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Priority, Focus, and Model Schools

Oregon has identified 92 Oregon schools which will receive additional supports and interventions from the state to help increase student achievement and close persistent achievement gaps. Identification of these schools is one component of Oregon’s new accountability system approved July 2012 by the U.S. Department of Education.

As part of the federal ESEA Flexibility Waiver, Oregon developed a new accountability system which uses multiple measures to rate schools. For high schools these measures include academic achievement, academic growth, subgroup growth, graduation rates, and subgroup graduation. For elementary and middle schools the first three measures are used. Schools receive an overall rating based on how well they are doing in each of these areas.

In order to provide support to the schools that need it most, ODE identified high poverty (Title I) Priority schools for additional supports and interventions. These 20 schools represent the bottom 5% of high poverty schools in the state and have been identified as most in need of assistance in turning around student achievement and growth. Also identified as Priority schools are the 13 schools currently receiving ESEA School Improvement Grants (SIG). In addition, the state has identified 60 Focus schools which are in the bottom 15% of high poverty schools and have faced challenges with closing the achievement gap and getting all students to achieve at high levels. These schools also receive additional supports from the state. The final category of schools identified are Model schools. These high poverty schools have been identified as examples of successful student outcomes and serve as models and mentors to other schools around the state. These schools help share best practices and guide other schools on the journey toward better student outcomes and our state’s 40-40-20 Goal.

Below please find resources and documents related to the designation of Oregon’s Priority, Focus, and Model schools.

Updated Priority, Focus and Model Schools list PDF   10/31/2014 (532.84 KB)

Other Title I Schools list PDF   11/19/2014 (567.73 KB)

Targeted Other Title I Schools list PDF   12/10/2014 (549.10 KB)

Archived lists for 2013-14 PDF   10/31/2014 (1.67 MB)

Priority, Focus and Model School Guidance, updated August 2014 PDF   08/13/2014 (735.88 KB)

One-Page Summary Supports & Interventions for Priority & Focus Schools, August 2014 PDF   09/19/2014 (332.98 KB)

Required 2014-2015 District Set Asides for Priority and Focus Schools MS-Word  07/28/2014 (15.21 KB)

Priority and Focus School Continuous Achievement Plan Guest Login Excel Spreadsheet   11/26/2013 (41 KB)

Priority and Focus FAQ MS-Word  12/10/2014 (20.40 KB)

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