The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) released report cards today for K-12 schools across the state, evaluating their performances for the 2015-16 school year. Sherwood Schools received high marks, but there were areas for growth indicated as well.
The ODE also released data of comparison schools, that is, schools with demographics similar to Sherwood School District schools. The District had higher rates of students meeting College and Career Readiness benchmarks on the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) than the state average in all subjects and grade levels.
Elementary schools performed about the same as comparison schools in English Language Arts (ELA) with approximately 3% more students meeting the benchmarks in math. Middle schools performed significantly above comparison schools, averaging nearly 5% higher in ELA and 11% higher in math than schools with similar demographics.
Sherwood High School outperformed comparison schools slightly in ELA. High school math achievement is an area for continued focus for growth. To that end, the District has re-aligned math scope and sequence in grades 6-12 to help students deepen their foundation in Algebra before moving on to higher math. Sherwood School District is currently in the process of piloting new math curriculum for its secondary schools.
In addition to high rates of achievement, Sherwood students also showed high rates of growth as measured by median growth percentile (MGP). This measure compares each student’s growth to a group of students with similar achievement histories. Elementary and middle school students attained growth percentiles ranging from “above average” to “high growth” in both ELA and math. Subgroups also exhibited impressive growth, with all subgroups at the middle level demonstrating strong growth.
Superintendent Dr. Heather Cordie stated, “We are proud of our students and their impressive levels of achievement and are grateful for the efforts of our hard-working teachers, classified staff, and administrators who have worked tirelessly to teach and support our students. While there is always more work to do as we strive to meet the needs of all of our students, we are encouraged by these results.”
Complete information on the ODE and school report cards can be found by selecting “Sherwood” from the drop-down menu at the following web address: http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx