Oregon’s four-year graduation rates are on the rise, and PIE Network member Stand for Children Oregon is supporting Measure 98 implementation efforts that aim to continue this progress. Measure 98, a ballot initiative passed in 2016, provides funding for three key areas affecting high school and postsecondary success: career-technical education (CTE), access to college-level courses, and dropout prevention strategies.
According to new data from the Oregon Department of Education, the state’s most recent four-year graduation rate is 77 percent, a nearly five-point increase from three years ago. Additionally, the rate for students from historically disadvantaged populations rose by seven points, and students taking CTE courses are continuing to graduate at rates of 86 percent and higher.
Stand Oregon executive director Toya Fick said in a statement, “Measure 98 funding—with its focus on Career-Technical Education, college-readiness, dropout prevention and equity for all students—directly supports many of the most promising developments in today’s news, and will help ensure this progress continues.”
To support Oregon schools in taking advantage of new state resources, Stand Oregon launched the Oregon Center for High School Success. This initiative provides free planning and implementation guidance for school administrators and staff as they apply for Measure 98 funding, plan investments, and develop new programs.
The Oregon Center for High School Success also provides updates on Measure 98, including profiles of successful programming made possible by the additional funding opportunities.
PIE Network member Stand for Children Tennessee is also addressing graduation rates as part of its Momentum Memphis campaign. Read more here, and reach out to connect with other advocates working to move the needle on graduation rates.