From Lincoln County Schools
The 2012-2013 Oregon School and District Report Cards were released by the Department of Education Thursday, in an entirely redesigned format. Although the appearance and content are changed from previous years, the goal for Lincoln County School District remains the same – use the report to pinpoint areas of strength and weakness to guide the district toward continuous improvement.
“The report card contains a lot of good information. We encourage parents to review the report card for their child’s school and talk to the principal if they have any questions or concerns,” says Superintendent Tom Rinearson.
The main goal of the redesigned report cards is to provide parents and educators with clear, meaningful, and relevant information on student learning and growth, as well as overall district performance. The new report card is more visual and includes more personalized details about individual schools.
“The report card emphasizes outcomes and progress instead of showing line after line of numbers,” Rinearson says. “We have access to all the data, so our administrators will be digging deep into the information. Our goal is to help students continue to grow academically, and to provide the support teachers need to do their work well.”
The new report card contains two overall ratings: one that compares the individual school to all other schools in the state, and another rating that compares the individual school to a group of 20 other schools with similar student demographics, known as “like” or “comparison” schools. “It makes sense to compare schools to similar schools because student demographics can make a huge impact on a school’s overall performance,” Rinearson said.
For the report card, demographics includes: 1) percentage of students who come from low income families, 2) those who belong to an underserved race, like Native American and Black, 3) who have ever been identified as not speaking English at all, or not very well; and 4) student mobility; percentage of students moving in or out of the school.
COMPARISON SCHOOL RATING: The report card shows that five of the 16 schools in Lincoln County School District compare favorably with similar schools, with a rating of “above average.” They are: Isaac Newton Magnet School, Newport Intermediate School, Sam Case Primary School, Taft Elementary School, and Waldport High School.
The seven schools rated as “average” in their comparison group are: Eddyville Charter School, Newport High School, Oceanlake Elementary School, Siletz Early College Academy, Taft 7-12 High School, Toledo Elementary School, and Toledo Junior/Senior High School.
Schools rated as “below average” when compared to demographically similar schools are Crestview Heights School, Lincoln City Career Technical High School, Newport Prep Academy, and Siletz Valley Charter School.
STATEWIDE SCHOOL RATING: The overall rating is based on a weighted average of ratings for Achievement, Growth, and Subgroup Growth. High school ratings also include Graduation and Subgroup Graduation. The overall state rating uses a scale of Level 1 to Level 5, with Level 5 representing schools in the top 10 percent statewide. In Lincoln County, Isaac Newton Magnet School attained this highest rating.
Schools rated at the high end of Level 4 are above the state average. In LCSD, those schools are Sam Case Primary School, Taft Elementary School, and Waldport High School.
Schools rated at the low end of Level 4 are at the state average. Oceanlake Elementary School attained this rating.
Schools with a rating of Level 3 or lower are below the state average. This includes Crestview Heights School, Eddyville Charter School, Lincoln City Career Tech High School, Newport High School, Newport Intermediate, Newport Prep Academy, Siletz Early College Academy, Siletz Valley Charter School, Taft 7-12 High School, Toledo Elementary School, and Toledo Junior/Senior High School.
There were no schools in Lincoln County School District rated at Level 1, or the bottom 5 percent of all schools statewide.
The Oregon School and District Report Cards are posted online at the district and school websites. Just click here and select your school.