The 2011 Oregon Dropout rates were just released, and it’s still looking grim for Oregon high school students. The statistic that is on everyone’s mind is this: only 2 out of 3 Oregon high school students will graduate from an Oregon high school in four years. As I scanned through the list of data, I was particularly dismayed to see that rates in the 40-50% range were incredibly common in the Portland Public School district. Unacceptable. While the rates of schools like Roosevelt did creep up (kudos on that!), they are nowhere near good enough. These rates do not reflect a system that is supporting the kids in our community.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the recent statistics on dropout rates. What do you think? What is the root of the problem? What are good solutions?