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October 11, 2012
State Releases Report Cards and Gears Up for Redesign
Parents and community members invited to provide feedback on next gen report cards
(Salem, Ore.) – Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton today released the report card ratings for Oregon’s K-12 public schools and districts. These annual report cards provide parents and community members with an overview of school performance in the areas of student achievement, attendance/graduation, participation, and student growth, in addition to key school statistics, demographics, and an overall rating. This will be the final year Oregon releases the current version of the school report cards. As part of the state’s federal flexibility waiver, the school report cards will be redesigned to provide better information to parents and communities on how our students, schools, and districts are doing.
“Part of having strong, vibrant, and successful schools is having engaged and informed families and communities,” said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “I am incredibly excited by the work underway to redesign the Oregon Report Cards to ensure they provide the information our parents and communities need about student and school performance. Our state is embracing a new model for education – one that is better coordinated, more student-centered, and more focused on key outcomes. We need to have a report card that is aligned to, and supports, that vision for education, and that is what this redesign process is all about.”
As part of Oregon’s federal flexibility waiver, the state proposed designing a new State Report Card. Since the timing of the waiver approval did not allow for a redesign to occur before this year’s report card release, this year’s reports will look much as they have in the past. The main change is the removal of overall Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) designations since these are no longer required under Oregon’s waiver. In addition, schools which were identified as Priority, Focus, or Model schools this summer under Oregon’s new accountability system received a note of this new designation on their Report Card. Priority, Focus, and Model schools are high-poverty schools identified as needing additional supports and interventions (Priority and Focus) or as examples of student success (Model).
A school’s overall designation on the report card is determined by a rating system which looks at student achievement on state reading and math tests, growth in student achievement, participation on reading and math tests, and graduation or attendance rates. How well a school does in these areas determines whether they are identified as Outstanding, Satisfactory, or In Need of Improvement.
Oregon’s 2011-2012 School Report Card Ratings
As in previous years, these Report Cards provide an overview of school data including information on student performance on state tests, student growth, attendance, graduation rates, dropout rates, class size, enrollment, percent English Language Learner, SAT scores, expulsions due to weapons, and information on staffing and teacher education/experience, in addition to a school’s overall report card rating. District Report Cards provide an overview of how all of the schools in a particular district performed and how the district compares to the state overall.
Over the coming months, stakeholders from around the state will provide feedback on the redesign of these report cards. This fall and winter, a state-wide online survey will solicit feedback on the changes people would like to see made to these reports, and focus groups made up of parents, educators, administrators, and students will make recommendations on the redesign process. Guiding this work is a Report Card Redesign Steering Committee which will meet regularly over the coming months and will present a final recommendation to the Oregon Department of Education in late February. A website with additional information on the redesign process will be online later this fall.
“I want to encourage parents, community members, business partners, students, and educators alike to participate in this redesign process,” said Deputy Superintendent Saxton. “We want and need all of your ideas, feedback, and suggestions in order to build the world-class report card we envision for our state. These report cards are designed for you, and you should have the opportunity to help design them. Thank you in advance for participating in this important work.”
In addition to the School and District Report Cards, ODE also released an updated Priority, Focus, and Model schools list today. In the final data validation which occurs in advance of the report card release, a data irregularity was identified. As a result, there have been some changes to the final Priority, Focus, and Model schools list. Three new Model schools have been identified. Nine Focus schools have been removed from the list. One school had its designation change from Priority to Focus, and 8 new schools have been identified as Focus schools. Click here for the final updated list. ODE is working with the newly identified schools to implement the focused support available to Priority and Focus schools already engaged in the process. The Focus schools removed from the list will no longer have the designation; however, they all have the opportunity to retain their coaches and undergo the school appraisal process.
For an audio clip from Deputy Superintendent Saxton go to: http://video.orvsd.org/ode/Report-Card.MP3
School and district report cards are available on the Department’s website at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx
Media can access the statewide data files by district or county at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/media.aspx
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