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November 30, 2012

Annual Report Offers Statewide Perspective on Education

Deputy Superintendent Saxton reflects on where we are, looks to the future

(Salem, Ore.)
– Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton today announced the release of the 2011-12 Oregon Statewide Report Card. This annual report contains key information, data, trends and demographics on Oregon’s K-12 public education system.

“Our state has set an ambitious goal – 100% high school graduation by 2025 with at least 40% of students receiving a 4-year degree and 40% receiving a community college or other workforce credential,” said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “As we ask more of our schools, we must also ask more of ourselves as citizens and community members. Our schools cannot do this important work alone. My hope is that this report will help contribute to the conversations going on around the state about where we are, where we need to be, and what role we can all play to help achieve the outcomes we want and need for our students.”

The 2011-12 Statewide Report Card includes:
• Student demographics
• School staff information
• Test results
• Dropout and graduation rates
• Charter school data
• Early childhood data
• Alternative education information
• Public school funding information

“The education landscape in Oregon has changed significantly in the past year and will continue to change even more in the years to come,” said Deputy Superintendent Saxton. “In my opinion, there has never been a more exciting time to be involved in education in our state.”

Below are a few of the changes that impacted information in this year’s Report Card along with highlights from the 2011-12 school year.

2011-12 Highlights
  • There have been significant changes to the education leadership at the state level this year. Governor John Kitzhaber became the Superintendent of Public Instruction and appointed Rob Saxton to serve as his Deputy Superintendent and head up the operations and reorganization of the Oregon Department of Education. Governor Kitzhaber also appointed Dr. Rudy Crew as the state’s first Chief Education Officer. Dr. Crew is charged with coordinating Oregon’s education system from birth through graduate school and works with the Oregon Education Investment Board to ensure the funding of our system is aligned to key outcomes.
  • Oregon applied for, and was granted, a waiver from the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) also known as the No Child Left Behind Act. This waiver provides our state with additional flexibility to build a locally designed accountability system that better meets the needs of our students and our schools, focusing on student growth and learning rather than solely on how many students reach federal achievement targets.
  • As part of the waiver application, Oregon is developing a next generation accountability system which uses multiple measures to rate schools. Using this system, ODE identified a list of Priority, Focus, and Model schools this past summer. These high poverty schools have been identified as needing additional supports and interventions (Priority and Focus) or as examples of successful student outcomes (Model).
  • We are piloting new models of teacher and administrator evaluations to ensure our educators have all of the tools they need to be highly effective at their jobs.
  • We continue to move forward with implementation of the Common Core State Standards and prepare for the Smarter Balanced assessment which will be used to assess these rigorous, national standards starting in 2014-15.
  • In 2011, the State Board of Education adopted higher expectations for elementary and middle school students in reading. This change aligned Oregon’s standards with rigorous national and international expectations and provides students, parents, and teachers with better information about how prepared students are to meet Oregon’s high school graduation requirements and graduate college and career-ready.
  • Seniors in 2012 were the first required to graduate with the Essential Skill of Reading. This year’s seniors will be required to demonstrate proficiency in both reading and writing with math being added on for this year’s juniors.
  • Oregon students continue to perform above the national average on the SAT and ACT college entrance tests with more students taking the tests each year.
“We are undertaking bold and substantive changes to our education system, changes which have the potential to transform how we do our work and the outcomes we see for our students,” said Deputy Superintendent Saxton. “I hope that as you explore the information in this report it will spark conversations around the past, the present, and – most importantly – the future of education in our state.”

A copy of the Annual Statewide Report Card can be found on the Oregon Department of Education website at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1821.

Rob Saxton , Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Crystal Greene, Communications, Telephone (503) 947-5650

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