For the first time in its history, Forest Grove's Fern Hill Elementary School earned an 'A' on the Oregon State Report Card.

Fern Hill, which opened in 2003, was rated an 'exceptional' school for 2005-06 by the Oregon Department of Education. Results of the annual assessment were released Oct. 11.

Because it was a new school and the state requires two years of data, Fern Hill had not been rated before.

'We're very pleased,' said David Dorman, principal of the 330-student school. 'We're pretty happy about the fact that a large percentage of our kids tested at or above state benchmarks.'

Dilley Elementary School again earned an 'exceptional' rating by the state, its eighth in a row. Echo Shaw, Harvey Clarke and Joseph Gale elementary schools were rated 'strong,' as were Neil Armstrong Middle School and Forest Grove High School.

Cornelius, Gales Greek and Tom McCall elementary schools were rated 'satisfactory.'

For some of those schools, those ratings were a drop from last year.

In Banks, the elementary school was rated 'strong.' The junior high and high schools received 'satisfactory' ratings.

Gaston Junior/Senior High School was rated 'satisfactory' for the second straight year.

A full analysis of the report card's significance will appear in next week's issue of the News-Times.

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