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Test results reveal mixed bag in local school districts

Western Washington County districts gain, lose in reaching standards


Performance on state tests by students in western Washington County schools — measuring reading, math, science and writing proficiency in 2013-14 — revealed a mixed bag of results.

In Forest Grove, performance at the high school fell a couple percentage points, while also dropping eight percentage points at Neil Armstrong Middle School. At the same time, Echo Shaw Elementary School made dual gains in terms of meeting or exceeding state standards, improving at both levels tested (third- and fourth-grades).

Banks results showed the high school performing better overall, but results at every grade at the elementary level fell.

Junior high students in Gaston performed worse last year than the year before. At the high school, results fell by more than four percentage points.

Across Oregon, annual test results held steady with no large increases or decreases, according to a report released Wednesday, Sept. 10 by state Department of Education Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton.

Small increases and decreases between 2012-13 and 2013-14 varied by grade and subject statewide. Significant achievement gaps remained for students of color, students in poverty and students with special needs.

Forest Grove results:

2013-14/2012-13

n Cornelius Elementary — Grade 3: 32.9 percent/43.8 percent; Grade 4: 58.6 percent/44.4 percent.

n Dilley Elementary — Grade 3: 63.5 percent/53.7 percent; Grade 4: 52.9 percent/82.1 percent.

n Echo Shaw Elementary — Grade 3: 71.4 percent/52.8 percent; Grade 4: 75 percent/50 percent.

n Fern Hill Elementary — Grade 3: 40 percent/32.8 percent; Grade 4: 37.9 percent/51.7 percent.

n Harvey Clarke Elementary — Grade 3: 90.7 percent/73 percent; Grade 4: 81 percent/81.1 percent.

n Joseph Gale Elementary — Grade 3: 49.1 percent/58.5 percent; Grade 4: 64.2 percent/51.2 percent.

n Tom McCall Upper Elementary — Grade 5: 43.8 percent/58.5 percent; Grade 6: 48.2 percent/44.6 percent.

n Neil Armstrong Middle School — Grade 7: 52.4 percent/52.7 percent; Grade 8: 48.2 percent/60.2 percent.

n Forest Grove High — Grades 9-12: 83.4 percent/85.5 percent.

n Forest Grove Community School — Grade 3: 54.2 percent/52 percent; Grade 4: 57.7 percent/58.3 percent; Grade 5: 68 percent/56 percent; Grade 6: 61.5 percent/61.5 percent; Grade 7: 64 percent/60 percent; Grade 8: 85 percent/69.2 percent.

Banks results:

2013-14/2012-13

n Banks Elementary — Grade 3: 59.2 percent/62.7 percent; Grade 4: 54.4 percent/69.4 percent; Grade 5: 61.1 percent/62.8 percent; Grade 6: 52.7 percent/53.9 percent.

n Banks Junior High — Grade 7: 61.5 percent/74.2 percent; Grade 8: 71.1 percent/65.9 percent.

n Banks High — Grades 9-12: 82.1 percent/79.4 percent.

Gaston results:

2013-14/2012-13

n Gaston Elementary — Grade 3: 45.2 percent/58.5 percent; Grade 4: 57.4 percent/61.8 percent; Grade 5: 54.8 percent/53.5 percent; Grade 6: 47.9 percent/45.2 percent.

n Gaston Junior/Senior High — Grade 7: 42.6 percent/53.1 percent; Grade 8: 39.4 percent/55 percent; Grades 9-12: 67.5 percent/71.9 percent.

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