Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) has been recognized by the Council of the Great City Schools for continued student improvement in math and reading. The findings were released in the seventh annual Beating the Odds: A City-by-City Analysis of Student Performance Gaps on State Assessments by the Council of the Great City Schools.
According to the study OCPS was one of only nine big city school districts in the nation to exceed state averages for eighth grade proficiency on state reading tests, and one of just ten urban school districts with eighth graders who bettered the average on state mathematics tests.
The annual report examined third through tenth graders in reading and mathematics proficiency at both grade level and the “struggling” Level 1. It found that between 2002 and 2006, 67 urban districts in 37 states have collectively improved on the number learning at or above grade level against state averages and are reducing the number with “below basic” achievement scores.
Racial achievement gaps were also studied as well as the performance of English language learners, students with disabilities and those on free and reduced lunch.
“This is further evidence of our success in raising the academic performance of students in Orange County and, in many ways, in closing the achievement gap among racial groups and unique student populations. It is also proof positive that we are doing a great job preparing students for high school,” said Superintendent Ronald Blocker. “I am equally proud and pleased that a national organization is recognizing the hard work of dedicated OCPS professionals.”
The Council of the Great City Schools is the only national organization exclusively representing the needs of urban public schools. It is a coalition composed of 66 large-city public school districts.
City-by-city profiles of the seventh edition of Beating the Odds can be found on the Council’s Web site at www.cgcs.org.