Imagine Going to One of the Top Schools In Oregon

posted Dec 2, 2011, 10:54 AM by Mark Hazelton   [ updated Dec 2, 2011, 11:11 AM ]

Imagine that you went to one of the best schools in Oregon. I am not sure what that feels like, but our KVCS students do. The KVCS high school is full of high performing students. Our "A" students work extremely hard; I see posts about them on facebook being teased for always having their books. I suspect our average kids are being pushed to make progress at a pace that is painful, frustrating and even discouraging at times. Working so hard to get a “C” in an AP science course is not fun. I know the work load is tremendous but the results are excellent. Given the statistics below, I am confident that we are giving all of our students, whether they are "A" students or "C" students, a leg up in life because they work harder than most kids and the test results show they know more. Here is some of the data.


KVCS highs school students scored very well on standardized tests:

  • KVCS ranks in the top 4% of Oregon High Schools for pass rates on the State Math and Reading tests. Only in the top 10% for pass rates on the State writing tests.


  • In science, 29% of our high school students scored in the top 5% on the nationally normalized tests called the Plan and Explore. 71% of these students were in the top 50%. So 2/3 of our students are scoring better than half the students in the USA.


  • About 1/2 of our students are in the top 30% in all subjects on the nationally normalized tests except math where 45% of students are in the top 30%.


You can research pass rates on this website:

Other interesting statistics from

  • KVCS ranked 14th of 311 (top 4%) Oregon High Schools for pass rates on the state reading and math tests. Philomath was ranked 97th. Dallas was ranked 147th. Central was ranked 173rd.
  • KVCS ranked 31st (top 10%) of 307 Oregon High Schools for pass rates on the state Writing test. Philomath was 108th, Dallas was 246th, and Central was185th.