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Almost every race/ethnicity group in Oregon saw increases of around 2%; migrant students saw a 4-point improvement.

PMG FILE PHOTO - Reynolds High School grads sent their mortarboards skyward in 2019.Oregon's graduation rate has hit 80%, an all-time high since the state tightened how it tracks the rate more than a decade ago.

That represents an increase of 600 students in the Oregon Class of 2019 who received a diploma, compared to 2018.

Graduation rates for students of color continue to increase, with almost every race/ethnicity group increasing 2%. Other student groups with a history of struggling to graduate saw rates increase, including a 4-point improvement for migrant students.

The state Education Department credits a dedicated effort to provide graduation specialists for students in migrant education programs across the state.

It's all one more step toward the state's goal of getting 100% of students successfully through high school, by 2025.

And with an infusion of funds later this year via the state's new Student Success Act, districts hope to offer students more opportunities and support, where those have been lacking or missing.

To see the rest of this story, go to the OPB website.

Oregon Public Broadcasting is a news partner of Pamplin Media Group.


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