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Superintendent's Update #68
August 12, 2004

  1. Superintendent Castillo Releases 2004 Preliminary AYP Report
  2. Professional Technical Education Leaders Institute
  3. Susan’s Schedule 

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1.  Superintendent Castillo Releases 2004 Preliminary AYP Report
State Schools Superintendent Susan Castillo today announced the release of Oregon’s Preliminary AYP Report, as required by the federal No Child Left Behind Act.  The report lists Oregon public schools that are making adequate yearly progress (AYP) and those that have been identified for improvement under state and federal requirements.

Oregon’s report shows:

761 of 1191 (64%) of Oregon schools met AYP standards.
371 schools did not meet AYP standards.
59 schools’ ratings are pending (more data needed).
699 (75%) elementary and middle schools met AYP standards.
62 (23%) high schools met AYP standards.
44 Title I schools did not meet AYP for the 2nd year and are in program improvement (required consequences).
441 of 573 (77%) of all Title I schools met AYP standards (compared with 52% of non-Title I schools).
17 of 45 (38%) of Title I high schools met AYP (compared with 21 % of non-Title I high schools).
424 of 528 (80%) of Title I elementary schools met AYP (compared with 69% of non-Title I elementary schools).
The three student groups where schools most often did not meet AYP were special education, limited English proficiency, and economically disadvantaged students.

“Oregon’s preliminary AYP report shows a couple of things very clearly,” Castillo said.  “First, Title I schools, which get extra funding from the federal government, met the standard at a much higher rate than other schools.  When schools are given the resources they need, focus on classroom instruction, and operate with a set of clear expectations and consequences – we see the results we all want.  Those schools deserve congratulations.”

“All students in Oregon deserve the same level of focus and support that No Child Left Behind gives to Title I schools,” Castillo said. 

“The second thing this report shows is that Oregon’s high schools are struggling -- only one in four high schools met the standard,” Castillo said.  “While we work to gain more financial support for schools, we also need to make sure we use every dollar we have to create more success for students.”

“In January, I called for improving middle and high school reading instruction, and this is an urgent need.  We are also working with six high schools to pilot best practices in day-to-day classroom instruction.  We have to break this pattern of low achievement -- and that means learning doing things differently,” Castillo said.

No Child Left Behind requires all students to meet state standards by 2014 and requires schools to meet growth targets each year in order to meet the adequate yearly progress definition of the law.  As part of AYP, students must be identified and have their progress measured and reported by specific populations: economically disadvantaged, disabled, English language learners, and racial and/or ethnic groups.

In addition, school districts must inform parents and communities about school progress.  Schools that receive certain types of federal funds and do not make adequate yearly progress are required to provide supplemental services, such as free tutoring or after-school assistance, take corrective actions and, if still not making adequate yearly progress after five years, must make dramatic changes to the way the school is run.

Detailed AYP reports for Oregon public schools will be available online on August 12th at

  1. Professional Technical Education Leaders Institute

The Office of Educational Improvement and Innovation is launching a Professional Technical Education (PTE) Leaders Institute with a two-day kick-off session in September, tentatively scheduled for Sept. 9-10.  Three additional days will be scheduled throughout the 2004-05 school year.

The purpose of the institute is to develop local and regional leadership capacity in professional technical education as it relates to high school redesign and school improvement.   The institute believes effective leadership should be grounded with a foundation in rigorous and relevant learning practices that are reinforced by positive, supportive relationships among all involved in the learning enterprise.  The 3R’s of rigor, relevance, and relationships are foundational elements in quality professional technical education programs.

Institute goals are to:
Identify PTE contributions that support and enable high school redesign (What can PTE offer?)
Develop strategies for local use of PTE-related high school redesign elements (How do we use PTE in high school change?)
Strategize implementation of the PTE Quality Assurance Framework 2.0 in local PTE programs for continuous quality improvement (How do we keep PTE high quality?)

The Institute will use a cohort model, with the first cohort consisting of 10-12 individuals.  Selection will be through an application process.  Individuals selected will qualify their districts for an amendment increasing their Perkins professional technical education grant award $1,500 - $2,500, depending on the size of the cohort.

For an application, contact Jim Schoelkopf, 503-378-3600 ext. 2227.  Applications are due August 31.

4.  Susan’s Schedule
     Jennifer Busey

During the current week August 9 – 13, Met with Sheila Lorenzo, intern working on the 2nd Annual Closing the Achievement Gap Conference; had lunch with elected officials; spoke to employees of Nike over a brown bag lunch; helped support the Kids on the Block organization; met with Senator Vicki Walker to update her on the Department and met with Bob Lieberman regarding mental health education issues.

Next week during August 16 – 20, Speak at Superintendent Literacy Conference; meet with Promise King; meet with Senator John Lim; will attend the State Board Retreat; meet with Vickie Chamberlain for bi-monthly update; and preparing for a KEX interview.

Please contact Jennifer Busey at (503) 378-3600 x2209 if you would like to schedule Susan to an event.

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