Lebanon school district improving on state reports

2013-10-16T10:58:00Z 2013-10-16T16:51:44Z Lebanon school district improving on state reportsMatt DeBow, Lebanon Express Lebanon Express
October 16, 2013 10:58 am  • 

The Lebanon Community School District made increases in several areas on Oregon Department of Education’s report card.

The staff at the district is working together in professional development and students are benefitting from the work, Superintendent Rob Hess said in the district report card letter.

“During the 2012-13 school year, we saw growth in mathematics at every level and in reading we held steady or grew as well,” Hess said.

“In our middle level and elementary schools we received several ratings of four (out of five possible), which means that our students are outscoring most other students in comparison schools.”

ODE released newly redesigned state and district report cards on Oct. 10.

Each district’s or school’s report card now has a letter written by the principal or the superintendent that explains what the data on the report card means.

Lebanon High School

Lebanon High School was rated as level one on the state report card.

“This rating was the result of a low graduation rate, due to the number of students in our expanded diploma programs,” Principal Brad Shreve said in the report card letter.

The state rating for high schools is based on five factors: academic achievement, student growth, the growth of underserved subgroups, overall graduation rates and the graduation rates of underserved groups, according to the state report card.

A school rated level one falls in the bottom 5 percent of schools, and compared to high schools with similar demographics, the school is ranked below average.

The graduation rate at the high school was 44.6 percent in 2012-13, which is an increase of 5 percent from the previous school year.

The completion rate, which is the percentage of students earning a regular, modified, extended, or adult high school diploma or completing a GED within five years of entering high school, was 74.9 percent.

Students who stay in the Beyond LHS program for a sixth or seventh year, lowering the completion rate by about 5 percent, Hess said.

The graduation rate for the high school was rated at a one; the graduation rate for underserved groups at LHS was rated a one as well, according to the state report card.

Fifty percent of high schools rating are based on graduation rates: 15 percent for subgroup graduation rates, and 35 percent for the overall graduation rate, according to ODE’s state detail sheet.

Even though LHS was rated a one, the school is improving significantly, Hess said.

Academic achievement was rated a three; academic growth was rated a three, and subgroup growth was rated a two.

The percentage of students meeting or exceeding in math at LHS was 68.1 percent, which is the highest it’s been in 10 years, and similar to the state average, Hess said.

“We’re excited about hitting the state average,” Hess said.

One of the reasons math scores increased is because math skills are now required to graduate, Shreve said.

The dropout rate for the high school was 1.4 percent for the 2009-10 cohort.

The percentage formula for high schools by the state gave LHS a rating of a two; however, if certain targets are not met, the school is demoted by one level, Hess said.

At LHS, 95 percent of students were not taking state exams, which is what dropped the high school to a level one, Shreve said.

Green Acres

Green Acres School was rated a three on the state report card; compared to similar schools it ranks about average.

Students at Green Acres made the largest improvements in the district, Principal Boon Setser said in the report card letter.

“We observed a huge decrease in behavioral referrals (about 60 percent of what we had observed the year before),” Setser said. “We are proud of our students and staff for making such gains.”

Cascades School

Cascades School was rated a three on the state report card; compared to schools with similar demographics it’s considered about average.

Both reading and math scores improved on the Oregon Assessment Knowledge and Skills tests, said Cascades Principal Tami Volz said in the report card letter.

“A new computer lab created a testing environment that helped students improve,” Volz said. “Great instruction is the No. 1 factor to ensure student learning, and when students are learning they perform better.”

Hamilton Creek School

Hamilton Creek School received a four rating on the state report card; compared to schools with similar demographics, the school is performing above average.

A letter was not submitted from Hamilton Creek’s Principal Dawn Baker for the report card.

She submitted the letter to the district office, but it was supposed to be submitted directly to ODE, she said.

She emailed us a copy of the letter she intended to submit.

In student growth, the school received a five, which is the most important area, Baker said.

“Our staff works hard so every child learns,” Baker said. “We have the pleasure to nurture children from beginning school in full-day kindergarten through preparing them for high school.”

The school has its own garden. Homegrown produce is served in the cafeteria, she said.

“We celebrate Read Across America with an extravaganza of theater, art and literacy,” Baker said.

Lacomb School

Lacomb School was rated a level four on the state’s report card; compared to school with similar demographics, the school was ranked about average.

The students test scores were above average, said Lacomb Principal Tim Geoghegan.

“With our parents and community partnering with us, we can be among the top schools in the state,” Geoghegan said. “Parent involvement will be key if we are going to make that happen.”

Pioneer School

Pioneer School was ranked a level three on the state report card; compared to schools with similar demographics the school is rated about average.

Pioneer is a Title I school and receives resources designed to provide extra resources in literacy and math, Principal Tonya Cairo said in the report card letter.

“This year we are focused on the implementation of the common core state standards, emphasizing literacy across all content areas,” Cairo said.

Riverview School

Riverview School was rated a three on the state report card; compared to schools with similar demographics, the school is rated about average.

School administrators are working on becoming a No Excuses University, Principal Joe Vore said in the report card letter.

“An NEU school’s philosophy is that every student has the right to be educated in a way that prepares them for college,” Vore said. “It is the responsibility of educators to create exceptional systems that make college a reality for every student.”

Sand Ridge Charter School

Sand Ridge Charter School was rated a level five on the state’s report card.

About 83 percent of students met or exceeded state standards for reading, and 83 percent of students met or exceeded state standards for math, said Sand Ridge Charter School Principal Audrey Cota in the letter on the school’s report card letter.

“We are very proud of our scores, but we realize there is always room for improvement, so we will be implementing the common core state standards,” Cota said. “We promise to deliver the same excellence you have come to expect from us here at Sand Ridge Charter School.”

Seven Oak Middle School

Seven Oak Middle School was rated a four on the state report card; compared to middle schools with similar demographics the school is about average.

The middle school will be implementing an advanced via individual determination system as a college readiness preparation tool, Seven Oak Principal Jennifer Meckley said in the report card letter.

“AVID is a college readiness system that has been proven to increase rigor and achievement for all students,” Meckley said. “In addition, our teachers will be implementing the new common core state standards, which reinforce literacy across the content area.”

Click here to view the full report card.

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