Oregon Department of Education releases school performance data

posted Sep 12, 2012, 9:25 AM by Corey Thompson   [ updated Sep 12, 2012, 9:27 AM ]
The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released more school performance data on Wednesday, September 12th showing the percentage of students who met and exceeded standards on the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) in reading, writing, math, and science.   Sherwood exceeded the state average in all subjects at every grade level.  

According to the data released on Wednesday, the trend of improved achievement in math continues.  The strongest growth occurred at the middle school, especially in 7th and 8th grade.  In 7th grade, the percentage of students meeting standard went from 73.6% to 84.2%, an increase of 10.6%.  The state average for 7th grade was a 2.0% increase.  The data was similar in 8th grade where 7.5% more students met the standard than the previous year while the state average showed zero growth.

Sherwood started with achievement levels in math well above the state average and the gap grew at every grade level except 5th and 11th.    In other words, the percent of students meeting the benchmark in Sherwood grew at a faster rate than the state.   A higher percentage of 5th grade students met the standard in math than the previous year, but achievement growth was slightly slower than the state.  Fewer students met the standard in math at Sherwood High School than the previous year.  

In reading, the state recently raised the standard for meeting the benchmark.  This move will help prepare students for the increased rigor of the Common Core State Standards and the rigorous national assessments that will be implemented in 2014-15.  When looking at raw data, it would appear that achievement levels across the state decreased as fewer students met the benchmark in 2011-12 than the previous year; however, this analysis and reporting compares two different levels of rigor.  

When looking at the results using the new and more rigorous standards for both 2010-11 and 2011-12 school years, Sherwood showed improvement at both the elementary and middle levels while at the high school the data remained essentially flat.  The high school has maintained impressive standing with nearly 95% of its students meeting the reading standards, placing it among the top performers in the state.  

Sherwood also had strong scores in science for the 2011-12 school year.  While we were already outperforming the state, the gap between Sherwood and the rest of the state widened at every grade level where science is tested – 5th, 8th, and 11th.  Performance was strong at all levels with the strongest growth coming in the 8th grade with 12.0% more students reaching benchmark than the previous year compared to a state average where 1.0% fewer students met the standard.

A statewide writing assessment was only conducted in high schools this year and Sherwood students improved with 91.7% of students meeting the standard compared with 89.5% last year.  

“Sherwood Schools, already among the best performers in the state, are showing steady improvement across the board,” said Superintendent Heather Cordie.  We are proud of our results which are a testament to the hard work of our students, teachers, and classified staff.  As we look more deeply at our data, we will continue to find ways to improve.

You can access the raw data by going to the link below and selecting ‘Sherwood’ from the dropdown menu.  

For more information, contact Chief Academic Officer Gary Bennett at 503-825-5011.