Oregon schools report cards released with big data holes

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Parents are at their wits’ end. Teachers are struggling with instructing through screens. Students are a mix of frustrated, bored and overwhelmed. They all miss the connections that come from in-person instruction inside of classrooms.Add one more thing that’s missing with the coronavirus pandemic shutting down in-person instruction: accountability.THANKS TO OUR SPONSOR:The key to tracking how schools are doing — and how billions of taxpayers’ dollars are being spent in Oregon schools — is data.Test scores.Attendance percentages.Class sizes.Oregon has reported that information and more down to the school level, on an annual basis, for years. But none of it is available for last school year, and it’s not clear what might be available this year, blowing an enormous hole in public understanding of the state’s public schools.Report cards with nothing to reportOregon education officials released its “At-a-glance” school and district report cards Thursday, but the director of the Oregon Department of Education, Colt Gill, acknowledged in an interview this week that the reports have almost no new information.Gill breaks the missing data into three parts.“One is the state right assessment results. And that’s of course because students didn’ …

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