Forty-four percent of Portland Public Schools earned the top of grade of “outstanding” on a new report card on Oregon schools. Overall, 92 percent of the Portland School District’s rated schools earned “satisfactory” or better.
Based on how students performed on the state’s standardized tests, improvement from previous years and graduation rates, schools are assigned one of three labels: outstanding, satisfactory or in need of improvement.
“Beyond the overall grade, these report cards offer families a good look at some of the vital achievement data in every school,” said Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith. “Many students in our district do incredibly well – but we are not ensuring success for all of our students, particularly among students of color and those living in poverty.
Five schools did improve: BizTech and Renaissance Arts Academy on the Marshall Campus moved from “in need of improvement” to “satisfactory,” and Hayhurst Elementary, Trillium Charter School and Wilson High School moved from “satisfactory” to “outstanding.”
Six schools declined this year: CM2 Opal Charter School, Grant High School, Sabin K-8 and Whitman Elementary moved from “outstanding” to “satisfactory.”
Jefferson High School and POWER Academy on the Roosevelt Campus slid from “satisfactory” to “in need of improvement.” Also rated “in need of improvement” were: LEP Charter School, rated for the first time this year, and the three small schools on the Roosevelt Campus, which is benefiting from a $7.7 million federal grant to provide greater support and improve results at the north Portland school.