Oregon's Graduation Rate: Unpacking The Numbers

A national report this week put Oregon last among states for its 2013 high school graduation rate. On paper, Oregon's 2014 graduation rate went up a few points.  What's happening on the ground is often a good news, bad news story.

News | Education

Oregon Graduation Rates Improving, But Still Need Work

OPB | Jan. 29, 2015 midnight

Oregon's graduation rates ticked up last year but they still show that nearly three in ten high school seniors fail to earn diplomas in four years.

News | Education

Class Of 2025: The Reading Range In 2nd Grade

OPB | Dec. 19, 2014 4:28 p.m.

Some second graders at Earl Boyles Elementary are reading. Some are struggling. Oregon officials say how kids read by 3rd grade has a big influence on whether they'll graduate - nine years later.

Nation | Education

Why Emotional Learning May Be As Important As The ABCs

NPR | Dec. 31, 2014 8:03 a.m.

A growing body of research suggests that teaching really young kids how to recognize and express their feelings can help them into their adult lives.

Technology | Education | Entertainment | Books

Vocab-Intensive Tech For Toddlers Encourages 'Anytime, Anywhere Learning'

NPR | Dec. 31, 2014 5:09 a.m.

Sesame Workshop's games are designed to help kids learn words and have fun. One New York City educator says it's never too soon to teach tykes that technology can be more than just entertainment.


The Man Behind Common Core Math

NPR | Jan. 05, 2015 10:29 a.m.

The Common Core math standards were largely written by a physics professor working part-time in his garage. Now they're in use by tens of millions of students nationwide.

News | Education

Part Of PPS Transfer Policy Change Lacks Board Support

OPB | Dec. 10, 2014 6:58 a.m.

Portland school board members largely agreed on several aspects of the transfer proposal, but a controversial change to the transfer policy doesn't appear to have majority support.

Nation | Education

Why Math Might Be The Secret To School Success

NPR | Dec. 11, 2014 11:01 a.m.

A new study is focusing on what works best to prepare kids for school. Math may be what really counts, say researchers, one of who describes it as "a lever to improve outcomes for kids longer term."

Health | Education

Kids' Drawings Speak Volumes About Home

NPR | Dec. 08, 2014 9:10 a.m.

A first-grader's quick doodle can tell researchers plenty about what's happening — or not happening — at home.

local | Parents | News | Education

Portland School Board Continues Talks On Changing Transfer Rules

OPB | Dec. 02, 2014 9:05 a.m.

The Portland school board discussed plans to change transfer rules with parents Monday night at Jefferson High School.

Featured: Class Of 2025

Oregon has set a goal to have all of the class of 2025 graduate high school. OPB is following a group students from now until the year 2025. Learn more about the project, or comment here.


This project is part of American GraduateLet’s Make It Happen! — a public broadcasting initiative to address the drop out crisis, supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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