Statewide test scores show math as an area of opportunity in Molalla
Molalla River School District's middle and elementary school students participated in the statewide Smarter Balanced assessments in the spring 2017, and the results are out. The scores show math as an area of opportunity almost district-wide, but at the elementary level, Clarkes scored relatively high in math and across the board.
Recently released by the Oregon Department of Education, the assessment results reveal the percent of students in each grade who are proficient in English language arts, math and science.
At the middle school level, Molalla River Middle School, Molalla River Academy and Renaissance Public Academy scored similarly in English language arts and only varied slightly in science, but the math scores varied widely.
The seventh and eighth grade students at Molalla River Academy scored an average of 48.53 percent proficient in math, students at Molalla River Middle School were at 29.57 and students at Renaissance Public Academy were at just 17.06 percent.
Renaissance's administrator Michael Gibson acknowledged the importance of test scores as a tool for school evaluation, to identify best practices and to help ensure that kids have the necessary skills to move forward. He is working to focus the school's educational efforts on mastery of the fundamentals.
"I have been emphasizing the need to focus on the essential skills and learnings that align with Oregon's state standards not only in math but in all of the academic areas and more importantly, to teach for mastery," Gibson said.
At the elementary level, Clarkes Elementary School stands out as the leader in math and English language arts. Their high scores may position the school as a model for the district to follow.
But as test scores have come out, Superintendent Tony Mann expressed that he is proud of all of the schools.
"I could not be more proud of our students, our teachers, and this community for working together to grow exceptional futures for our children," Mann said.