COOS COUNTY — The Bandon School District is thriving, according to recently broken down SAT scores sent out by the Oregon Department of Education.
Though ODE announced last month that the state came in above the national average in overall SAT scores, the numbers were broken down by district and reflected which schools excelled or need improvement.
The Bandon School District scored 565 in English Reading and Writing, when the state average was 555 and the national average being 527. The district also did well in math, scoring 539. Though it isn’t higher than the state average of 543, it is well above the national average of 517.
Because the SATs are voluntary for students interested in attending a four-year college, the scores only reflect those who took the test. In Bandon, 12 students participated.
The North Bend School District also did well, bringing in a score of 549 in English Reading and Writing and 537 in math. It had the largest student participation in the county at 98 students who took the test.
The Coos Bay School District scored 543 in English Reading and Writing, but came in low for math at 494. Of its student body, 61 individuals took the test.
The Myrtle Point School District scored 492 in English Reading and Writing, and 491 in math. Only 11 students participated.
In the Powers School District, six students took the test. Because there wasn’t enough participation, scores aren’t available.
Over at the Coquille School District, scores came in at 501 for English Reading and Writing, and 474 in math. There were 22 students who took the test.
“We are aware in the district that our math isn’t where we want it to be,” said district curriculum director and Coquille Valley Elementary vice principal, Amy Flora. “We’re working to articulate a K-12 program so we are aligned with the core curriculum.”
Last year, Flora said the district did a math adoption and trained its teachers in the new curriculum.
“As a curriculum director, I work with the teachers and staff on professional development and next week we are sending teachers to a conference in Portland,” she said. “Student growth is important to us and we know we have a lot to do.”