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August 4, 2009

Oregon Schools Receive 2008-09 Preliminary No Child Left Behind Ratings

SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo today released the preliminary 2008-09 ratings for Oregon public schools under the federal No Child Left Behind standards. The report identifies which schools are making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and Schools in Need of Improvement under state and federal requirements.

Oregon’s 2008-09 Preliminary AYP Report shows:
• 67.6% (853 of 1262 Oregon schools) met AYP standards; last year, 63.0% met.*
• 27.7% (350 of 1262 Oregon schools) did not meet; last year, 37% did not meet.
• 85.5% (636 of 744) of elementary schools met AYP, compared to 82.7% in 2007-08.
• 41.5% (83 of 200) of middle schools met AYP, compared to 31.7% in 2007-08.
• 42.1% (134 of 318) of high schools met AYP compared to 35.5% in 2007-08.
• 59 schools still have a PENDING Rating (school report is not complete).

“I am pleased Oregon schools are making progress in ensuring every child has the opportunity to succeed, but we know there is still much more to do,” Castillo said. “We must ensure that students are getting the targeted support they need and an education that will prepare them for the opportunities and challenges of their futures.”

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.

“Students and educators around the state are working incredibly hard and this year’s preliminary AYP results are a result of their dedication and commitment,” said Castillo. “Even through these tough economic times, Oregon educators are doing everything they can to improve the quality of instruction provided to our students. I am particularly excited to see the gains in middle and high school achievement. We have a long way to go, but we are making progress toward seeing all Oregon graduates leaving our system with the knowledge and skills our 21st century economy demands.”

One of the purposes of the Preliminary AYP Report is to identify schools needing improvement, especially those serving a high percentage of children in poverty and receiving federal funds under Title I. School districts must inform parents and communities about schools identified as needing improvement.

This year, 71 schools have preliminarily been designated as being in need of school improvement – that is, they did not meet AYP for at least two consecutive years in the same subject. Schools that receive Title I funds and do not make AYP 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.

Click here PDF for a list of schools in school improvement, including the number of years they have been in school improvement in a subject.

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 * Comparison of 2008-2009 preliminary data to 2007-2008 final data. -- end --

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

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