During the 2013-2014 school year Corvallis School District experienced strong achievement and even greater areas of growth for students in reading and mathematics. The district’s overall achievement was rated at or above average at all three levels (elementary, middle and high school) for all students, including students who are economically disadvantaged. Additionally, middle and high school students easily exceeded achievement growth targets for nearly all rated subgroups.
With the state report card, schools are rated in comparison to other Oregon schools. Level 5 schools fall into the top 10% of schools in the state. Two Corvallis schools rated as Level 5 – Franklin K-8 and Cheldelin Middle School. This is the second consecutive year that Franklin has been ranked a level 5 school and the first year for Cheldelin Middle School. No schools were identified as priority or focus schools however, the district will be monitoring and supporting the two level 3 schools closely.
While celebrating the successes, Superintendent Dr. Erin Prince also acknowledges that “there still remains an opportunity gap for students of poverty, students with disabilities, students of color, and students where English is their second language.” Prince said “additionally, a 72% graduation rate, whether it is a 4-year cohort or a 5-year completion rate, is not acceptable. The graduation rate for our subgroups is even more discouraging.”
Prince told district leaders that 509J will continue to focus on initiatives including digital learning, response to intervention programs, common core standards/proficiency, and high school expanded diploma options. “While we see movement in the right direction, we still have work to do for all students,” Prince commented.
Corvallis School District will continue to focus on:
For details, please view our Report Card page.
The Corvallis School District is looking for volunteers to fill three (3) vacancies on this year’s Budget Committee.
Interested candidates are invited to an informational meeting on Tuesday, October 7, 2014 at 5:30 p.m. at the district office to learn more about the duties of committee members and the timeline for developing a budget for the 2015-16 school year.
Two of the three vacancies are for 3-year terms to end June 30, 2017, the term of the remaining vacancy is through June 30, 2015. Committee members must be registered voters living within the school district.
A letter of interest and brief resume is due by noon on Monday, October 20, 2014 and should be sent to Jennifer Schroeder at the Corvallis School District, 1555 S.W. 35thSt., Corvallis, 97333 or by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Budget Committee is comprised of seven Board members and seven community members, and meets approximately 4 to 5 times, primarily in late Spring (April to June) at evening meetings to approve the following year’s budget. The citizen members also are invited to participate at certain board meetings during the year when staff will update the Board on matters relating to the budget.
The Oregon Department of Education released the 2013-14 OAKS (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills) test results for school districts statewide on Wednesday, September 10. The OAKS test is an end of year summative assessment administered to specific grade levels in reading, math, writing, and science. The 2013-14 results show that Corvallis School District students generally outperform the state. However, students with the greatest achievement gaps continue to be the District’s students of poverty, students of color, students where English is their second language and students with disabilities.
Superintendent Dr. Erin Prince clarifies that “while we look at the test trends over time with cohorts of students, the OAKS test does not show growth for students. We use formative assessments given by teachers to show how well students are growing individually.”
Several highlights also included in the test results were:
For complete test results by school and district click here and an FAQ on state testing and test results click here.
For the complete press release please click "Read more..." below.
"Superintendent's Report 08-18-14" - Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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