School officials address annual performance ratings

Kerry Delf of Eugene 4J Schools said the numbers represent just one part of the picture and often fluctuate from year to year.

Posted: Oct 25, 2018 2:58 PM
Updated: Oct 25, 2018 7:59 PM

EUGENE, Ore. - The Oregon Department of Education has released reports with data about how each school and district in the state is performing.

Data from districts in the Eugene and Springfield area show that nearly half of the third and eighth graders tested in English and math are meeting proficiency standards, resembling state averages. 

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Kerry Delf of Eugene 4J Schools said those numbers represented only one part of the picture. She said it's just one set of data they use and the numbers often fluctuate from year to year. 

"It does not mean a student isn't learning or a school isn't teaching. It does provide a temperature check," Delf said.

"On 4J assessments, students in every grade, every subject and nearly every group of students outperformed the state average for the similar group," Delf said. "That's not good enough and we are working to always improve both graduation rates and showing students learning."

When it comes to graduation in Eugene 4J schools, 87 percent of students are on track to graduate and 74 percent are graduating on time. Those numbers are down slightly from last year. 

Springfield School District was one of the districts that saw some improvements in graduation rates. Nearly 90 percent of students are on track to graduate and nearly 70 percent are graduating on time. 

David Collins, the assistant superintendent for Springfield School District, said they've seen progress overall. He said they have been working hard with teachers and staff and focused on their instruction, especially in English and math. Additionally, he said they have focused on supporting students as they transition from middle to high school. 

"Stay engaged with us, it's a partnership," Collins said. "We are all in this together and we have lofty goals for where we want to be and we are all part of us getting there, making steps to get there with our kids."

Both Collins and Delf said if parents have any concerns they should talk with their students' teachers. 

To view the full performance ratings for a district or individual school, click here.

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