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There is now clear visual evidence that Oregon is dramatically falling short in its aspirations for student completion of studies and credentials. As shown in the diagram below (see larger version here) 63 percent of the Class of 2006 started postsecondary studies, but only 28 percent attained any kind of postsecondary degree by the age of 25. Attainment rates for students from low income families and communities of color are even more troubling.
Two-thirds of all third graders and about 80 percent those from low-income families are not proficient readers by the end of third grade. Seventy-four percent of students who fail to read proficiently by third grade falter in later grades and often drop out of school before earning a diploma.
This spring the Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) adopted a new funding formula for state government investment in universities, community colleges, and student aid. This is a big step for Oregon toward outcome-based funding. The new formula shifts the basis for state funding from enrollment to access and successful completion of degrees for resident students.
More skilled readers by third grade, greater high school and postsecondary completion, and a stronger connection of education to well-paying skilled work. These are the three 2015-17 budget priorities laid out for business, elected, and civic leaders at the January 6 Oregon Business Plan Leadership Summit.
Oregon is redesigning public education for learners from birth through grade 20. Oregon Learns promotes understanding of that effort and deeper engagement in its success. Learn More +
By 2020, 65 percent of all U.S. jobs will require a postsecondary credential.
—-Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
Just less than 40 percent of Oregonians currently hold at least an associate degree.
—-U.S. Census, 2012