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The Oregon Learns Sankey diagram mapping the tortuous postsecondary progress of one Oregon student cohort is now available as an interactive tool at this website.
This tool makes it possible to look at the education pathways taken by the Class of 2006 by gender, ethnicity, and family income, as well as individual school districts and high schools.
Based on a decade of longitudinal data, the diagram suggests that Oregon is dramatically falling short in its aspirations for student completion of studies and credentials – both in high school and beyond.
The cohort, more than 41,000 students, consists of sophomores in 2003-04 who reached age 25 in 2013. In our first hand-rendered data visualizations, released in 2015, we showed that 68 percent of the whole cohort started postsecondary studies, but only 27 percent attained any kind of postsecondary degree by the age of 25. We’ve had many requests for visualization of cohort subsets, and we filled those with custom-rendered visuals, but all along we have been working to develop the current tool to make such information available on demand.
Oregon has released the detailed version of its STEM Strategic Plan that was first introduced in initial draft form at the 2015 Leadership Summit.
The finished document lays out a vision to transform how we educate learners. It spells out goals to empower learners in technology, ensure equitable access for all, build up the corps of STEM educators, and improve conditions to achieve desirable STEM education outcomes. Each goal calls out initiatives to achieve priority, measurable outcomes—for example, improved high school completion rates for students presented with greater STEM and CTE learning opportunities.
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.
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
See the Oregon Learns white paper, “Improve Outcomes Through Learner-Centered Education,” prepared for the 2016 Oregon Business Plan.