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Crystal Greene, 503-947-5650

August 3, 2012

95 Oregon Schools to Receive Help in Boosting Student Achievement

ODE identifies Priority, Focus, and Model schools as part of new accountability system

(Salem, OR) – Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction Rob Saxton and Chief Education Officer Rudy Crew today announced that Oregon has identified 95 Oregon schools which will receive additional supports and interventions from the state to help increase student achievement and close persistent achievement gaps. Identification of these schools is one component of Oregon’s new accountability system approved last month by the U.S. Department of Education. Oregon’s new home-grown system relieves the state from many of the mandates of the No Child Left Behind law, formally known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).

“Our education system is tasked with preparing all kids to compete in an increasingly complex and competitive world,” said Acting Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “This list of schools is designed to help ensure our schools have the tools, resources, and supports they need to meet that challenge.”

As part of the federal ESEA waiver application, Oregon developed a new accountability system which uses multiple measures to rate schools. For high schools these measures include academic achievement, academic growth, subgroup growth, graduation rates, and subgroup graduation. For elementary and middle schools the first three measures are used. Schools receive an overall rating based on how well they are doing in each of these areas.

“This new system is designed to better assess how our schools are doing and then provide them with the help they need to turn things around,” said Chief Education Officer Rudy Crew. “We clearly have a ways to go to reach our state’s 40-40-20 Goal, but this new accountability system and the supports we are providing to our schools, puts us firmly on the right track.”

In order to provide support to the schools that need it most, ODE identified high poverty (Title I) Priority schools for additional supports and interventions. These 18 schools represent the bottom 5% of high poverty schools in the state and have been identified as most in need of assistance in turning around student achievement and growth. Also identified as Priority schools are the 17 schools currently receiving ESEA School Improvement Grants (SIG). In addition, the state has identified 60 Focus schools which are in the bottom 15% of high poverty schools and have faced challenges with closing the achievement gap and getting all students to achieve at high levels. These schools will also receive additional supports from the state.

The schools on the Priority and Focus list will conduct a deeper diagnosis to determine the areas in which the school and district are struggling. Based on the results of this review, the school and district leadership, in collaboration with teachers, parents, and the community, will develop a Comprehensive Achievement Plan that specifically addresses how the school and district will tackle problems, turn around achievement, and make progress toward specific goals.

The final category of schools identified this summer are 27 Model schools. These high poverty schools have been identified as examples of successful student outcomes and will serve as models and mentors to other schools around the state. These schools will help share best practices and guide other schools on the journey toward better student outcomes and our state’s 40-40-20 Goal.

For a range of resources on Priority, Focus, and Model schools, click here.

To access the Preliminary list of Priority, Focus, and Model schools, click here PDF.

To access data files with details on all Oregon schools, click here Excel Spreadsheet.

For an FAQ on Priority, Focus, and Model schools, click here PDF.

For more on school improvement efforts, click here.

To access Oregon’s final approved waiver, click here.

Christine Miles, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5637

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