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Crystal Greene, 503-947-5650

October 6, 2011

State Releases School and District Report Cards

Schools show progress toward meeting higher state and federal standards

(SALEM, Ore.) – State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo today released the report card ratings for Oregon’s K-12 public schools. The annual report cards provide parents and community members with a comprehensive overview of each school’s performance in the areas of academic achievement, attendance or graduation, and participation, along with key school statistics and an overall rating.

“Our schools are working incredibly hard to meet higher state and federal standards, but as anticipated, fewer Oregon schools received an Outstanding rating on the report card this year,” said State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo. “We have raised the bar in math, toughened graduation standards, and asked our schools to meet more challenging federal expectations. We have done all of this because we know these higher standards are the right thing for our students and our state. There is clearly still work to be done to get all of our students and schools to meet this higher bar—but as I look at the gains in student achievement we saw this year, I know our schools are on the right track.”

The Oregon School Report Cards provide a thorough overview of school data. This data includes Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) ratings, information on student test performance and school improvement, attendance, graduation rates, dropout rates, class size, SAT scores, expulsions due to weapons, teacher education and experience, and information on student growth. District Report Cards provide an overview of how all of the schools in a particular district performed and how the district compares to the state overall.

Oregon’s 2010-2011 School Report Card Ratings
  • 28% of schools (333 out of 1182) were rated Outstanding (last year 37%)
  • 64% of schools (751 out of 1182) were rated Satisfactory (last year 59%)
  • 8% of schools (98 out of 1182) were rated In Need of Improvement (last year 4%)
  • 104 schools were not rated due to their small size or because they have been open for less than two years.

Click here MS-Word for a list of statewide ratings by elementary, middle, and high school.

“The Oregon School Report Cards are designed to encapsulate all of the most important information about our schools and present it in one easy to use format—a one-stop-shop, if you will—providing a comprehensive look at how our schools are doing,” said Castillo. “These reports can provide us with valuable information about our schools’ strengths and weaknesses, but no report can truly sum up a school. We can capture test results and demographics but we can’t capture the spirit, passion, and dedication of our teachers and school staff. If you have questions about anything you see in these report cards, I encourage you to visit your local school, talk to the staff, and see firsthand the work that is going on there.”

Changes from Last Year
As Oregon raises standards and places increased emphasis on college- and career-readiness, changes have been made to the School and District Report Cards to ensure the ratings remain accurate and reflective of these priorities and goals. Changes this year included:
  • Graduation rates based solely on the more rigorous cohort graduation model (rates based on the percentage of students who graduate within 4 or 5 years of entering high school).
  • Increased weight on graduation rates in the high school formula.
  • Changes to the achievement index used in rating high schools to adjust for change in high school testing year.
  • New graphs illustrating growth in math achievement at the elementary and middle school level (needed due to the change in math achievement standards).

Looking Ahead
The School and District Report Cards represent the main state-developed accountability system in Oregon, incorporating features not offered in federal systems, including the ability to track individual student growth and learning. Student learning and growth are key to a successful education system, and as Oregon moves forward with a federal No Child Left Behind waiver proposal, the Oregon School Report Card will provide a strong starting point for that work.

“Currently, we are required to produce separate federal and state reports on how our students and schools are doing,” said Castillo. “These different accountability systems are confusing and do not provide the clarity and consistency our schools and communities deserve. In our waiver request, we will pursue a streamlined system with a single, unified report on the progress of our schools.”

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

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