Colt Gill, former Bethel superintendent: 'Graduation rates are increasing'

Education leaders are relying on programs called “High School Success” to accelerate graduation rates and lower drop out rates.

Posted: Sep 18, 2018 5:48 PM
Updated: Sep 20, 2018 3:34 PM

LANE COUNTY, Ore. -- High School graduation rates in Oregon are climbing due to new technical education programs popping up across the state.

Colt Gill, former Bethel School Superintendent and the current director of the Oregon Department of Education, said education leaders are relying on programs called “High School Success” to accelerate graduation rates and lower drop out rates.

Funding for the program comes from voter-approved Measure 98.

Gill said CTE programs are needed in Oregon, and that’s why more are being added each year.

“We've seen students who participate increase with far greater graduation rates than the average across Oregon, so I think the shift has been, it seems like more is better, and that's why we've been adding more each year,” Gill said.

He said 77 percent of students in Oregon graduate on time and said that’s a five percent increase over the last three years.

Gill said he believes Oregon can do better. He hopes CTE programs will help.

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