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Here’s our two-minute vision for the student-centered education that Oregon kids need to thrive in the 21st Century.
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 above (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.
Opportunities are ripe for private foundations and businesses to advance CTE and STEM education in Oregon. That’s the conclusion of a recent research report by Oregon Learns for the Oregon Community Foundation.
The report notes that there are strategic opportunities to nurture CTE and STEM ecosystems, build public support, address educator shortages, support out-of-school programs, scale successful practices, involve early learning more meaningfully, and bring greater accountability and continuous improvement to CTE-STEM programs.
Private funders, it adds, are uniquely positioned to elevate issues, take risks, bring patient capital to short- and long-term opportunities for advancing CTE and STEM, collaborate on funding and support strategies, and strengthen private-public partnerships.
Policy recommendations to overhaul Oregon education rank high in this year’s Oregon Business Plan, unveiled at the December 2015 Leadership Summit. To learn more, see the white paper developed for the Summit by Oregon Learns.
CTE and STEM education are also an important part of the Business Plan agenda. Governor Kate Brown and breakout session panelists at the Leadership Summit strongly endorsed increased state support for CTE and STEM education. Some 30,000 new job openings requiring CTE- and STEM-related skills are projected in the next 10 years.
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 hold at least an associate degree.
—-U.S. Census, 2012