|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
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
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