June 28, 2017

Newly Designed Oregon Report Cards

Recently, the Oregon Department of Education released their new redesigned annual report card. This new report card attempts to provide a comprehensive, one size fits all, picture of what our school district has to offer.  Typically, this data is reported for schools with a narrower focus than Corbett’s K-12 approach.   While this redesigned  report card works for most schools in Oregon but it just makes the picture murky for Corbett.

Despite the murkiness caused by the one size fits all ODE reporting model the underlying picture for Corbett is bright!   At first blush one can see that Corbett School has an overall rating of four out of five on the five point ODE scale.  While this is certainly good it doesn’t feel like “great news”.

At Corbett we take a longer view of education.  For us education is K-12 and we do not believe in spending time chasing ever changing state grade level benchmarks in the lower grades if those practices do not manifest themselves in achievement at the upper grade levels.  We have a few basic tenants that  we have found actually do manifest themselves in higher achievement at the later grade levels.  These tenants have been in place for more than a decade.  At Corbett we hire strong teachers who meet kids where they are, each teacher expects their students to make continuous progress without regard to which grade level they are in, we build systems where teachers, staff, and students can form long lasting multi-age relationships, and we end students’ careers with the most equitable preparatory program we can fashion, AP for ALL.  All of this manifests itself in achievement at the upper levels which can be seen in the ODE’s report card rating details and the District AMO Details.

  • All Students Combined Four Year Cohort Graduation Rate 90.6% (Level 5)

  • Economically Disadvantaged Four Year Cohort Graduation Rate 87.5% (Level 5)

  • White Students Four Year Cohort Graduation Rate 92.5% (Level 5)

  • All Students Five Year Cohort Graduation Rate 90.3% (Level 5)

  • All Students 11th Grade Reading Achievement 94.3% (Level 5)

  • White Students 11th Grade Reading Achievement 95.5% (Level 5)

  • All Students 11th Grade Math Achievement 82.2% (Level 5)

  • White Students 11th Grade Math Achievement 82.2% (Level 5)

While posting some of the highest achievement numbers in the area with regard to cohort graduation rates and high school level achievement is something we can all be proud of it also should illicit a call for action.   It is great that each year we post a graduation near or above 90%, but it is not great enough!

We are actively, doggedly, obsessively, working to make that number 100%!  In fact our “absurd aspiration” is that 100% of the kids should graduate on time, 100% of them should be admitted to a college and have the option to go college if they wish, AND we would like it if their college experience was 100% paid for!!

2012-13 District Report Card

2012-13 Corbett School Report Card

2012-13 CCS Report Card

Randy Trani About Randy Trani

A science teacher at heart, Dr. Trani loves the Corbett school community and the Corbett community at large. As a resident of Corbett Dr. Trani is committed to delivering quality education to Corbett students. Dr. Trani became the principal of Corbett Schools in 2004, promoted to Superintendent of Corbett School District #39 in 2010.