Oregon Schools get an “D-” for academic achievement – some blame budget cutbacks, others on withdrawing from “No Child Left Behind”
Oregon Schools took a big hit on student performance during the 2012 school year. Lincoln County was right in there with them. Statewide elementary reading, math and science proficiencies all took a big drop during 2012. Middle School academic achievement fell in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade reading. Middle School math scores also fell among 7th, and 8th graders. Scores were flat in 6th grade. 8th grade science scores were flat. In the high school testing categories, 11th grade reading was up, 11th grade math was up but both 11th grade writing and science proficiencies were down – science especially.
School officials blamed several things for the lower scores. First up, the withdrawal from “No Child Left Behind.” Teachers and administrators hated it. It was testing, testing, testing to the point that teachers felt they were just teaching to tests instead of educating children. And because now they don’t have to test the kids so much, they don’t. Therefore the kids don’t have as many chances to pass the proficiency tests.
Others blamed budget cut backs, bigger class sizes, fewer school days and not buying all the school tools and supplies they need.
Here in Lincoln County, score results were mixed, but with few exceptions nothing to write home about. The usual “powerhouses” continued on as normal. Crestview Heights School scored strong in 4th grade math, 3rd, 4th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade reading, and 8th grade science. Bright spots for Oceanlake Elementary was 6th grade math, and 4th and 5th grade reading. Sam Case Elementary did well with 3rd grade math and 3rd grade reading, but no other scores were available. Siletz Valley School did well with 3rd, 4th and 6th grade reading, with barely half of the third grade math class hitting the mark. The rest of the school kids performed below standard, some extremely below standard in science and 7th and 8th grade math. Taft elementary did so-so in 5th grade math, very well in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade reading. 68% of Taft 5th graders passed the math test – a good showing. Toledo Elementary had a luke warm 3rd grade score in math, strong in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade reading, and so-so in 5th grade science. Yaquina View School did very well in 4th and 5th grade math, so-so in 6th grade math. The YVS kids did very well in 4th, 5th and 6th grade reading and very well in 5th grade science.
As for the middle schools, Eddyville Charter did very well in 3rd and 6th grade math – 11th graders did so-so – 5th graders not too bad. Eddyville grades 3, 4, 5, 7 and 11 knocked the ball out of park. The 6th and 8th graders not so much. Eddyville 11th grade writers were lackluster. As for Eddyville science, 5th graders were excellent as were the 11th graders, but the 11th graders had lower scores. Isaac Newton Magnet School students scored like they were ready to transfer right into Oregon Coast Community College. INMS kids far, far exceeded state averages. 83% of 6th grade math students passed the test, 91% of 7th graders and 95% of 8th graders passed the math test. For reading, 83% of 6th graders, 89% of 7th graders, and 95% of 8th graders passed the test. Over 95% of their 8th graders passed the science test. As for Newport Middle School (same building, different kids) 7th and 8th graders did “okay” on the math test, less so on the reading test, but very well on the science test. But nothing like the kids across the hall.
As for Lincoln County high schools, it’s a close race between Newport, Waldport and Eddyville. 58% of Eddyville 11th graders passed the math test, 83% passed the reading test, only 50% passed the writing test and 73% passed the science test. For Newport, 81% of 11th graders passed the math test, 91% passed the reading test, 63% passed the writing test and 58% passed the science test. For Waldport’s 11th graders, 70% passed the math test, 92% passed the reading test, 65% passed the writing test and 60% passed the science test.
Looking at the other high schools, Lincoln City Career Technical High School scored more like a liberal arts academy than a technical school. Only 36% of their 11th graders passed the math test, and only 33% passed the science test. But 92% of their 11th graders passed the reading test and 75% passed the writing test. 80% of Siletz Valley Early College Academy’s 11th graders passed the reading test. But in all other categories they did very poorly. Taft 7-12 High School scored very weak in 7th, 8th and 11th grade math tests, 75% of 7th graders passed reading, only half of the 8th graders, but 81% of the 11th graders. 67% of Taft 11th graders passed the writing test. Barely half of Taft 7-12 8th and 11th grade students passed the science test. Toledo 7-12 High School 7th, 8th and 11th graders did very poorly in math. The same group did well in reading. The 11th graders did poorly in writing and did only so-so in science.
Among Lincoln County schools nearly two-thirds of their 5,181 students are on free or reduced price lunches, which shows that family incomes are generally low. 63% on average graduate within four years; all but about 2% eventually graduate by attending adult education classes or getting their GED.
For a blow by blow accounting of each subject, grade level and school performance here’s the link. Keep in mind the numbers reflect the percentage of all the students in a given school at a particular grade level that passed the statewide proficiency exam for a specific subject area. Click here.