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Hefty report card rates schools performance

Most Forest Grove schools hit middle of pack in state measurable objectives


The Forest Grove School District received its annual report card from the state Department of Education last week, and officials say the nearly 2-pound document — which cites data from the academic year 2012-13 — is something they’re proud to show to parents and the community.

Assistant Superintendent John O’Neill handed each school board member a three-ring binder titled “The Pathway to Success” Monday night, saying the purpose of Oregon’s Annual Measurable Objectives — another name for the state report card — is to “first display district level data in achievement, growth, graduation and participation, and second, to provide an indication of whether the district has met AMO targets in reading and math.”

In a letter to parents and community members addressing the report results, Superintendent Yvonne Curtis said staff members “take pride in offering a quality comprehensive education that prepares students well for college and career.”

And, she added, “we strive to make students’ educational experience rigorous, culturally relevant and engaging.”

Curtis pointed out such district achievements as Forest Grove High School’s recognition as a national model school for success in closing the achievement gap for all students and Neil Armstrong Middle School’s pilot digital conversion program, in which each student has received his or her own iPad.

More than just a document with numbers and percentages, the report notes there are five different languages spoken in grades K-5 and eight spoken in grades 6-12; that per-pupil spending in Forest Grove is higher than the state average; and how the three sources of funding for the district are broken down.

Report cards rate each school’s successes and challenges and assess how it performed compared to other schools, using standardized test scores and student achievement and growth as yardsticks.

The ratings range from Level 1 to Level 5, with 5 being the top level. Here’s how local elementary schools fared:

n Echo Shaw Elementary School — Level 2 compared to all schools statewide, and average compared to schools with similar demographics. “While this achievement level is lower than what we strive for, we are pleased to see that the performance of our students has increased over last year,” said Principal Perla Rodriguez.

n Fern Hill Elementary School — Level 2 and below average. Principal Naomi Montelongo said that achievement level “is lower than what we strive for, but we are working to increase achievement for all at our school.”

n Harvey Clarke Elementary School — Level 4 and above average. “This means our students are performing well,” said Principal Jerrie Matuszak. “We are pleased to see that the performance of our students has increased compared to last year.”

n Joseph Gale Elementary School — Level 3 and below average. “This achievement level is higher than last year,” said Principal Melissa Carter. “While achievement is higher, we continue to work hard to improve our teaching and learning for all students.”

n Tom McCall Upper Elementary School — Level 3 and average. “While we are proud of our staff and students for this rating, we are always striving for excellence,” said Principal Chandra Cooper.

n Cornelius Elementary School — Level 3 and above average. “While this achievement level is lower than the school’s previous year’s score, we are pleased to see that the growth scores have increased for all students compared to last year,” said Principal Matthew Murray.

n Dilley Elementary School — Level 3 and below average. “We are ranked as an Outstanding School for the 11th year in a row,” said Principal Angella Graves. “And while this overall level is lower than what we strive for, we are pleased to see our academic achievement and growth are ranked higher.”

n Forest Grove Community School — Level 3 and average. “We do not place an emphasis on standardized testing at our school,” said Principal Vanessa Gray, “preferring to use all instructional time to support student learning.”

n Neil Armstrong Middle School — Level 4 and average. “While this overall level is lower than what we strive for, we are pleased to see that our students’ academic growth continued to improve,” Principal Brandon Hundley said.

n Forest Grove High School — Level 4 and above average. “This means our students are performing above the state average on standards-based tests when compared to other students at other Oregon schools,” said Principal Karen Robinson. “However, this year we didn’t perform well on our graduation rate for special education and English language learners. We will focus our efforts on supporting these students with the skills and support they need.”

A copy of the report soon will be available to the public online at fgsd.k12.or.us and at the district office, 1728 Main St., Forest Grove.



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