Beaverton School District Graduation Rates Hit An All-Time High
The Oregon Department of Education recently released graduation rates for 2017-2018. The Beaverton School District hit an all-time high of 86.4% of students graduating in four years. This continues a five-year upward trend and improvement of 6.7% since 2013-2014. In addition, all historically underserved student groups improved during this same timeframe.
Beaverton School District
|2017-2018 Oregon |
|Limited English Proficient||48.1||62.8||55.8|
|Students with Disabilities||62.3||64.3||60.6|
|American Indian/Alaskan Native||63.6||68.8||65.3|
|Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander||52.4||75||75.4|
|Career Technical Education (CTE)||n/a||98.5||92.8|
|Talented & Gifted (TAG)||96.9||97.5||95|
*AVID Program first graduating class was in 2018. AVID graduation data not reported to state.
In 2017-2018, the High School Success Fund (Measure 98) was established to improve graduation rates, and college and career readiness.
The District has invested in several strategies to ensure all students graduate prepared for post high school success. These strategies include expanding Career & Technical Education (CTE) Programs and college level educational opportunities, and establishing dropout prevention strategies. "With these investments, we expect to see our graduation rates continually improve," says Superintendent Don Grotting. "Our teachers, counselors, other staff members and principals are working hard to ensure every student crosses the graduation line. We have more work to do, but we are definitely on the right track."
CTE: In 2016-2017, there were 18 CTE programs in the Beaverton School District. With the support of the High School Success Fund in 2017-2018, the District added or expanded 8 additional CTE programs (for a total of 26) available for our high school students. The programs integrate technical and career skill development with academic content. They are aligned to industry standards and each pathway has an industry advisory council to guide program development and professional learning for staff.
College level educational opportunities: The High School Success Fund requires high schools to assign student to advanced and college level courses based on multiple academic qualifications in order to avoid bias in course assignments. In Beaverton, we are providing access and supports so students can be successful in challenging courses. The District is expanding its participation in Willamette Promise and Northwest Promise.
The Willamette Promise provides high school students with the opportunity to earn up to a year of college credit and complete technical courses before high school graduation. Beaverton School District is one of 43 school districts in Oregon to partner with the Willamette Education Service District in this work.
NW Promise is a collaborative effort between Northwest Regional ESD and the high schools and higher education institutions in northwest Oregon. They focus on cooperation between high school teachers and college faculty to ensure students are working and learning at a college-level, specifically seeking to reach historically underserved students, including students of color and first-generation college goers.
Dropout Prevention: The 2017-2018 dropout rate for Beaverton is 1.9%. The District has implemented Freshman Success Teams consisting of teachers, counselors, Grad Mentors and Attendance Monitors. These teams meet regularly to review data on students' courses, grades, absences and discipline. An Early Warning System allows them to see which students are not meeting targets. The team then develops strategies to ensure at-risk students stay on track to graduate. In addition, the District is building an online learning infrastructure to support Freshman on Track and credit recovery.
The Beaverton School District sees graduation as everyone's business in our K-12 system, including elementary and middle schools. Students are engaged in their future career and college plans at the middle school level through AVID. They are learning skills and behaviors that will make a difference as students progress to high school. At the elementary level, Student Success Coaches help students learn how to manage their behaviors so they are ready to learn and succeed.