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September 8, 2011

State Releases 2011 Adequate Yearly Progress Results

Oregon schools receive final educational rating

(SALEM, Ore.) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo today released the final 2010-2011 Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results. The AYP results show fifty-four percent of Oregon schools met the federal standard this year. AYP is the formula used to determine if schools are meeting standards according to the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, formerly known as No Child Left Behind Act.

“With increased federal and state expectations, we are seeing fewer schools meeting AYP targets this year, but we know from recently released test results student achievement is on the rise,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo. “We are not yet where we need to be, but students are making strong gains toward meeting that higher bar and that is a testament to the passion and dedication of Oregon’s teachers and administrators.”

Federal Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) targets increased substantially from last year and despite strong gains in student achievement, fewer schools met this higher bar. In addition, the state increased math expectations for elementary and middle school students, which also impacted the percent of schools meeting AYP.

Oregon’s 2010-11 Final AYP Results Show:
• 54% (684 of 1270) of Oregon schools met AYP standards, compared to 71% in 2009-10
• 46% (587 of 1270) of Oregon schools did not meet AYP, compared to 29% in 2009-10.
• 66% (489 of 754) of elementary schools met AYP, compared to 90% in 2009-10.
• 22% (43 of 195) of middle schools met AYP, compared to 45% in 2009-10.
• 46% (152 of 308) of high schools met AYP, compared to 46% in 2009-10

Under Oregon’s AYP plan for 2010-11, 70% of all students in public schools must reach state benchmarks in English language arts and mathematics. To meet AYP, public schools must 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 demographic groups include: socioeconomic status, English proficiency, race/ethnicity, and special education. Schools must also meet a participation target and an attendance or graduation target to meet overall AYP.

Moving Out of Improvement Status
A key element of AYP is identifying schools needing improvement, especially those serving a high percentage of children in poverty and receiving targeted federal funds known as Title I funds. Schools are placed on the “In Need of Improvement” list if they receive Title I funds and have not met AYP for at least two consecutive years in the same subject area. To move out of school improvement status, schools must then meet standards for two consecutive years in that subject area. The first year schools in improvement meet the target, they are placed in “hold” status and will exit if they meet standards in the second year.

This year, 84 Oregon schools are listed as “In Need of Improvement.” From that list, 16 of these schools entered “hold” status, indicating progress toward moving out of improvement status. Despite the increase in federal targets and the higher math expectations, 15 schools successfully moved out of improvement status this year.

“I am very proud of these 15 schools moving out of improvement status,” said Castillo. “It takes a great deal of focus and dedication from all members of a school community. Moving out of improvement status is especially impressive this year with the higher AYP targets and increased expectations in math. These schools have shown us what is possible when teachers, administrators, parents, and students work together with a laser-like focus on student growth.”

Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act
Today's AYP release sheds more light on the need for Congress to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

“As we move forward with the implementation of the Common Core State Standards and the common assessments which are designed to prepare all of our students for college and career, we need an accountability system that supports and enhances that work,” said Castillo. “I am working with the Governor and with Secretary Arne Duncan on an Oregon waiver proposal. We have helped to develop the national standards and assessments and now we want to be part of designing the next-generation accountability system founded on student growth toward college and career ready goals.”

The US Department of Education has announced they will be accepting waivers from states interested in developing alternate accountability systems. Oregon is just one of many states currently developing a waiver process for the coming school year. More information about Oregon’s waiver process will be available later this year.

AYP Resources and Links
• For an audio clip of Superintendent Castillo go to: http://video.orvsd.org/ode/20110907.mp3
• For an FAQ on AYP and Schools in Improvement, go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/superintendent/priorities/2010-11-adequate-yearly-progress-faq.pdf PDF
• For AYP reports on districts and schools, go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx
• For the final list of 2011-12 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

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

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