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School profiles highlight student data, lack assessment data posted on 11/01/2021

The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released the At-A-Glance School and District Profiles for the 2020-21 school year last month. The profiles included graduation data along with student and teacher data.

Due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the profiles released last year and this year do not include all of the data found on the previous versions, with assessment data being reported separately due to lost participation rates and attendance data also expected in a seperate report.

“The information provided in this year’s at-a-glance is very limited, but the bullet points about our programs and opportunities for parent engagement are useful take-aways,” Welches Schools Principal Kendra Payne wrote in an email to The Mountain Times, while noting the Oregon Trail School District opted out of the state assessments year but will participate next spring.

Despite the lack of state assessment data, Payne wrote that teachers have continued to use formative assessments in classrooms to determine whether students understand the content and are ready to move forward. Teachers also use other methods for gathering data around student learning, she added, including Acadience, a screener that helps determine whether elementary students need small group support.

“We also use a standards-based assessment called iReady that helps teachers plan for reading and math instruction,” Payne wrote. “These assessments have been utilized consistently over the past two years, and continue to give teachers meaningful data about their students.”

Payne cited the district’s focus on meeting individual student’s needs as the district’s biggest strength, while the Welches Schools’ biggest strength is in building relationships with students and families.

“Our strength is in our community, and that will help us serve the increased needs of our students,” she noted.

Payne added that a variety of programs have been expanded and refined to help improve student achievement in the past two years, including refining the Response to Instruction & Intervention system to make data-based decisions about student supports at the elementary level and revamped electives and the advisory program at the middle school level.

“Our knowledge of our reading programs has grown through practice applying them in virtual and in-person settings,” she noted. “We will continue to refine our instructional practices to maximize student growth.”

To view the ODE At-A-Glance School and District Profiles for the 2020-21 school year, visit https://www.ode.state.or.us.

By Garth Guibord/MT

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