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Polk County Itemizer-Observer • September 30, 2015 19A
Polk County Education
Test results provide baseline
Schools get first look at how students performed on Common Core tests
By Jolene Guzman
* Level 3 or higher. Source: Department of Education
Graphic by JOLENE GUZMAN/Itemizer-Observer
Juniors in Polk County had mixed result on new tests.
state, we did fairly well,” Mil-
Perrydale’s scores were
above of the state average at
most grades, though there
was one notable exception:
11th grade math.
Last year’s juniors only
scored a level 3 or higher at a
13 percent rate. Milburn ex-
plained that many had al-
achievement of essential
skills required for gradua-
tion before taking the test.
He said, for some, it was
hard to take the test serious-
ly under that circumstance.
While it’s hard to measure
progress year to year with a
new test, Central School Dis-
trict appears to have its work
cut out for it. Students ex-
ceeded the state average for
level 3 and 4 in high school
language arts, with a 67.5
percent rate. Central Super-
intendent Buzz Brazeau
noted the older students had
little time to conquer Com-
mon Core standards.
“The older kids, they did
well in language arts, but
they struggled a bit in
math,” he said.
Only 22.4 percent of jun-
iors scored at a level 3 or
That doesn’t mean that
nearly 80 percent of Cen-
tral’s seniors are at risk to
not graduate. Keeping in line
with state law, the State
Board of Education adopted
a separate set of scores for
level 2 on the math and
reading test, and level 3 on
the writing portion. That
was necessary because Ore-
gon is required to notify stu-
dents when they are in
eighth grade what is re-
quired for graduation.
If they miss those marks,
students can provide work
samples to show achieve-
ment of “essential skills” in
reading, writing and math to
qualify for graduation.
Dallas School District saw
scores hovering around state
averages at most grades and
much better than expected
based on field testing of the
assessment before Smarter
Balanced went statewide.
“We know we have a lot of
room to grow,” said Steve
Martinelli, the district’s di-
rector of instructional serv-
ices. “We are looking to con-
tinue to try to grow in the
Last year’s group of sev-
enth graders trailed the rest
of the state in language arts
and math by a significant
amount, following a pattern
since third grade. Martinelli
Lunch program now at The Gate
INDEPENDENCE – For the last 26 years, The Gate has hosted
“church lunch” across the street from Central High School at the
All students may attend during their lunch period, where they
may eat lunch for $2 and listen to a speaker.
Sponsorships are available for students unable to pay.
For more information: Diane Riddell, email@example.com.
Rotary Clubs accepting applicants
POLK COUNTY – Every year, the Rotary clubs of Dallas and
Monmouth-Independence host high school students from more
than 20 different countries.
The clubs also give opportunities to local high school stu-
dents to travel internationally through the program.
For more information about hosting a foreign exchange stu-
dent, or to apply to become one: Bob Archer (Monmouth-Inde-
pendence Rotary Club), firstname.lastname@example.org, 503-409-4039;
Dallas Rotary Club, contact on Facebook.
WOU to study rural Latino children
MONMOUTH – Doris Cancel-Tirado, assistant principal of
health at Western Oregon University, was awarded a 24-month,
$100,000 grant through the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s
New Connections program.
The grant will allow her to explore the associations among in-
dividual, family and community factors, and the mental and
physical well-being of rural Latino children.
It will also allow Cancel-Tirado to explore Latina mothers’ per-
ceived barriers and opportunities to providing their children the
best foundation for healthy development and productive lives.
The results of the project will inform initiatives to support
low-income Latino children that could potentially decrease
KVCS begins annual wreath sale
KINGS VALLEY — Kings Valley Charter School is taking orders
for holiday wreaths between now and Oct. 20 The fundraiser ben-
efits the Parent Teacher Organization. Contact, email@example.com.
We love you so much!
837 Main St. • Dallas
POLK COUNTY — Stu-
dent performance on the
new Smarter Balanced as-
sessments revealed some
encouraging numbers, areas
needing work on — and lost
data — for local school dis-
Schools across the state
administered the new test,
which was more difficult
and in a new format, for the
first time last spring.
The state released the
complete data on Sept. 17.
As expected, all school
districts have work to do to
get their students to the “col-
lege and career ready” levels
that are the new achieve-
ment benchmark on the
Common Core-based test.
Test scores fell into four
categories, with level 4 being
the highest and level 1 the
lowest. Students earning
level 3 and 4 on the test are
considered “college and ca-
reer ready” for their grade
level. Those earning level 2 or
lower are behind. Statewide,
students achieved a level 3
and above at a 54 percent
rate for language arts and at
41 percent rate for math.
“It gives us some good
data to work with, for sure,”
said Perrydale Superinten-
dent Eric Milburn of the first
set of results.
Perrydale appears to have
fallen victim to what Mil-
burn hopes would be a first-
year glitch. The state appar-
ently lost school’s fifth-grade
math test data.
“I know for a fact that we
did (take the test), but it’s
not there,” Milburn said.
“They can’t find any data
The issue had Perrydale
miss the state’s testing partic-
ipation target of 95 percent.
With the missing scores it is
at 84.4 percent.
In spite of that snafu, Mil-
burn said he was pleased
with the scores.
“In comparison with the
High School 11th-grade results 2014-15*
said the district staff will be
taking a deeper look at the
data to help those students.
“It’s a concern that we
know that and we haven’t
been about to close that
gap,” Martinelli said.
With its smaller class
sizes, Falls City’s assessment
scores are often volatile. This
year was no exception.
Last year’s juniors scored
close to the state average in
language arts, though all
other grades in both math
and language arts fell short.
Su p e r i n t e n d e n t Ja c k
Thompson said compar-
isons to last year are diffi-
cult, but that doesn’t mean
he’s pleased with the results.
“Not even close,” he said.
He said the district has in
the last two years adopted
new Common Core-based
curriculum and that should
help in future years.
Thompson said he’s hop-
ing the new test will provide
similar details about how
students performed on cer-
tain parts as Oregon’s former
assessment, OAKS. He said
that information was used to
“That was (valuable) in-
formation,” he said. ““Ulti-
mately, it (the test) needs to
be something that we can
use in the classroom.”
For more information or
to look at the results:
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