What Must Educators Do to Prepare Today’s Students for High School Graduation?

OPB News is following the “Class of 2025,” a group of Oregon first grade students on their academic journey toward high school. What will it take to get them all to graduation? What will a public education look like over the course of 11 years—from first grade to 12th grade?

In 2012, Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber set a goal: By the year 2025, he wants the state to graduate 100 percent of its high school students. But as of 2013, the four-year graduation rate in Oregon was below 69 percent. According to recent research, the high school graduation rate nationwide is about 80 percent.  

OPB’s multimedia series “Class of 2025” tracks the real-life progress, challenges and successes of more than 20 students who have attended Earl Boyles Elementary School—including a radio documentary featuring five students: Ava, Octavio, Ashley, Josh and Raiden. Their diverse needs, interests, cultures and family lives shape their stories and multimedia profiles at www.opb.org/2025.

Tune In: The one-hour radio documentary, hosted by OPB Education Reporter Rob Manning, airs Tuesday, June 3, at 6 p.m. on OPB Radio.

Tweet or Post: OPB News Reporters Rob Manning, @rmanning47, and Amanda Peacher, @amandapeacher, will be on Twitter, using the hashtag #ClassOf2025, and Facebook during the broadcast to answer questions.

Think Out Loud will also record a show at the Earl Boyles Elementary School Library, scheduled to air at noon on June 3—prior to the documentary debut at 6 p.m. It will bring together students, their families, teachers and early childhood experts to explore their experiences and the factors that affect graduation rates.

These reports are part of “American Graduate – Let’s Make It Happen!”—a public media initiative to address the dropout crisis—supported by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.


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