Most K-12 schools hit marks

POLK COUNTY -- More than 71 percent of Oregon K-12 schools met federal benchmarks in 2009-10, with the percentage of middle schools meeting standards up by 4 percent.



POLK COUNTY -- More than 71 percent of Oregon K-12 schools met federal benchmarks in 2009-10, with the percentage of middle schools meeting standards up by 4 percent.

Meanwhile, state high school students exceeded national math and reading scores by a considerable margin -- but their scores were 2 points and 3 points lower in 2010 compared to their 2001 counterparts.

Those are a few of the statistics in the 2009-10 statewide report card released by the Oregon Department of Education last week.

ODE distributed report card scores for individual schools and districts in October.

The 100-page analysis is a comprehensive look at how enrollment, performance and demographics in schools and their student subgroups has changed during the last several years.

For example:

* There were 561,698 students enrolled in Oregon public schools in 2009-10, a 3 percent increase from a decade earlier. Student-teacher ratios in elementary schools, however, are only 0.1 percent higher than in 1998.

* Oregon's Hispanic student population has grown by 151 percent since 1997-98, from 43,712 to 109,842 last year.

ODE's 2009-10 statewide report card can be viewed at: www.ode.state.or.us/data/annreportcard/rptcard2010.pdf.



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