High school graduation represents the end of one road and beginning of another. How can Oregon schools keep students on that path to success?

LIFTING OREGON’S PROMISE OF GRADUATION

For years, the state of Oregon has grappled with raising the graduation rate of its high school students. Oregon’s graduation rate of 75 percent stands as one of the lowest in the country,
and chronic absenteeism appears to be a contributing factor in many cases.

But encouraging inroads are being made at the statewide level and among individual districts. The resources listed here are designed to assist and inform school board members, educators, families and students in continuing Oregon’s push toward achieving a 100 percent graduation rate by 2025 (the 40-40-20 goal).

Across Oregon, young people are overcoming obstacles and gaining their diplomas. In the Baker School District, the BAKER TECHNICAL INSTITUTE helps young people stay on track by keeping them on a career path. In the DAVID DOUGLAS SCHOOL DISTRICT, the road to graduation starts early through an innovative Early Learning Initiative for preschoolers. Watch the videos below to see how these students are setting themselves up for college and career.

GRADUATION RESOURCES

Statewide, resources are also being focused on improving grad rates. Colt Gill, who was named in April 2016 as Oregon’s first education innovation officer, spent much of the following year traveling the state to touch base with more than 1,000 stakeholders to identify successful practices and break down barriers to graduation. Here’s the ensuing report.

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FROM THE STATE’S CHIEF EDUCATION OFFICE:

 

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FROM THE OREGON DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION:

 

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