Taken as a whole, Colton School District's student proficiency in both English language arts and math dipped in 2018-19 compared to the previous year, the latest results show. Proficiency percentages are also lower than the current state averages (which also dipped) as they have been for at least the last three years.
Students in grades 3-8 and 11 participated in state assessments in the spring, and the Oregon Department of Education recently released the data.
Of all Colton's students who took the test, 45.2 percent were proficient in ELA compared to 50.4 percent last year and the current state average of 53.4 percent.
Just 29.4 were proficient in math, a dip of 6 percent from 35.5 percent last year and 10 percent below the state average of 39.4 percent.
At the high school level, scores stayed fairly steady and are higher than the state averages in both subject areas—meaning last year's 11th graders performed similarly to the previous year's 11th graders.
But of course, the most effective way to evaluate assessment data is to look at cohorts—that is particular groups of students from one year to the next.
"We didn't see as large of cohort data gains as we did last year," said Colton Superintendent Koreen Barreras-Brown.
But Barreras-Brown did point to some groups of students that made gains in ELA including last year's fifth-graders and eighth-graders, and some groups that made gains in math including last year's sixth-graders and last year's eighth-graders.
Despite a mixed bag of state assessment results, Barreras-Brown suggests that generally, Colton students are improving.
"The state assessment is one data point in time, a summative measure not formative," Barreras-Brown said. "According to multiple measures, our K-12 students' individual growth appears to be moving steadily along."
Still, Barreras-Brown said the district is working to accelerate student progress using this data and other data, multi-tiered systems of support and increased educational assistant time, among other efforts.
"I am very grateful for the will of our staff to continue this complex work to ensure all students K-12 are on-track and graduate college and career ready," Barreras-Brown said.
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