EUGENE, Ore. -- The Oregon Department of Education released graduation rates for the 2016-2017 school year.
Eugene's 4J School District's graduation rates dipped 1 percentage point from the 2015-2016 year. The biggest dip in the area was at North Eugene High School, where graduation rates went from 78 percent to 71 percent. South Eugene High School's percentage stayed at 90 percent.
Kerry Delf with the Eugene 4J district told KEZI 9 News that Churchill High School has been doing great work to improve its graduation rate. The school jumped 5 percentage points. Churchill Principal Greg Borgerding said staff has been working hard to improve the rating.
“We take a look at the students who are struggling the most and we collaborate about how to make those students be successful. And we figure out the things that are getting in the way of them being successful, whether it’s at home or whether it’s attendance, or help with academic work, and then we create a plan to help navigate those obstacles," Borgerding said.
The Springfield School District is up five points overall. Jenna McCully with the Springfield School District said the increase reflects growth in student achievement. She said the district laid out a strategic plan a year and a half ago, which has allowed them to quickly respond to student needs.
The statewide average four-year graduation rate has increased 4.7 points over three years. Not all those who do not graduate in four years drop out. Many go on to a fifth year or earn their GED.
Gov. Kate Brown and the Oregon Department of Education have explicitly focused on narrowing the opportunity gap to improve graduation rates by working directly with stakeholders and school districts to develop success plans for historically underserved students.
"I am dedicated to ensuring that students, communities and districts have what they need for all students to graduate with a plan for their future," said Brown.
For a full list of graduation ratings, or to find your school, click here to visit the Oregon Department of Education's website.