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Ontario school outpaces state as test scores climb

Students at Ontario Middle School discuss during one of Matt Mauney’s eighth-grade pre-algebra classes. (The Enterprise/Joe Siess)

ONTARIO – The most recent English and math assessment results released by the Oregon Department of Education show that students and schools in Malheur County generally lag behind their peers across the rest of the state. 

However, this is not the case across the board.

Ontario Middle School appears to be bucking the trend, and school officials and teachers provided some insight into why students at the school are outperforming their peers. 

In English language arts, the school performed slightly below the state average, but still outperformed every other school in the district with the exception of Ontario High School. 

In math however, each grade level at the middle school surpassed both . . .