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Lake Oswego School District shows improvement on state standardized tests

Math and English scores outperform state averages; participation rates also increase across the school district


Students in the Lake Oswego School District recorded increases in test scores and participation rates on state standardized exams this year, according to results released today by the Oregon Department of Education.

Scores on the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) tests showed an overall rise in English/language arts (ELA) and math scores in the LOSD, as well as a slight uptick in participation on both exams — 1 percent in ELA and slightly less than 1 percent in math.

“LOSD has very high participation rates in general,” LOSD Superintendent Heather Beck said. “When more students participate, the aggregate data is more valid and useful. Overall, our scores are a very positive reflection of our excellent schools.”

Notably, there was a 7-percent participation jump this year in both ELA and math at Lake Oswego High School, where nearly two-thirds of juniors have participated in opt-out campaigns during each of the past two years.

Grades 3-8 and 11 take the SBAC tests, which are intended to measure student growth and to establish “college and career readiness.” Students with a score of 3 or 4 on the tests are considered to have met or exceeded expectations for their grade level; high schoolers are considered to be on track to graduate and to be “college and career ready.”

Scoring a 1 or 2 does not prevent students from moving on to the next grade level or from graduating, although test scores can be used to meet graduation requirements. Instead, school officials say the tests are designed to pinpoint areas that need improvement.

This is the second official year of SBAC tests, which currently are administered in 15 states, one territory and by the Bureau of Indian Education. They were designed to align with Common Core State Standards curriculum, which was adopted by the Oregon State Board of Education in 2010.

The LOSD for years has been working to adapt instruction to meet those Common Core standards.

Averaging all grade levels in the district, the results show that the number of students who met math standards leapt from 71.5 percent in 2014-15 to 75.6 percent in 2015-16. The LOSD also saw a slight rise in ELA performance, with 83.3 percent meeting the standard in 2014-15 and 83.5 percent doing so in 2015-16.

Overall, the district’s participation rate also improved — from 92.4 percent in 2014-15 to 93.4 percent in 2015-16 in ELA, and from 92.1 percent to 92.9 percent in math.

Lakeridge High School excelled in the tests, particularly in ELA. A little more than 68 percent of Lakeridge High’s juniors met standards in math and more than 95 percent of them met standards in ELA, with an almost 95-percent participation rate.

“Lakeridge students' dedication and energy around testing — and the faculty and staff's quality and creative instruction around the Common Core standards — proved to be a winning combination with our impressive Smarter Balanced Assessment scores,” Lakeridge Principal Jennifer Schiele said. “As with everything, there is room for improvement, and we will continue to look at areas of weakness and adjust instruction based on serving each of our students.”

Lake Oswego High had a participation rate of about 37 percent — compared to 29.5 percent in 2014-15 — but the school still performed well, with 70.4 percent of juniors meeting standards in ELA and 45.3 percent meeting standards in math, according to the results released Thursday.

"The Smarter Balanced Assessment provides us with detailed information about student growth and performance, information that is helpful for students, teachers and our school system more generally," LOHS Principal Rollin Dickinson said. "The feedback becomes especially informative and empowering, and can inform decisions about programs and placement and the path toward college and career readiness, if students make the commitment to take the test and do their best."

The district as a whole and both high schools specifically scored well above the state averages, even though a higher percentage of the more than 290,000 Oregon students who took the test met standards this year than last year. The statewide results rose one percentage point in each area, from 41 to 42 percent in math and from 54 to 55 percent in ELA.

Individual student reports will be distributed through in-person meetings or through the mail in the coming weeks.

The results

Here are the SBAC results released this week by the Oregon Department of Education for the Lake Oswego School District, listed by grade level and by school:

How did your school do?

See school-level results online at LakeOswegoReview.com.

