Area school districts rank in Oregon’s Top Thirty

Niche.com, a website that rates communities across the nation in multiple areas has also rated school districts. Districts were given letter grades for each of six categories, which were weighted for importance:

  • Academics, based on state assessment proficiency, SAT/ACT scores and survey responses from students and parents comprised 50 percent of the overall grade.
  • The quality of teachers, an assessment that includes salaries and absenteeism rates, comprises 15 percent.
  • Culture and diversity, based on survey responses, makes up 10 percent of the rating.
  • Parent and student surveys gauging satisfaction contributes another 10 percent of the rating.
  • Two factors — health and safety, and resources and facilities — each contribute 5 percent.
  • Clubs/activities and sports make up 2.5 percent of the final ranking apiece.

Those were used to create an overall letter grade. TuesdayThe Portland Business Journal yesterday released the list of top 30 of the 198 school districts in the state of Oregon, all of which had an overall grade of B or better. Follow the link to find out how each did in the separate category plus other useful information including the student teacher ratio, average salary of the teachers in the district, scores the students have on reading and math, and more

#24 Condon LINK

#20 Dufur LINK

#14 Sherman County LINK

#10 Hood River County LINK

Other schools were not ranked individually but grouped with other schools with the same overall grade. South Wasco County was in the group with an overall grade of “C+”  LINK

North Wasco County  was in the group with an overall grade of “C-”  LINK

And in case you’re wondering, Lake Oswego was rated #1 with an overall grade of A+. Average teacher salary there is $70,849, versus  $43,724 for North Wasco County. And the average expenditure per student in Lake Oswego is $10,620, only slightly more than the $10,247 per student in North Wasco County. But North Wasco County’s student teacher ration is 17 to 1 versus 22 to 1 in Lake Oswego

 

 

 

 

Academics, based on state assessment proficiency, SAT/ACT scores and survey responses from students and parents comprised 50 percent of the overall grade.
The quality of teachers, an assessment that includes salaries and absenteeism rates, comprises 15 percent.
Culture and diversity, based on survey responses, makes up 10 percent of the rating.
Parent and student surveys gauging satisfaction contributes another 10 percent of the rating.
Two factors — health and safety, and resources and facilities — each contribute 5 percent.
Clubs/activities and sports make up 2.5 percent of the final ranking apiece.