Schools identified as needing assistance

Four local schools on statewide list
Four schools in the 509-J School District were identified as needing state help to boost student achievement under Oregon's new accountability system.
   In Oregon, 95 schools were identified as needing additional support and interventions from the state to close achievement gaps.
   Last month, Oregon instituted a new home-grown accountability system, to replace the No Child Left Behind Act. Oregon's system relieves the state from many of the NCLB mandates. It is known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
   Jefferson County Middle School, Madras High School, and Warm Springs Elementary were labeled "priority schools."
   Priority schools are high poverty schools that were ranked in the bottom 5 percent of Title I schools in the state, based on Oregon's new rating formula.
   These schools generally have very low achievement and growth and need additional supports and interventions to turn things around.
   Schools receiving ESEA School Improvement Grants (previously SIG schools) were also designated as priority schools. JCMS and MHS have received SIG grants in the past.
   Buff Intermediate was labeled a "preliminary focus school."
   Focus schools are high poverty schools which were ranked in the bottom 15 percent of Title I schools and need additional support in closing the achievement gap and addressing achievement for historically underserved subgroup.
   The schools on the priority and focus lists 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, with teachers, parents, and the community, will develop a Comprehensive Achievement Plan that addresses how the school and district will tackle problems, turn around achievement, and make progress toward specific goals.