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LO district's high schools score in top 10 percent

Both Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high schools are among the top 10 percent of schools in Oregon, earning the best ranking possible — Level 5 — on the latest state report card.

Four other LOSD schools also scored a Level 5 ranking: Hallinan, Lake Grove, Oak Creek and Westridge elementary schools. Riverdale High School in nearby Riverdale School District also is in Level 5, the Oregon Department of Education website said.

The report card, made public Wednesday, ranks all schools in the state based on academic growth and achievement. High schools also are graded on graduation rates.

The idea behind the report card system, according to Crystal Greene, communications director for the state education department, is to provide “a one-stop shop for parents and community members to look at how schools are doing.”

Report cards are released every fall, with schools ranked on a scale of 1 to 5:

  • Level 1 schools are in the bottom 5 percent;

  • Level 2 schools are in the next lowest 10 percent;

  • Level 3 schools comprise the next 30 percent;

  • Level 4 schools are the next about 45 percent; and

  • Level 5 schools are in the top 10 percent.

    All of the schools in the Lake Oswego School District that did not score a 5 were in the Level 4 category.

    “Four is definitely a strong rating,” Greene said, adding that most schools earn a ranking of Level 3 or 4.

    That’s true in the West Linn-Wilsonville School District, where most of the schools are in Level 4. Yet there are outliers. A couple of schools in the district scored in the top tier; Athey Creek Middle School earned a Level 3 ranking; and one school, the alternative Arts and Technology High School, finished in Level 2.

    Riverdale Grade School earned a Level 3 ranking.

    Much of the actual content used to rank schools isn’t new. ODE officials parse already-released data, such as state test scores, to rate schools, but some of that data is not from last school year. For example, the ratings use high school dropout rates from 2012-13, which were released early this year. Dropout data for the 2013-14 school year is not available yet, because some students took summer school and the data takes months to compile and prepare for distribution, Greene said.

    Also, more information related to the report cards is still to come. Sometime this week, documents will be released for each school that include a letter from the principal and information about school curriculum and the learning environment, Greene said.

    For more information on report cards, visit www.ode.state.or.us.

    By Jillian Daley
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    email: jdaley@lakeoswegoreview.com
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