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November 26, 2013

State Releases Annual Education Report Card

Report offers ‘one stop shop’ for statewide education data

(Salem, Ore.) –
Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton today announced the release of the 2012-13 Statewide Annual Report Card. The report, which has been produced since 1992, contains key information, data, trends, and demographics on Oregon’s K-12 public education system and reports on progress toward meeting key educational goals.

“Education has never been more important to our students or our state,” said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “We live in the information age and a student’s ability to access, digest, and utilize information will, to a greater extent than ever before, determine that student’s future opportunities and success. Our state is undertaking ambitious education reform efforts designed to significantly impact student outcomes. I hope that the information in this report will serve as a valuable tool in the deeper examination and redesign of our education system.”

The 2012-13 Statewide Report Card includes:
  • Student demographics
  • School staff information
  • Test results
  • Dropout and graduation rates
  • Charter school data
  • Early childhood data
  • Alternative education information
  • Public school funding information

“We are in an exciting time of change and transformation, and I want to thank everyone involved in education for their continued passion, dedication, and hard work,” said Deputy Superintendent Saxton. “As I reflect on the past school year, I am even more excited about continuing the critical work at hand in the months and years to come.”

Below are a few of the changes that impacted information in this year’s Report Card along with highlights from the 2012-13 school year.

Highlights of the 2012-13 School Year
  • Dr. Nancy Golden, former Superintendent of the Springfield School District, is Oregon’s new Chief Education Officer. Nancy has been a strong educational leader in our state for decades, and she now works with the Oregon Education Investment Board on designing a coordinated prenatal to graduate school system where funds are invested in strategic outcomes.
  • This past session, in addition to increasing available resources for K-12 schools by nearly $1 billion over the last biennium, the Oregon Legislature passed several bills designed to build on innovation and better align all aspects of the educational experience – from our youngest students to those preparing for careers. House Bill 3232 and House Bill 3233 funded over $70 million in four Strategic Initiatives designed to better support students and educators, kick start innovation, and expand best practices around the state. The funds for these initiatives have already begun to flow out to Oregon schools and classrooms. Click here for a video from the Governor on these important efforts and what they will mean for Oregon.
  • This past year, the Oregon Department of Education underwent a strategic planning process which clarified the agency’s mission, values, goals, and strategic priorities. The agency also reorganized its offices to ensure that student learning remains front and center. As part of this reorganization, ODE created a new Equity Unit focused on closing the achievement gap and meeting the needs of historically underserved students.
  • In October, we released newly redesigned School and District Report Cards. The redesign of the new Report Cards was tied to our state’s federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) waiver and reflects the state’s new accountability system which is more focused on student learning and growth rather than on the percent of students meeting set benchmarks.
  • Nothing is more critical to student success than the teachers and administrators in our schools. Our state continues to focus on better supports for and evaluations of our educators through the Network of Quality Teaching and Learning in the Strategic Initiatives and through the teacher and administrator evaluation models being explored under our federal waiver. The work around educator effectiveness is tied to the broader efforts around school and district improvement and implementation of the Common Core.
  • Implementation of the Common Core State Standards continues to move forward along with preparations for the Smarter Balanced assessment which will be used to assess these rigorous standards starting in 2014-15.
  • Seniors in 2013 were the first required to demonstrate mastery of the Essential Skills of both reading and writing in order to earn a diploma. This year’s seniors will be required to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing, and math.
  • Oregon students continue to perform above the national average on the SAT and ACT college entrance tests.

“Improving education in our state will take all of us, but it will also impact and benefit all of us,” said Deputy Superintendent Saxton. “Our students deserve a rigorous, engaging, relevant education that prepares them for the opportunities and challenges they will face upon graduation. Our educators deserve a system that encourages their professional growth and development and supports their success as practitioners. And our state deserves the economic prosperity and engaged citizenry that stems from a robust, effective education system. This report provides a one stop shop where parents, legislators, educators, and community members can examine the issues, trends, and data surrounding education in our state as we work together to build the system we want for the future.”

A copy of the Annual Statewide Report Card can be found on the Oregon Department of Education website at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1821.


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Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Crystal Greene, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5650
http://www.ode.state.or.us


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