders scored an average of 215, but based on margin of error, the three point increase is not statistically significant. The national 4th grade NAEP scaled score for 2009 held steady with no statistical change reported. Reflecting a national trend, Oregon was among 45 states/jurisdictions to hold steady on 4th grade reading.

Oregon 8th graders scored an average of 265, higher than the national average of 262. In 2007, Oregon 8th graders scored an average of 266; there is no statistical significance in the one point decrease. National scores for 8th grade reading rose one point from 2007. Oregon was among 43 states/jurisdictions to hold steady on 8th grade reading.

The performance of Oregon’s minority and free and reduced lunch students held steady across all groups in both 4th and 8th grade.

“The high school class of 2012, this year’s sophomores, must demonstrate proficiency in reading to graduate from high school,” said Castillo. “Our new Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework is aimed at enhancing reading instruction across all the subject areas so that our students can achieve greater success and meet these increased graduation requirements,” said Castillo.

The research-based Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework, developed by the Literacy Leadership State Steering Committee (LLSSC) and adopted by the Oregon State Board of Education in December 2009, was designed to support effective reading instruction. The Framework is a roadmap for schools on how to improve reading outcomes using data to support each student’s needs. The Framework focuses on teaching strategies at the secondary level across all the subject areas. For more information regarding the Oregon K-12 Literacy Framework go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=2568

To access the national & Oregon results for NAEP 2009 reading, please visit: http://nationsreportcard.gov/

To access a NAEP FAQ, please visit: http://www.ode.state.or.us/superintendent/priorities/naep-faq-reading.doc MS-Word

For background information on NAEP including governing policies and sample test items, go to: http://nagb.org/flash.htm

*NAEP results are reported on a scale of 1 – 500.


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Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Morgan Allen, Interim Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5920
http://www.ode.state.or.us


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