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Salem-Keizer Test Scores Reflect Academic Growth

Officials say differences this year include a change by the state in the achievement standards, a new alternate assessment, fewer re-test opportunities and a temporary switch to paper and pencil tests.

Christian King at school in Salem, Oregon
Photo by: Bonnie King

(SALEM, Ore.) - The 2006-07 test scores released today by the Oregon Department of Education indicate a number of student improvements in the Salem/Keizer School District, officials there say.

Overall, Salem-Keizer schools saw improvement in reading, writing, and math at the middle and high school level.

However, one area the school district say warrants specific attention involved elementary math scores at the third and fourth grade level. Those numbers dropped, but it is reported that the decline mirrors a statewide trend.

"Now that we have the scores, we will analyze them carefully so we can continue to improve how we instruct students and ultimately help them succeed," said Glenn Gelbrich, Deputy Superintendent.

A few things were different this past school year related to testing. Those included a change by the state in the achievement standards, a new alternate assessment, fewer re-test opportunities and a temporary switch to paper and pencil tests.

The district says all of these factors will be taken into consideration and staff will take an in-depth look at the data.

"I think we have a lot of achievement to celebrate, and we have a lot of work ahead of us as well," said Superintendent Sandy Husk.

"But we have a solid group of teachers, support staff, parents and community members who are all dedicated to the education of children. I know we will continue to reach higher student achievement with this amazing team."

To view the 2006-07 test scores, please visit: ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=1302.

Source: Salem/Keizer School District

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Henry Ruark September 24, 2007 6:15 pm (Pacific time)

To all: Given the very serious nature of changes now nationally demanded in NCLB, it should be part of the forthcoming further analysis for the school district to report on the impact of that law on its current operations. Since schools and staff both face very serious sanctions, not just threatened in NCLB but required by the law, that impact means much in money, staff, teaching approach, and other extremely important factors here. Let's hope both the Salem District and the OrDept.of Ed. recognize that indisputable fact, and inform the public in some further detail, soon, as to where and in what ways the NCLB impact is reflected or NOT reflected.

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