Under a new five-tier rating system unveiled by the Oregon Department of Education today, six out of 59 Jackson County schools earned the highest grade — Level 5 — and four earned the worst.
Top-level schools included Ashland High School, John Muir Elementary School in Ashland, Sams Valley Elementary School in the Central Point district, Madrone Trail Public Charter School in the Medford district, Talent Elementary School in the Phoenix-Talent district and Pinehurt Elementary School east of Ashland.
Three of those schools were deemed "model schools," those with a high poverty rate that showed successful student outcomes: John Muir, Sams Valley and Talent Elementary.
The county's only "focus" school is Hillside Elementary in Eagle Point. Identified last year, Hillside is being given additional support, intervention and funding by the state to help it improve student test scores. It was rated Level 3 and "about average" this year.
The ODE's report cards include loads of information on each school, including average class sizes, student enrollment by race, the percentage of highly qualified teachers, etc. Below are how all 59 schools were rated by level and whether they were above, about or below average.
To find data on your child's school, go to http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reportcard/reports.aspx.
To read more about how Jackson County schools fared this year, see tomorrow's Mail Tribune.