Welcome to our annual report card for Portland’s schools. In the pages that follow, we’ve zeroed in on achievement data at more than 600 public and private schools in Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington, and Clark Counties, highlighing stories and trends along the way. The data reveals how our kids are performing in real-world tests and, most important, which schools have the academic edge. Numbers can’t tell the whole story, of course, but they’re a first step in finding the right fit for your child.
Definitions & Methodology
SCHOOL RATING A new, five-tier state rating system based on improvements in individuals student’s test scores from year to year (5 is best). Math and Reading Standards The percentage of students who met or exceeded the standards set by the Oregon Department of Education in statewide assessment tests. Washington Achievement Index Percentage of students who met the state’s standards on assessment tests, placed on a scale of 1 to 7. A score of 7 indicates 90.1 percent of students met the standard, while a score of 1 means less than 40 percent did. PRIVATE Private school data is voluntarily self-reported. Schools that did not respond to Portland Monthly’s survey were excluded. PUBLIC Washington achievement data reflects 2011–2012 school year (current data not available at press time). All other data reflects the 2012–2013 academic year. Data courtesy Oregon Department of Education, Washington State Board of Education, and the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. Preschools were excluded.