From LC Schools Superintendent Steve Boynton
Administrators with Lincoln County School District (LCSD) are reviewing results of the 2014-15 state assessments in English/Language Arts, Math, and Science to see how local students are performing academically. They are reviewing results with an eye on the school board’s three-year goal of all LCSD schools performing at or above the state average, as measured by the Oregon Department of Education.
While much of the content of the report cards is similar to those of years past, there are a few significant differences to note this year. Most importantly, the school report cards do not contain an overall school rating or a comparison school rating. As this is a transitional year with the move to the “Smarter Balanced” program, ODE is “pausing” on the ratings for one year. They will resume on next year’s report cards.
The report cards still contain assessment results, both for Smarter Balanced tests and the OAKS science assessment, but there is only one year of data for the new English Language Arts and Math assessments as this past year’s results represent a new baseline. The results provide a clearer picture about where our students are on their path to college and career readiness. These tests are only one measure of students’ academic success.
A review of the data released by ODE shows a mixed bag of results for LCSD, with room for improvement across all subject matters, grades and schools, However,one notable highlight is that all high schools exceeded the state average on language arts scores (some substantially).
Superintendent Steve Boynton noted the District is focusing on raising the level of achievement for children of poverty and the growing English as a second language population. “Although we have our work cut out for us, I am confident we can achieve our goal. We are lucky to have hard working and dedicated staff, willing to go the extra mile for our students,” commented Superintendent Steve Boynton.
The reports will be available on the district’s website [www.lincoln.k12.or.us] and on the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) website [www.ode.state.or.us]. Anyone with questions about assessment results is encouraged to contact their local school principal, or they may contact Vince Dye, Data coordinator at the district administration office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Some General information on LCSD’s ratings, district wide for Writing, Math and Science
Writing, LCSD, Grades 3-5, 62.7% meet or exceed vs Statewide 73.7%
Grades 6-8, 73.4% meet or exceed vs Statewide 80.7%
Grade 11 90.2% meet or exceed vs Statewide 86.7%
Mathmatics, LCSD Grades 3-5, 64.1% meet or exceed, vs Statewide 74.2%
Grades 7-8, 64.9% meet or exceed, vs Statewide 70.6%
Grade 11 55.1% meet or exceed, vs Statewide 58.1%
Science, LCSD Grade 5 55% meet or exceed, vs Statewide 66.8%
Grade 8 61.6% meet or exceed vs Statewide 65%
Grade 11 58.2% meet or exceed vs Statewide 62.5%