Test scores for Oregon schools continue to “hold steady” from the previous year. Today’s release of the 2013-2014 results shows districts falling into three groups: strong districts that are maintaining an edge, struggling districts that continue to fall behind or stay flat, and those in the middle with mixed results.
The achievement gap between white and minority students also continues to hold steady. Results for third grade reading demonstrate the problem, with ethnic groups showing only a slight improvement or stagnating. Statewide, the difference between white and African-American students stands at 28 points, while the white and Hispanic students gap is 25 points.
We’ll talk with OPB education reporter Rob Manning, and Oregon school Superintendent Rob Saxton about the results and take a look forward to next year when things are expected to get even harder under a new test based on the Common Core.
Do your children attend public schools? What questions or concerns do you have about these assessments?