Featured Story▶️ Central Oregon 2023 graduation rates outperforms state

▶️ Central Oregon 2023 graduation rates outperforms state

▶️ Central Oregon 2023 graduation rates outperforms state

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Oregon schools notched their second-highest graduation rate in history in 2023, according to the annual report from the Oregon Department of Education. Central Oregon school districts fared even better.

The state says 81.3% of students in the Class of 2023 graduated, tying the number from 2022.

But on the High Desert, the districts outperformed the state average.

  • Bend-La Pine: 83.6% (Up 0.1% from 2022)
  • Crook County: 97.3% (Up 5.3%)
  • Jefferson Co. 509J: 87.3% (Down 1.3%)
  • Culver: 92% (Down 2.3%)
  • Sisters: 93.6% (Up 3.3%)
La Pine High School saw a strong improvement from last year. LPHS reported a 59.2% graduation rate in the 2022-2023 school year. That number increased to 70% for the 2023-2024 school year.

 “We have great teachers in La Pine, and we offer a lot for a small high school, from our Career Technical Education offerings to fantastic music and theater programs and world language,” La Pine High Principal Scott Olszewski said. in a statement.

RELATED: La Pine High graduation rate behind curve compared to district

The CTE classes LPHS offers gives students a hands-on experience, equipping them with skills they can use well after the graduate.

“I see myself building a lot of things outside of school, especially with metals. I like welding, so I see welding class being very useful for a lot of people. You got to do math and stuff, but it’s a fun kind of math, not always sitting in class all the time,” LPHS student Anthony Addington said.

Redmond School Superintendent Dr. Charan Cline, Superintendent praised teachers for the positive numbers.

You can find a full breakdown of each district and high school in the state here.

Here’s a demographic breakdown of how students statewide performed:

Student Group

Class of 2022

Class of 2023

Percentage Point Change

All Students

81.3

81.3

0.0

Asian

92.1

92.1

0.0

Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander

74.6

75.9

+1.3

American Indian/ Alaska Native

68.9

68.2

-0.7

Black/ African American

73.7

73.1

-0.6

Hispanic/ Latino

78.7

78.6

-0.1

White

82.5

82.6

+0.1

Multi-Racial

79.7

79.8

+0.1

Female

84.2

83.6

-0.6

Male

78.8

79.4

+0.6

Non-Binary

72.0

71.8

-0.2

Economically Disadvantaged

80.7

80.7

0.0

Not Economically Disadvantaged

83.4

83.6

+0.2

English Learners Anytime in High School

65.3

68.1

+2.8

Former English Learners

86.4

87.6

+1.2

Never English Learners

81.7

81.5

-0.2

Special Education

67.5

68.6

+1.1

Not Special Education

83.7

83.5

-0.2

Talented and Gifted

95.5

96.3

+0.8

Not Talented and Gifted

80.0

79.8

-0.2

Migrant

81.4

81.6

+0.2

Homeless

58.6

60.6

+2.0

In Foster Care

48.4

46.9

-1.5

Military Connected

86.7

Career and Tech. Ed Participants

89.0

88.8

-0.2

Career and Tech. Ed Concentrators

93.0

95.0

+2.0

Students Recently Arrived

63.3

Students with Experience in Incarceration or Detention

35.8

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