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August 2, 2010

Preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress Results Show Seven Out of Ten Oregon Schools Meeting Federal Standards

SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo today released the preliminary 2009-10 ratings for Oregon public schools under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) standards (formerly known as No Child Left Behind). Seventy-two percent of Oregon schools met the federal standard for Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) this year – these preliminary results reveal modest improvements for middle and high schools from last year’s final 2008-09 AYP results.

“While these preliminary AYP results show slight gains for our middle and high schools, they also reveal that far too many Oregon students are still not receiving the supports they need to succeed in school,” Superintendent Susan Castillo said. “We must always remember that behind the data are students who need our help in preparing for their next steps in life. Our focus must always be on these students and their academic growth over time. As our nation moves forward with reauthorization of this federal standard, I will fight to ensure our focus is on recognizing individual student growth and providing the systems of support necessary to raise achievement.”

A closer look at AYP—Oregon’s 2009-10 Preliminary AYP reports show:

• 72.0% (860 of 1195 Oregon schools) met AYP standards, compared to 70.1% in 2008-09.[1]
• 28.0% (335 of 1195 Oregon schools) did not meet, compared to 29.9% in 2008-09.
• 88.6% (628 of 709) of elementary schools met AYP, compared to 88.7% in 2008-09.
• 44.8% (86 of 192) of middle schools met AYP, compared to 40.5% in 2008-09.
• 49.7% (146 of 294) of high schools met AYP, compared to 44.8% in 2008-09.
• 25 elementary and 33 high schools still have a PENDING Rating and are not included in the above calculations.

Under Oregon’s AYP 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. The last increase was in the 2007-08 school year, and the academic targets will increase to 70% for both Mathematics and English/language arts in 2010-11. Schools must also meet an attendance or graduation target to meet overall AYP.

To meet AYP, public schools must also meet these annual performance targets for both the overall student population and for any demographic group within the school that includes 42 or more students. These groups include: socio-economic status, English proficiency, race/ethnicity, and special education.

Consequences for not making AYP (Title I schools)

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 targeted federal funds. This year, 77 schools have been placed on the preliminary “In Need of Improvement” list. Schools on this list have not met AYP for at least two consecutive years in the same subject area. Schools that accept federal 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. For more information regarding resources for schools in Title I school improvement status, including information on assistance and interventions, refer to the 2009-10 Title I-A School Improvement Resource Manual at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1942.

A “No Excuses Attitude” to Creating Student Success

Each year, the Oregon Department of Education recognizes schools that are closing the achievement gap for their minority and low-income students. These schools typically have high percentages of minority and low-income student populations. They also have strong leadership, high expectations for all students, use data to inform instruction, and provide targeted professional development to support teachers.

This past spring, William Walker Elementary in Beaverton and River Road/El Camino del Rio in Eugene were among the schools the state recognized for progress in closing the achievement gap. Both schools have defied the odds of high-poverty and high minority student populations and have met AYP for seven straight years. Claggett Creek Middle School in Salem and Valor Middle School in Woodburn were also recognized this year for their work in closing the achievement gap. Preliminary results show that these two schools have successfully moved out of school improvement status this year. These schools are to be commended for their dedication and hard work. For more information on CTAG schools go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/results/?id=187.

“Our Closing the Achievement Gap schools face tremendous challenges. These schools have high numbers of students learning English and high numbers of students in poverty and yet they are beating the odds. They are showing that it can be done,” said Castillo. “Schools like these are models for the rest of the state and prove that student success is not dependent on income, race, or language of origin.”

• For an FAQ on AYP and Schools in Improvement go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/superintendent/priorities/adequate-yearly-progress-faq.doc MS-Word

• To find AYP reports for a district or school go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx

• For the preliminary list of 2010-11 Title I Schools in Improvement go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1942

• For more information on AYP, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=1193

[1] Comparison of 2009-2010 preliminary data to 2008-2009 final data.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Morgan Allen, Interim Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5920

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