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November 10, 2009

Oregon Releases School & District Report Cards for 2008-2009 School Year

SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo today released the report cards for Oregon public elementary, middle, and high schools, the 11th year the Department of Education has issued the ratings. The new report card includes two significant improvements: the inclusion of the state’s new Growth Model and a simplified rating scale for schools.

“Oregon continues to be a leader in giving parents timely, useful information about their children’s schools,” said Castillo. “This year’s report card includes important new resources to provide a better picture of students’ academic growth and a clearer rating process to ensure consistency with federal No Child Left Behind ratings. Parents and the general public should find this information helpful in understanding what is happening in their local classrooms.”

Oregon’s 2008-2009 School Report Card Ratings
• 34% of schools (399 out of 1171) were rated Outstanding
• 61% of schools (711 out of 1171) were rated Satisfactory
• 5% of schools (61 out of 1171) were rated In Need of Improvement
117 schools were not rated due to their small size or being open for less than two years.

Each fall, Oregon releases three major reports on public schools: the Oregon school report cards; student achievement on state tests in reading, writing, mathematics, and science; and the federal Adequate Yearly Progress report required under No Child Left Behind. Of the three reports, the school report cards offer the most complete look at how schools are performing because they include a more thorough review of school quality. Included in Oregon’s school report cards is information on student test performance, school improvement, attendance, dropout rates, class size, SAT scores, expulsions due to weapons, and teacher education and experience.

New Growth Model & Rating System

The latest report card includes two important changes to increase accountability of schools and ensure consistency in which schools are being identified as needing improvement: a Growth Model and simplified rating scale. The new Growth Model measures student learning over time to demonstrate whether schools are helping students make progress towards meeting state achievement standards. The new report card uses three overall ratings for schools: Outstanding, Satisfactory and Needs Improvement. Previously, schools had been identified as Exceptional, Strong, Satisfactory, Low, or Unacceptable.

Under the Growth Model, students performing below grade level are assigned targets for improving performance – typically with the goal of bringing the student up to grade level standards within three years. For accountability purposes on the report card, schools are evaluated based on whether students are hitting the targets set by the Growth Model.

The new simplified rating system will more closely align Oregon’s state rating system with federal No Child Left Behind ratings. Previously, a school could have received a “Strong” or “Exceptional” rating on Oregon’s school report card and also be rated as “Not Meeting” Adequate Yearly Progress on the federal report. This will not be possible under the new rating system which place limits on report card ratings based on AYP designations.

School and district report cards will be available on the Department’s website after 10 a.m. today at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx

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

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