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LOSD receives high marks on state Report Card

Oregon Department of Education's assessment shows the district is outperforming the rest of the state in helping its students grow academically

REVIEW PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Fourth-grader Juliette Marquez gets some help from teacher Dana Russell at Lake Grove Elementary School. Report Cards released Oct. 15 show the Lake Oswego School District is outperforming the rest of the state in helping its students grow academically.Lake Oswego School District continues to outperform the rest of the state in almost every area, including graduation rate, teacher proficiency and test scores, according to Report Card ratings released last week.

But even in a top-notch district, there are areas for improvement, the Report Cards show: The district’s economically disadvantaged students and students with disabilities graduate at a lower rate than other students in the district. Compared with the rest of the state, though, LOSD still has much higher graduation rates for these subgroups, according to the Report Card ratings released Oct. 15.

The Oregon Department of Education’s annual Report Cards offer a comprehensive assessment of school districts and individual schools. They usually contain an overall rating for schools, based on academic growth and achievement and graduation rates for high schools. But since a new state standardized test debuted last spring, there is no way to measure growth based on test performance, so there is no overall rating for schools in the latest report.

The Report Cards do still include a comprehensive listing of average class sizes, state assessment scores and percentage of graduates, SAT takers, students who dropped out and students who pursued education after high school.

The idea behind creating a Report Card system is to offer an all-in-one set of documents for parents and community members to see how schools are performing, said Crystal Greene, communications director for the Oregon Department of Education. The rankings are listed by school and by district; a state Report Card will be released Nov. 24.

Among the highlights of the LOSD's Report Card:

• Highly qualified teachers taught 98 percent of classes in 2014-15.

• The average high school class size was 26 students in math and in English/language arts, compared to 24 students on average statewide in those subjects. LOSD had a 28-student class size average in science and 27-student average in social studies, compared to the state’s 25-student average in science and 27-student average in social studies.

• The overall graduation rate was 90 percent in 2013-14 (the most recent data available), 2.5 percentage points higher than in the 2012-13 school year. The LOSD grad rate also is a full 18 percentage points higher than the state average and 7.5 percentage points higher than what the report calls a “like-district average.” LOSD was compared with districts with similar numbers of students who were classified as economically disadvantaged, an English language learner and an underserved race/ethnicity.

• The group of students classified as economically disadvantaged graduated at a rate of 75 percent in Lake Oswego, compared to 64 percent on average in the state and 72 percent at similar districts. Students with disabilities graduated at a rate of 67 percent in Lake Oswego, 16 percentage points higher than the state average and 5 percentage points higher than like districts.

• About 66 percent of students in the district took the SAT, compared to 32 percent in the state and 42 percent in like districts.

• The district's overall dropout rate was less than 1 percent, compared to 4 percent in the state and 2 percent in like districts.

• In 2012-13 (the most recent year data was available), 88 percent of LOSD students pursued education after high school, compared to 61 percent in the state and 67 percent in like districts.

• More than 95 percent of students in high school and junior high say they don’t miss classes because they feel unsafe. About 95 percent of high schoolers report that teachers respect students, and about 84 percent of middle schoolers say the same.

• In terms of state standardized testing, about 54 percent of students at Lake Oswego High met or exceeded math standards, and about 75 percent of students met or exceeded English/language arts standards. (Those numbers may be unreliable, however, because a group of LOHS students opted out of the new tests, resulting in a low participation rate of 30 percent.) At Lakeridge High School, 64 percent met or exceeded math standards and 93 percent of students met or exceeded English/language arts standards. At least 95 percent of students took the assessment tests.

For more Report Card results, visit www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx.

By Jillian Daley
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email: jdaley@lakeoswegoreview.com
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