In case you missed it, we now know exactly how the Ninth Grade Success programs that Measure 98 is helping spread across Oregon are impacting students. The results are every bit as impressive as they are throughout the country, and make it clear that lawmakers must make full funding for Measure 98 their top priority in 2019.
Here’s just a glimpse of a new report on that impact:
- On-track students were more than twice as likely to graduate in four years than their off-track peers (91.07 percent to 40.12 percent);
- On-track status alone is credited with more than doubling (137 percent increase) the likelihood of graduating;
- These amazing results are consistent across demographic groups.
The Ninth Grade Success results are just the beginning though. At high schools across Oregon, students are experiencing new career and technical education (CTE) opportunities that prepare them for college or a career after high school.At Rogue River Junior/Senior High School, for example:
- The school hired a new college and career/CTE coordinator, who teaches a new “Life After High School” course, and who has already helped nearly quadruple the amount of scholarship money outgoing seniors are awarded by encouraging students to apply to as many opportunities as possible.
- Rogue River’s CTE- and BIO-certified biology teacher now teaches a new Vet Science class and works with a new mentor hired with Measure 98 funds. She also works with a Future Farmers of America (FFA) instructor to offer new opportunities in the school’s community garden and greenhouse.
- A new summer class on climate change in southern Oregon exposes students to hands-on science and math at locations ranging from Crater Lake to the coast.
Measure 98 is doing exactly what voters intended – raising graduation rates and increasing opportunities for our kids. Click here to tell lawmakers to build on this success by fully funding it in 2019!