SCHOOL-LEVEL RESULTS

Forest Hills Elementary School: Math

• Grade 3: 89.7 percent met the standards

• Grade 4: 82.5 percent

• Grade 5: 79.8 percent

• All grades: 83.3 percent

Forest Hills Elementary School: ELA

• Grade 3: 78.3 percent

• Grade 4: 91.3 percent

• Grade 5: 84.6 percent

• All grades: 85 percent

Hallinan Elementary School: Math

• Grade 3: 86.7

• Grade 4: 75 percent

• Grade 5: 77.2 percent

• All grades: 79.6 percent

Hallinan Elementary School: ELA

• Grade 3: 85.3 percent

• Grade 4: 73.7 percent

• Grade 5: 91.1 percent

• All grades: 83.5 percent

Lake Grove Elementary School: Math

• Grade 3: 75 percent

• Grade 4: 82.5 percent

• Grade 5: 70.1 percent

• All grades: 75.7 percent

Lake Grove Elementary School: ELA

• Grade 3: 69.4 percent

• Grade 4: 82.5 percent

• Grade 5: 80.6 percent

• All grades: 77.2 percent

Oak Creek Elementary School: Math

• Grade 3: 83.7 percent

• Grade 4: 77 percent

• Grade 5: 83.5 percent

• All grades: 81.6 percent

Oak Creek Elementary School: ELA

• Grade 3: 75.5 percent

• Grade 4: 78.4 percent

• Grade 5: 85.4 percent

• All grades: 79.9 percent

River Grove Elementary School: Math

• Grade 3: 87.5 percent

• Grade 4: 81.3 percent

• Grade 5: 80.3 percent

• All grades: 83.4 percent

River Grove Elementary School: ELA

• Grade 3: 80.9 percent

• Grade 4: 81.3 percent

• Grade 5: 83.6 percent

• All grades: 81.7 percent

Westridge Elementary School: Math

• Grade 3: percent

• Grade 4: percent

• Grade 5: percent

• All grades: percent

Westridge Elementary School: ELA

• Grade 3: 77.6 percent

• Grade 4: 88.4 percent

• Grade 5: 95 percent or greater

• All grades: 87.7 percent

Lakeridge Junior High School: Math

• Grade 6: 76.7 percent

• Grade 7: 72.9 percent

• Grade 8: 69 percent

• All grades: 73.1 percent

Lakeridge Junior High School: ELA

• Grade 6: 85.8 percent

• Grade 7: 84.2 percent

• Grade 8: 83.3 percent

• All grades: 84.5 percent

Lake Oswego Junior High School: Math

• Grade 6: 73.6 percent

• Grade 7: 78.5 percent

• Grade 8: 78.1 percent

• All grades: 76.6 percent

Lake Oswego Junior High School: ELA

• Grade 6: 86.3 percent

• Grade 7: 83.6 percent

• Grade 8: 83.2 percent

• All grades: 84.4 percent

Lake Oswego High School: Math

• Grade 11: 45.3 percent

Lake Oswego High School: ELA

• Grade 11: 70.4 percent

Lakeridge High School: Math

• Grade 11: 68.4 percent

Lakeridge High School: ELA

• Grade 11: 95 percent or greater

ENGLISH/LANGUAGE ARTS

Grade three

• 79.6 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 76.7 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 99.4 percent participation rate in 2014-15

• 98.4 percent participation rate in 2015-16

Grade four

• 82 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 82.5 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 98.4 percent participation rate in 2014-15

• 99 percent participation in 2015-16

Grade five

• 85.4 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 85.3 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 98.7 percent participation rate in 2014-15

• 98.5 percent participation in 2015-16

Grade six

• 80.4 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 85.9 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 99.4 percent participation rate in 2014-15

• 99.2 percent participation in 2015-16

Grade seven

• 87.5 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 83.6 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 98.9 percent participation rate in 2014-15

• 98.9 percent participation in 2015-16

Grade eight

• 81.6 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 83.1 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 97.7 percent participation rate in 2014-15

• 97.5 percent participation in 2015-16

Grade 11

• 86.5 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 87.9 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 60.9 percent participation rate in 2014-15

• 65.4 percent participation in 2015-16

All grade levels

• 83.3 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 83.5 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 92.4 percent participation rate in 2014-15

• 93.4 percent participation in 2015-16

MATH

Grade three

• 77.8 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 83.2 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 99.2 percent participation rate in 2014-15

• 98 percent participation in 2015-16

Grade four

• 77.8 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 79.7 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 98.4 percent participation rate in 2014-15

• 98.8 percent participation in 2015-16

Grade five

• 74.7 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 78.3 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 98.4 percent participation rate in 2014-15

• 98.5 percent participation in 2015-16

Grade six

• 65.9 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 74.8 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 99.6 percent participation rate in 2014-15

• 98.7 percent participation in 2015-16

Grade seven

• 72.1 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 75.4 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 98.2 percent participation rate in 2014-15

• 97.6 percent participation in 2015-16

Grade eight

• 70.9 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 74 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 97.7 percent participation rate in 2014-15

• 96.8 percent participation in 2015-16

Grade 11

• 58.6 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 61.4 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 60.4 percent participation rate in 2014-15

• 64.7 percent participation in 2015-16

All grade levels

• 71.5 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2014-15

• 75.6 percent with a level 3 or 4 in 2015-16

• 92.1 percent participation in 2014-15

• 92.9 percent participation in 2015-16

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