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LO among districts meeting standards for English Language Learners

189 public school districts in Oregon marked as 'unmet' in state report

Lake Oswego School District is one of only eight public school districts in the state to have met all English Language Learner objectives established by the Oregon Department of Education.

The other 189 districts did not meet the standards, according to a report released by the department last week. Nearby Riverdale School District’s population of English Language Learners was too low for it to be measured, while West Linn-Wilsonville School District was relegated to the “not met” category.

Lake Oswego, which was among the districts that did not meet standards in 2012-13, actually saw some of its numbers double the state’s objectives for learners who had achieved English-language proficiency.

The standards, which are called Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives (AMAOs), provide targets for achievement in academic English-language proficiency. The targets are based on State English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA) results, as well as state standards and state core content assessments. The information is used to evaluate the effectiveness of language-instruction programs across the state.

One of the AMAOs describes the percentage of English learners progressing in learning the language; the state target is 47 percent. Lake Oswego had 58.5 percent of its English learners progressing, while West Linn-Wilsonville had 44 percent. The target will increase by 1.5 percent in the next report.

A second AMAO details the percentage of English learners who attain English-language proficiency, splitting the requirement into two categories:

  • For students who have been identified as English learners for fewer than five years, the state target is 9 percent; Lake Oswego reached 18.5 percent, while West Linn-Wilsonville hit 9.05 percent. The standard will bump up by half a percentage point in the next report and then by another half a percentage point in the report after that.

  • For students who have been identified as English learners for five years or more, the state target is 27 percent; Lake Oswego recorded 42.85 percent, while West Linn-Wilsonville outpaced LO at 46.67 percent. The standard will rise by 1 percent in the next report and by another 1 percent in the following one.

    A third AMAO is intended to hold school districts accountable by making sure that their English-learner students are making sufficient academic progress in reading and math and in cohort graduation rates. Districts either were marked as having met objectives or not. Lake Oswego attained the targets, while West Linn-Wilsonville did not.

    The other districts to meet all targets were: Cascade, Centennial, Culver, David Douglas, Eagle Point, Hermiston and McMinnville.

    By Jillian Daley
    503-636-1281, ext. 109
    email: jdaley@lakeoswegoreview.com
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