The State of Oregon has identified Oregon schools which will receive additional supports and interventions to help increase student achievement. The identification of these schools is one component of Oregon’s new accountability system under the ESEA/NCLB waiver.
The schools to receive the supports are designated as Priority and Focus Schools. Following are definitions for the terms:
- Priority Schools – High poverty schools that ranked in the bottom 5% of Title I schools in the state, or any school receiving ESEA School Improvement Grants (SIG).
- Focus Schools – High poverty schools which ranked in the bottom 6 to 15% of Title I schools.
In Salem-Keizer the following schools received a preliminary designation as a Priority or Focus school:
Preliminary Priority Schools
(all are so designated because they receive SIG funds, rather than due to performance rating)
Early College High School
Hallman Elementary School
McKay High School
Roberts High School
Preliminary Focus Schools
Four Corners Elementary School
Grant Community School
Richmond Elementary School
Scott Elementary School
Swegle Elementary School
The schools on the Priority and Focus lists will conduct an analysis of their unique issues surrounding achievement. Based on this review, the school will develop a Comprehensive Achievement Plan.
The schools received their designation after being rated under the new waiver accountability system. The system assigns an overall rating based on multiple measures of growth. The following chart lists the measures used:
|Measure||High Schools||Middle and Elementary Schools|
(Year to year comparison of Oaks)
(Year to year comparison of growth among Special Ed groups, ELL, etc.)
|Subgroup Graduation Rates||X|
More information about Priority and Focus schools and the ESEA/NCLB waiver can be found on the Oregon Department of Education website: www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?id=3742