November Greetings . . .
The focus of my communication this month is the annual Oregon Report Card. This report card is a general look at performance of all public schools in Oregon based on a handful of common measures.
Last year was the first year schools were evaluated using a newly formatted report card. Oregon schools are assigned an Overall State Rating ranging from a low of 1 to a high of 5. The rating is based on factors including achievement in math and reading, test participation rates, and student academic growth. La Pine Middle
School received an overall rating of Level 4.
Key academic highlights from our report card include:
*A 5 rating (top rating available) in the area of Academic Growth.
*A 4 rating in the area of Subgroup Growth.
The 5 rating in the area of student academic growth (the amount that a student improved his/her performance in math and reading between the last two years) was especially meaningful because this measure receives twice as much weight as other measures when determining a school's overall rating level. This is truly a testament to the efforts made by our students - your kids - and the teachers and staff at LPMS.
Finally, it should be noted that our overall rating of Level 4 is the same rating that every other middle school in Bend-La Pine Schools received. This does not mean that all schools have the same strengths or areas for growth, but it does mean that our district, no matter what middle school a student attends, does a great job of educating all kids.
Included in this newsletter is our three page Oregon Report Card for the 2012-13 school year.
Jim Boen, Principal