Oakville also awarded “bronze” by U.S. News

Another of Grays Harbor’s schools has been awarded a “bronze” ranking by a recent U.S. News & World Report evaluation of public schools.

Oakville High School received the national ranking based on data from the 2010-11 school year. The report is a collaboration between U.S. News and the Washington, D.C.-based American Institutes for Research, one of the largest behavioral and social science research organizations in the world.

Oakville had 83 percent of its students proficient in reading (a score of 3.3 on a scale of 5) and 88 percent proficient in writing (or a score of 3.3).

“We’re just ecstatic because we have been working so hard,” said Oakville District Superintendent Kathy Lorton, who added that recent success at the school is due to a “tremendous amount of school improvement initiatives.”

“Our work with OSPI (Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction) and ESD (Educational Service District) 113, their efforts and with the efforts of staff, we made those achievements,” she said.

Part of the process of determining which schools would receive distinction was looking at proficiency on state exams of economically disadvantaged students, or typically under-performing subgroups who tend to score lower, to identify the schools that were performing better than statistical expectations. Of the school’s 127 students, 76 percent are economically disadvantaged.

The percent of “disadvantaged” students at Oakville who are considered proficient is 83.3 percent, compared with 100 percent of non-disadvantaged students who are considered proficient.

The college readiness index was the final step in measuring which schools received silver or gold medals. Bronze medals like that won by Oakville, as well as Hoquiam High School, were awarded to 2,515 high schools that passed the first two steps, including looking at whether students were performing better than statistically expected for the average student in the state in reading and math on each state’s high school proficiency tests.

Such schools either did not offer any Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate courses, or their college readiness index was less than the median score of 14.8 needed in order to be ranked silver.