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September 3, 2009

Final 2008-09 No Child Left Behind Ratings for Oregon Schools

SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo today released the final 2008-09 ratings for Oregon public schools under the federal No Child Left Behind standards. The report updates the preliminary ratings released this August of which schools are making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) under state and federal requirements. The final scores resolve the 59 schools that were still pending as of the August release.

Oregon’s 2008-09 AYP data shows:
• 70.1% of public schools met AYP standards in 2008-2009 (up from the preliminary report of 67.6%); 62.9% of schools met in 2007-2008.
• 29.9% of public schools did not meet AYP (up from the preliminary report of 27.7%); last year, 37% did not meet.
• 88.7% of elementary schools met AYP (up from the preliminary report of 85.5%); last year, 82.7% met.
• 40.5% of middle schools met AYP (down from the preliminary report of 41.5%); last year, 31.7% met.
• 44.8% of high schools met AYP (up from the preliminary report of 42.1%); last year, 35.5% met.

“Today’s final ratings confirm that we are making progress in ensuring every Oregon child is prepared with the essential skills to succeed in life,” said Castillo. “Challenges clearly remain – tight resources, rising standards, a continued gap in academic achievement among historically underperforming groups – but recent assessment data shows Oregon schools are on the right track.”

No Child Left Behind requires all students to meet state standards by 2014 and requires schools to meet targets each year in order to meet the Adequate Yearly Progress definition of the law. This is the seventh year states have issued AYP ratings under No Child Left Behind. Under Oregon’s NCLB plan for this year, 60% of all students in public schools must reach state benchmarks in English/language arts and 59% of students must meet state benchmarks in mathematics. Last raised for the 2007-08 school year, the academic targets will increase another ten points in 2010-11. Schools must also meet an attendance or graduation requirement to meet overall AYP.

As part of AYP, students have their progress measured and reported by the following population groups: economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, English language learners, and racial and/or ethnic groups. For more information on AYP, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1193 Final results for districts and schools can be accessed on the Department’s website here: http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx

Schools that receive federal Title I funding and do not meet AYP for at least two consecutive years in the same subject are designated as being in need of improvement. Schools in improvement are required to provide students with the opportunity to transfer to another school in the district. Title I schools that do not make AYP for a third consecutive year must provide students with supplemental services, such as tutoring or after-school assistance. Schools that do not meet AYP targets beyond three years are required to take additional corrective actions. The Department is revising the preliminary list of schools in improvement for the upcoming school year and will make it available on our website Friday, September 4.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Jake Weigler, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5650

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