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Schools Update ~ VES is a Focus School – But What Does That Mean?

As you may be aware, Oregon has been granted flexibility from the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) regarding several aspects of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB)through a flexibility waiver. The waiver changes Oregon’s response to certain ESEA requirements so that educators can put into practice bold education reforms for students that include:

Designing locally-tailored solutions to help students achieve to their potential in place of uniformly prescribed interventions for all schools, and

Emphasizing student growth and progress rather than measuring students against a fixed, inflexible standard.

Under the old system of assessing school effectiveness, Washington Grade School (WGS, now Vernonia Elementary School, VES) met Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) every year. Meeting AYP was based solely on Student Achievement. Student Achievement is measured by the percentage of students meeting or exceeding benchmark scores on state tests. WGS state test scores were at, and VES’s continue to be, above the minimum levels set by the federal government for Student Achievement. Read More