For the past few months, in the right hand sidebar we have asked our readers to answer a very important, but challenging, question: If you had to focus Oregon’s investment in public education on one effort, what would it be?
33 readers gave us their answers:
- Closing the achievement gap (30%, 10 Votes)
- Broader school choices (charters, magnets, focus schools) (18%, 6 Votes)
- Professional development (15%, 5 Votes)
- Early childhood programs (15%, 5 Votes)
- Parental support programs in struggling communities (15%, 5 Votes)
- Mentoring new teachers (6%, 2 Votes)
- Higher education (1%, 0 Votes)
According to the poll, focusing on closing the achievement gap in Oregon is what many of you think is most important. The recent release of the data surrounding Oregon high school graduation rates showed only 67 percent of students graduate in 4 years. These results also showed that the achievement gap is narrowing. The 4-year graduation rates for Native American, African American and Hispanic students all increased this year. This is a step in the right direction. Read more.
Let’s now take a look at what Oregon is doing to narrow the achievement gap:
Last Thursday, Stand for Children and Chalkboard hosted an education equity rally to help raise awareness for students of color on the capitol steps in Salem, OR. Read more.
A new youth development program out of Forest Grove, OR, called Adelante Chicas, has created an initiative called “Journey to College” that is working to engage principals and teachers to create a more pro-college culture. The program is geared to begin with elementary school-aged students and works directly with principals to increase college exposure for students. Learn more.
What other initiatives or projects do you know of that are working to close the achievement gap in Oregon?