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Little has changed in Canby School District, according to adapted ODE report showing primarily demographic information

Just as schools release student report cards to track progress, so the school district and its schools also receive annual report cards published by the Oregon Department of Education.

Like nearly everything this year, the reports look different because of the pandemic.

Typically, the reports contain a quick look at school districts' overall performance, attendance, demographics and more. However, this year's reports, released this month and showing information for the 2019-20 year, do not include statewide assessment data, class size data, ninth grade on-track, attendance data and other information because of the statewide transition to distance learning in March 2020. This means the reports contain primarily demographic information.

"The At-A-Glance profiles are significantly less informative than in years past because of the shift to Distance Learning for All last spring," said Canby's District Spokesperson Autumn Foster. "They'll be posted on our website soon, even though they really only provide demographic information about our district."

Canby's district profile reveals only slight changes from the previous year.

(Image is Clickable Link) COURTESY ODE - Canby School District's most recent profile from the Oregon Department of Education reveals little about student performance and shows primarily district demographics.

For example, the on-time graduation rate for students graduating in 2018-19, which was first disclosed in January, is 86.4% compared to 86.65% the previous year.

Staff demographics have barely changed as well and continue to show a discrepancy in racial diversity compared with students, even though in recent years, the district was reportedly working to recruit and retain teachers of color to more accurately reflect the student population.

But still, according to the report, while 65% of the students were labeled as white, 93% of the teachers were, and while 30% of students were Hispanic/Latino, just 7% of the teachers were. This is similar to the previous year when 65% of students were labeled white, and 91% of the teachers were, and when 30% of the students were Hispanic/Latino, and just 8% of the teachers were. The results were similar the year before as well.

One small change is evident on the report, though. The district served more students last year than in 2018-19. The total student enrollment was 4,649 as of Oct. 1, 2019, compared to 4,592 the previous year.

Of those students, 1,418 were at the high school, 611 were at Baker Prairie Middle School, 515 were at Ninety-One School, 475 were at Carus School, 418 were at Cecile Trost Elementary School, 451 were at Howard Eccles Elementary School, 399 were at Philander Lee Elementary School and 344 were at William Knight Elementary School.

Even though the report says little about school performance, ODE Director Colt Gill treated the release of the reports as an opportunity to praise all those involved in education in Oregon right now.

"This annual data release comes roughly seven months after our students, families and educators started overcoming the toughest education challenge our state has ever faced," Gill said. "I want to take a moment to reflect on the impressive grit and determination of our students, families and educators and encourage them to keep persisting. We are with you, we support you and I know we're all doing our best to return to in-person instruction as soon as possible."

Kristen Wohlers
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