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August 12, 2005

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Test Scores Show Dramatic Improvements in Core Subjects

Yesterday, Oregon's Department of Education released scores for state tests in math, reading, writing and science for the 2004-05 school year. The Associated Press (posted on KGW.com) reported on the results:

"Oregon students of all ages improved across the board on state tests in core subjects in the 2004-2005 school year, a bright spot for educators who have spent much of the past few years coping with budget cuts and increasing government regulations.

"According to new data released Thursday by the Oregon Department of Education, the scores of Oregon third, fifth, eighth and 10th graders on state tests in math, reading, writing and science rose significantly from the previous school year.

"Following patterns set in recent years, scores were the best all-around for the state's third graders, roughly 86 percent of whom can read and do math at grade level, according to testing results. That's up from 81 percent in math and 83 percent in reading in the 2003-2004 school year.

"Fifth and eighth graders made especially big gains on standardized science tests, with fifth graders jumping to 75 percent making the grade, up from 69.9 percent, and eighth graders hitting 65.8 percent, up from 59 percent.

"Meanwhile, 10th graders, while showing considerable improvement, continue to post the lowest testing scores of any age group. For example, just 46.6 percent of 10th graders are meeting state standards in math, up from 43.2 percent in 2003-2004.

"The solid gains in scores are somewhat surprising, given the consistent refrain from education advocates over the past few years that state budget cuts are leading to larger classes, teacher layoffs and fewer school days, impacting student achievement."

For more information on the test results, log onto http://www.ode.state.or.us

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