Dilley Again Rated Outstanding on State Report Cards
Dilley Elementary has received an “Outstanding” rating on the 2011-12 state report cards, the 11th time since the rating system was introduced in 2000. Schools are identified as Outstanding, Satisfactory or In Need of Improvement based on state reading and math tests, growth in student achievement, participation in reading and math assessments, and graduation or attendance rates.
Forest Grove School District's six other elementary schools and Neil Armstrong Middle School all received "Satisfactory" ratings. Forest Grove High School was rated as "In Need of Improvement" because too few special education students took the state assessment. This year, for the first
time, schools that miss participation targets in any subgroup automatically received an overall rating of “In Need of Improvement." Four additional special education students needed to take the test in order to meet the state's participation target.
Twenty-nine of the schools on the state's must-improve list were dinged for the same reason, including Southridge and Beaverton high schools in Beaverton and Grant and Lincoln high schools in Portland.
“We're disappointed at the rating, but we have set systems in place to make sure this doesn't happen again," said Assistant Superintendent & Chief Academic Officer John O'Neill.
More important, said O'Neill, is that Forest Grove High School scored well above the state average in student achievement. In math, 89 percent of FGHS students met or exceeded benchmarks, compared to the state average of 66 percent. In reading, 90 percent of FGHS met or exceeded benchmarks,
compared to the state average of 84 percent.
"We are proud of our high school and the success students are achieving," he said. "We also congratulate the students and staff at Dilley Elementary for another Outstanding rating."