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Graduation rate at all-time high

The rate is up 1.3 percentage points from the previous year, and 8 percentage points from 2014 when those students entered high school.

EO MEDIA GROUP - The state's education department announced this week that Oregon's graduation rate for the class of 2018-19 was 80 percent. That's the highest it's ever been, up 1.3 percentage points from the previous year, and 8 percentage points from 2014 when those students entered high school.

Not only that, but the department reports that the year-to-year increase in graduation rates was greater for every underserved student group than the increase in the state average, bringing underserved student groups closer to the statewide average than ever before.

"This year's graduation rate increase means nearly 600 additional students earned a diploma," said Colt Gill, director of the Oregon Department of Education. "We are seeing even faster growth for students of color, students with disabilities and students navigating poverty than the state as a whole. Student Success Act funding will build on this promising foundation to foster equity and excellence for all Oregon students."

Other highlights from the data:

• Students who have successfully completed English Learner programs in Oregon graduate at a rate of 84.3 percent, higher than the statewide average. Speaking multiple languages improves education outcomes no matter which language a student learns first.

• Students taking a Career and Technical Education (CTE) course graduated at a rate of 88.9 percent in four years and those enrolled in a CTE program of study had a 93.5 percent graduation rate in four years.

• The graduation rate for students experiencing homelessness is up from 50.7 percent from the class of 2017, to 55.4 percent for the class of 2019. The class of 2017 was the first class for which this data was collected.

• Students in the Migrant Education Program saw a 4.4 percentage point increase in graduation rates over last year to 79.4 percent, less than a percentage point below the statewide average.