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Department of Education releases report cards for school performance

Hillsboro School District’s schools generally ranked average or above average in the Oregon Department of Education’s yearly School and District Report Cards released Thursday.

The report cards rate every public school district and every public school in the state using multiple measures, including student state test scores, economic and ethnic diversity, dropout rates and many other factors.

Despite below average per pupil spending as compared to the state average — Hillsboro spent $8,900 per student in 2012-13 compared to the state average $9,300 — the vast majority of the district’s 35 schools received ratings of 3 and 4, based on a rating system of 1 to 5.

Three schools — Glencoe High School, Hillsboro Online Academy and W.L. Henry Elementary — received school ratings of 2, placing them in the bottom 15 percent of the schools in the state.

Glencoe received a rating of 3 in 2012-13. HOA was rated for the first time this year since the school opened two years ago.

W.L Henry raised its rating from a 1 in 2012-13.

Lincoln Street Elementary School received a rating of 1, placing it in the bottom 5 percent of schools in the state. The school also received a rating of 1 in 2012-13.

The district’s four-year graduation rate was well above the state average. Hillsboro’s rate was 79.8 percent, compared to the statewide rate of 68.7 percent.

The district’s dropout rate was lower that the state average at 2.9 percent, compared to 4 percent statewide.

The report cards contain a wide array of information, including the percentage of English language learners, economically disadvantaged students and breakdowns of ethnicities at each school.

Report cards also compare individual schools to other schools in the state with similar demographics.

Nine schools in the district have 20 or more languages spoken by students at the school. Century High School has 32 languages, followed by Orenco Elementary School with 28 different languages.

District and school report cards are available on the Hillsboro School District website, hsd.k12.or.us, and on individual school websites.

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