2012 Graduation Rates Rise Slightly

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SALEM, Ore. — Oregon’s four-year graduation rate for 2012 was 68.4 percent, up slightly from 2011, when the rate was 67.6 percent, according to the Oregon Department of Education.

In an effort to assess progress toward a lofty education goal in 2025–a 100-percent graduation rate–the ODE tracks graduation rates as well as dropout rates.

Perhaps more concerning than the graduation rates, Oregon’s dropout rate actually increased from an all-time low of 3.3 percent in 2011 to 3.4 percent last year.

Here are the graduation and dropout numbers for Eugene and Springfield schools:

Local Graduation Rates:

  • 4J School District: 71.2 %
  • Springfield School District: 61.5 %
  • Bethel School District: 57.2 %

High schools with the highest graduation rates were South Eugene, Thurston and Willamette high schools.

Local Dropout Rates:

  • 4J School District: 3.6 %
  • Bethel School District: 4.2 %
  • Springfield School District: 4.6%

The high schools with the lowest dropout rates were South Eugene, Willamette and Thurston. The Springfield School District reports a 2-percent growth in its graduation rate from 2011, a trend that has been occurring for a few years. District officials expect that growth to be even higher next year.

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