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November 30, 2010

Oregon Department of Education Releases Annual Statewide Report Card

SALEM – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo announced today the release of the 2009-10 Oregon Statewide Report Card. This annual publication serves as a compendium of information and trends on Oregon’s K-12 public education system.

“The annual statewide Report Card is a powerful resource for understanding Oregon public education,” said Superintendent Castillo. “I invite you to use this valuable tool in your discussions on education and to join me in our work to support success for every student. Only by working together can we build the education system that our state needs and our students deserve.”

The 2009-10 Statewide Report Card includes:
• Student demographics
• School staff information
• State and national assessment results
• Dropout and graduation rates
• Charter school data
• Early childhood data
• Alternative education information
• Public school funding information

Highlights of the 2009-10 School Year

• More schools met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) with over seventy-one percent of Oregon schools meeting the target last school year. Middle schools made the most significant gains with the percent of schools meeting the target up more than four percentage points.

• Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) scores increased for every grade in mathematics this year. But it was 10th grade reading scores that saw the greatest gains with an impressive five point jump. Science and writing scores were more mixed with drops in elementary and middle school science and high school writing scores this year.

• There was further evidence this year that the academic achievement gap in Oregon is continuing to shrink. Hispanic achievement grew faster than that of white students in all subjects and grade levels this year. While their scores are still below those of many of their peers, the increased growth is a very promising sign that the achievement gap is narrowing for our Hispanic students. However, there were a number of alarming drops in the performance of African American and Native American students in elementary and middle school, particularly in reading performance.

• Oregon students continued to perform above the national average on the SAT and ACT college entrance tests. While Oregon students’ scores only increased slightly for the ACT this year, we saw solid gains in SAT performance with reading and writing scores each up two points this year for public school students. Minority student participation of public school students also increased for the SAT this year.

• This was the first year that Oregon used the cohort graduation rate for accountability purposes. We are now better able to track individual students by following a group of students who enter 9th grade in a given year (the cohort) and seeing how many of them graduate with a regular diploma in four years. Starting next year, schools will be able to meet the graduation targets using either a 4-year cohort rate or an extended 5-year cohort rate. The lower graduation rates we see under the cohort model do not mean that fewer students are graduating. It just means that we are doing a better job of being transparent about where all of our students are ending up after four years in high school. This information will help us make better decisions about how to prepare all kids for graduation.

A copy of the report can be found on the Oregon Department of Education website here: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1821.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Susanne Smith, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5637

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