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Amid pandemic, Oregon reports graduation rate hit all-time high

The Oregon Department of Education said that the state's overall graduation rate jumped more than two points to 82.6 percent.

Posted: Jan 21, 2021 10:45 AM

SALEM, Ore. — Amid the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and an exodus to virtual learning in 2020, the Oregon Department of Education says that graduation rates continued to rise.

The state's overall graduation rate rose more than two points to 82.6 percent. Over the past six years, Oregon's graduation rate has gradually risen more than 10 percentage points. ODE says that many of those gains came among underserved groups, which generally saw better increases in graduation rates than the overall state average.

“While the Class of 2020 ended their high school careers in a way no one wanted or expected, the graduation rate shows how much work they put in over the last 13 years with the support of their teachers and families,” ODE Director Colt Gill said. “Seeing greater growth in graduation rates for most students of color, students with disabilities and students navigating poverty than the state as a whole means our continued efforts to foster equity and excellence for all Oregon students continues to yield positive results.”

However, 2020 was a particularly unusual year for Oregon schools, which were forced to rapidly adopt remote learning regimes after Governor Kate Brown ordered closures as coronavirus began to spread in March. As a result, ODE changed some of the rules surrounding graduation requirements.

Oregon seniors were still required to complete 24 credits to gain their diplomas, but they were guaranteed to earn credit for any course that they were passing when the school closures began.

"This allowed schools to provide additional focus on securing credit-earning opportunities and learning for seniors who were not yet passing all required courses at the time of the school closure," ODE said.

Regardless, ODE reported major graduation rate gains among Black students, Hispanic and Latinx students, English language learners, Career and Technical Education students, and homeless students.

“In each of the last six years, Oregon’s graduation rate has risen, and we have steadily increased the number of students from communities of color completing high school," said Governor Kate Brown. "The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the disparities in our education system even further, which is why it is so critical we get our students back into the classroom as quickly as possible. We must renew our commitment to ensuring that every student in Oregon graduates prepared for lifelong success.”

Locally, Logos Public Charter School reported a 95 percent graduation rate, the highest in the school's history.

“In a year when everyone had to adapt quickly to change, it was inspiring how this entire class proved that when you support one another and keep your eye on the horizon with a positive attitude, you always come out on top,” said executive director Sheryl Zimmerer.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

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Cases: 154878

Reported Deaths: 2206
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Washington21099212
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Clackamas13328175
Lane10200126
Jackson8315111
Umatilla763982
Deschutes593459
Yamhill376764
Linn357756
Malheur334458
Polk303942
Klamath278455
Douglas244754
Josephine232849
Benton232516
Jefferson195128
Coos144019
Union128119
Columbia124821
Wasco122026
Lincoln112820
Hood River106429
Morrow104614
Clatsop7756
Crook77518
Baker6507
Curry4246
Tillamook4142
Lake3746
Harney2736
Grant2221
Wallowa1424
Gilliam531
Sherman530
Wheeler221
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Cases: 3559311

Reported Deaths: 51794
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Riverside2894503767
San Bernardino2860772783
Orange2607213982
San Diego2589823260
Santa Clara1102371777
Kern102627811
Fresno950151422
Sacramento929611464
Alameda802791241
Ventura77395834
San Joaquin665691082
Contra Costa62164674
Stanislaus55887946
Tulare47784746
Monterey42138327
San Mateo38872515
San Francisco34138398
Santa Barbara31763407
Solano30024164
Merced28915395
Sonoma28004298
Imperial26855589
Kings21951218
Placer19763232
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Madera15414209
Santa Cruz14588183
Marin13136197
Yolo12787185
Shasta10969174
Butte10922160
El Dorado9095100
Napa899869
Sutter884597
San Benito575259
Yuba573336
Lassen560119
Tehama508152
Tuolumne394659
Nevada394074
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Amador344841
Humboldt318033
Lake314140
Glenn221923
Colusa212813
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Siskiyou174014
Inyo128736
Mono12114
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