Lake Oswego school scores are above average or in the top 10 percent

The redesigned report cards for Oregon’s K-12 public schools are available to the public today.

The annual report cards are a data-driven measurement of the state of education in Oregon. They serve as an assessment of 197 school districts, and the latest report cards will include the newly released state assessment scores from the 2012-13 school year.

The upgrade to the report cards, which involved input from educators and the public, is the biggest redesign since the state first released its report cards in 2000. The changes have altered how report cards measure student test results. The aim is to achieve a more accurate measurement of student academic growth.

Schools will be rated as level 5, the top 10 percent; level 4, above average; level 3, below average but not in the lowest 15 percent; level 2, in the lowest 15 percent; and level 1, in the lowest 5 percent. There is not an “average” ranking.

All Lake Oswego schools were ranked level 4 or 5, including:

  • Lake Oswego and Lakeridge high schools: level 5

  • Lakeridge and Lake Oswego junior high schools: level 4

  • Lake Grove and Oak Creek elementary schools: level 5

  • Forest Hills, Hallinan, River Grove and Westridge elementary schools: level 4.

    Lake Oswego schools were well above the state average. For high schoolers, 61 percent had met the standards for writing, 70.1 percent met them in math and 85.7 percent met them in reading.

    The two local high schools scored higher than 95 percent in reading and writing. Lakeridge had 93.9 percent in math, and LOHS had 92.4 percent.

    In the new format, area students are rated on a range of “system indicators,” each of which is weighted. In high school, the system is different because of graduation: achievement in reading and math (20 percent), growth in reading and math (20 percent), subgroup growth (10 percent), graduation for all students (35 percent) and subgroup graduation (15 percent).

    Subgroups are economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, with limited English proficiency, and historically underserved races and ethnicities, including Hispanic and black students.

    For elementary and middle schools, the rating system indicators are weighted as such: achievement in reading and math (25 percent), growth in reading and math (50 percent) and growth for underserved subgroups (25 percent).

    To view the report cards, visit

    Jillian Daley can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and 503-636-1281, ext. 109. Follow her on Twitter, @jilliandaley.

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