Thanks to the state of Oregon, nearly 100 of its schools will receive some extra help to increase student achievement.
The Department of Education developed a new system to identify the best and worst performing schools. The program replaces No Child Left Behind and education leaders said the difference is that the new ratings are based largely on how much schools help students improve their reading and math skills from year to year.
Past ratings have been based on whether students passed or failed standardized tests.
"The fact of the matter is, the context of this is, how do you actually support better instruction, the delivery of that instruction, the better use of assessments and the strength of leadership both in the community and ultimately in the school," said Dr. Rudy Crew, chief education officer.
The ratings list 35 low-performing "priority schools" in high-poverty areas. Educators said those are the schools needing the most help. Another 60 schools will receive additional support from the state.
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