SALEM, Ore. — According to education count officials, there was a slight increase in student enrollment last year. There were just over 563,000 students enrolled in K-12 public schools last fall. This is an increase of nearly 3,000 students from the 2011-2012 school year. Officials say this is the first increase since the 2007-2008 school year.
The state’s enrollment numbers show demographics for students K-12 are changing. White students made up 79% of schools’ population in the 2002-2003 school year, but this year that percentage has dropped to 65%.
The state superintendent’s office says educators must adapt to the changing demographics making sure instruction is relevant to all students. They also say the state’s future depends on closing the achievement gap.