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Scappoose, St. Helens school districts generally on trend with state averages

SPOTLIGHT FILE PHOTO - The Oregon Department of Education released data this week that show scores for the 2017-18  Smarter Balanced Assesment results.Statewide data for students in the Scappoose and St. Helens school districts show test scores are somewhat in line with statewide averages.

While the data for each school district, individual school, and grade level vary on scores for the Smarter Balanced assessments taken in English, math and science, there are trends.

Throughout the state, overall scores remain largely flat compared to years prior, but English Language Arts scores did show gains, according to a press release from the Oregon Department of Education. The statewide average of students who showed proficiency by earning a score of 3 or 4 on the exam was 54.9 percent for the 2017-18 school year, an increase from the 53.6 percent reported in 2016-17.

Those numbers included increased scores across all grades. The press release from ODE also noted the American Indian/Alaska native students were the only student group to score higher than two years prior in both English and math.

"Annual tests give us a snapshot of student learning, but there is more we should be doing to give teachers the tools to target complex thinking in students," Oregon Department of Education Director Colt Gill stated in the press release. "Shorter, more focused testing throughout the year can give teachers insights into activities than can help students think and work out problems. That is how we get better results."

In Scappoose, scores decreased in math, English and science scores, although the scores were above the state average in English and science. In English for Scappoose students in all grades, 58.6 percent earned passing scores, compared to the state average of 54.9 percent. In science, students scored an average of 67.7 percent, compared to the state average of 60 percent.

Math was the only test where Scappoose students scored lower than the state average. Scores for the 2017-18 school year were 38.8 percent, lower than the state average of 40.5 percent.

In St. Helens, student scores showed increases in math and English from the year prior, while scores in science dropped slightly. English scores were reported at 55 percent for St. Helens students in all grades, putting them on par with the state average. In math,

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were reported at 43.1 percent, a few percentage points about the state average of 40.5 percent.

St. Helens students also scored close to the state average in science at 60 percent. Students in all grades in St. Helens earned a score of 63.6 percent.

Neither school district responded to requests for comment about the data by the Spotlight's press time Thursday. Full files for Smarter Balanced Assessment data can be found on ODE's website under the tab "Educator Resources," and then clicking on "Student Assessment."

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