Colton schools see setback in statewide test scores
Colton students in grades 3-8 and 11 participated in the Smarter Balanced assessments in spring 2017 along with Molalla and schools statewide. Most elementary scores improved this year, but middle school and high school scores saw a steep decline.
"Everyone is well aware of our areas of growth and working strategically to address them with multi-tiered systems of support," Superintendent Koreen Barreras-Brown said in an email.
The recently released test scores from the Oregon Department of Education show the percent of students in each grade level who test as proficient in a given subject.
At the high school level, the English language arts score fell from 80 percent proficient last year to 66 this year, the math score fell from 33.3 percent to just 14 percent this year and the science score came down from more than 95 percent proficient to 68 percent.
The middle school saw most scores fall as well, such as coming down from 70.6 percent proficiency in 8th grade English last year to 43.8 percent this year, nearly a 30 percent drop.
As part of the action plan to address this, the district is implementing a Response to Intervention framework with Tori Hazelton as the lead administrator.
Barreras-Brown also intends to actively observe the classrooms in each of the schools.
"I will be doing instructional rounds (in classrooms) with principals and board members quarterly to observe instructional practice to ensure all students have access to [Common Core State Standards] and rigorous learning environments," Barreras-Brown said.
See this week's Colton Corner for more information on the school district's plans for improved academic achievement.