State ratings of schools paused for one year

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State ratings of schools paused for one year

6:54 p.m. PDT October 15, 2015

Parents and community members wanting to learn how their local schools performed academically this past year won’t find it in the latest school report cards issued by the state Department of Education.

This year’s report cards don’t include ratings, as the ratings portion of the report card was dropped due new statewide assessments, making it nearly impossible to compare schools or know whether a specific school is improving or not.

The U.S. Department of Education granted Oregon a one-year waiver on report card ratings in light of the transition to new standards and new statewide assessments in English and Math. The new baseline for the state as a result of the assessment, however, it is included in the report cards, but no overall ratings or comparison school ratings were issued.

Report card ratings will resume on the October 2016 report cards.

“Oregon’s school and district report cards contain a wealth of information for parents and communities about their local schools,” Deputy Superintendent Salam Noor said.

“Student learning is about so much more than a single test score, and these report cards help to paint a more complete picture about the work our schools are doing to support student success. I hope these reports will spark conversations across the state about our schools’ successes, opportunities for growth, and the ways in which we can all support improved educational outcomes for our kids.”

Oregon’s school and district report cards have been released annually since 2000 and were redesigned a few years ago as part of Oregon’s federal flexibility waiver to make them more user-friendly, visual, and better at telling the state’s educational story, as stated in the press release.

To access the school and district report cards online, visit www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx.

npate@StatesmanJournal.com, (503) 399-6745, or follow on Twitter @Nataliempate

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Natalie Pate

Natalie Pate is the education reporter for the Statesman Journal in Salem, Oregon. Natalie has previously worked for organizations and publications such as Direct Relief International, Waging Non-Violence, and Amnesty International USA. She has had stories published with USA Today, Associated Press and Ozy, among others. Natalie earned her B.A. in Politics and French and Francophone Studies (FFS) from Willamette University. During her studies, she wrote a Politics thesis titled, "No One is Dying: How and Why the U.S. Federal Government Avoids Executing Prisoners on Federal Death Row" and an FFS thesis, in French, on cannibalism in the 16th and 17th centuries. Natalie is a journalist, performer, traveler, fiction writer and more. She is working to publish her dystopian novella, "Choice," which follows a man during 24 hours in solitary confinement for allegedly committing murder. For more information on Natalie visit www.about.me/natalie_pate, like her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nataliepatejournalist, or follow Natalie on Twitter (@Nataliempate) or Tumblr (Nataliempate blog "In the Shoes of a Journalist"). Her reporting with the Statesman Journal can also be found at www.StatesmanJournal.com.

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