Oregon’s changing demographics are evident in the latest student enrollment numbers released by the state Department of Education.
Whites were 79 percent of the K-12 population a decade ago and account for 65 percent in 2012-2013.
Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton said Thursday that the state’s future depends on closing the achievement gap, and educators must adapt to the demographic changes to ensure instruction is relevant to all students.
Overall, there were 563,714 students enrolled in Oregon’s public schools last fall. The increase of 2,768 students from 2011-12 reverses a four-year streak of falling enrollment.
Portland remains the largest district with 46,581 students, followed by Salem-Keizer, Beaverton and Hillsboro.