I have always been inspired by high school graduates. It’s an accomplishment some take for granted, but I’m in constant awe of the obstacles many have overcome to walk across that stage. Last year, graduation looked quite different - stages were virtual, the celebrations remote, and the learning was more difficult than ever. That’s why I am so moved to see that the Class of 2020 has accomplished so much in conditions we couldn’t have fathomed a year ago.
Oregon’s graduation rate for the Class of 2020 has reached an all-time high of 82.6%.
The 37,742 students who make up the graduating Class of 2020 were faced with a global pandemic, the shock and chaos of distance learning, and the roadblocks many already face. They succeeded anyway.
One of the most incredible parts of the graduation rate report is that almost every racial group saw an increase in graduation rates, particularly for Black students whose rates increased by nearly 6 points. Our equity-centered initiatives are working and you helped make them happen - targeted investments that support our most vulnerable student populations have been proven to directly translate to student success. This includes initiatives like the Black/African-American Student Success Plan, Measure 98 and now the Student Success Act.
As we enter the 2021 legislative session, we’ll be advocating for even more supports to ensure the Class of 2021 has the best outcomes yet. Will you join us in asking your lawmaker to prioritize education this legislative session?