According to counts by Oregon school districts, education service districts and state education agencies, there were 570,857 students enrolled in K-12 public schools last fall, an increase of 3,759 students, or 0.66 percent, over 2013-14 enrollment.

Statewide, nonwhite students represent 36 percent of the student population, and the fastest-growing subgroup continues to be Hispanic students, who represent 22 percent of the overall student population. 

“Oregon’s demographics are changing. As a state, we must achieve significantly better outcomes for students of color if we want to see our achievement results increase statewide,” said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton.

“Our state is working to address these needs with the governor’s strategic initiatives designed to help close achievement gaps, better support students and more actively involve historically underserved communities and families.”

Hillsboro is the state’s fourth-largest district with 20,884 students, almost 19,000 fewer students than the state’s next largest district, Beaverton.

Portland continues to be the state’s largest district with 47,647 students, followed by Salem-Keizer with just over 40,500.

Hillsboro was one of just two districts in the state’s top 10 largest districts that saw a slight decline in enrollment this year, down 0.42 percent. Bend-LaPine — the state’s sixth largest district — grew by 1.75 percent.

Hillsboro’s student population is 51 percent white and 49 percent students of color. Of those 36 percent are Latino/Hispanic.

Individual Hillsboro elementary schools show a wide disparity in percentages of Latino student populations. W.L. Henry, Reedville and Lincoln Street have the highest Hispanic student populations with 86, 80 and 73 percent, respectively. North Plains, Jackson and West Union have the lowest, at 11, 15 and 16 percent, respectively.

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