4-Year High School Grad Rate AT 67%

, Written by Craig Smullin, Posted: Fri, January 27 2012 at 2:53 PM, Updated: Fri, January 27 2012 at 3:24 PM

Shocking new numbers tonight... only two in every three Oregon high school students earns a diploma in four years.           
     That according to new figures released by state education officials.
    There are two high schools in the Phoenix-Talent School District - Phoenix High School  graduation rate 73%... and Armadillo Technical Institute... graduation rate 8%.
    "It's a different school for a different purpose, the data doesn't present the whole picture."
    21 of the 59 kids in Armadillo's 2011 class received GED's... but the state doesn't take GED's into account in their statistics.
    "You're talking about kids who don't learn by listening, they learn by doing, making mistakes and fixing them, they process info out loud as opposed to just listening or reading it."
   Many of the Armadillo students qualify as 'high risk', and some have even dropped out of various schools as many as 7 times.
   "They tend to be about 2 years behind in reading on the average and 3 to 4 behind in math and almost no one comes in at grade level."
     The charter school has been part of the Phoenix-Talent School District for a dozen years and holds a special place in Sayres heart.
    "Armadillo offers an important service to our youth, if the students didn't have that school they most likely wouldn't be in school."
   While the state says Armadillo needs improvement.. .they're helping kids prepare for adulthood, and whether that's through GED's or diploma's... the district says it's a win for their students.

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Craig Smullin

NBC5 News Director Craig Smullin co-anchors NBC5 News at 6 and hosts the 5 on 5 Feature Interview on NBC5 News at 5.

A native of the San Francisco Bay Area, Craig graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, California with a degree in Recreation Administration and Sports Management.

Since joining NBC5 News in 2005, Craig has performed virtually every job in the newsroom: News and Sports Reporter, Sports Anchor, Producer, series and segment Host and Anchor of NBC5 News at Sunrise and NBC5 News at 5. He became News Director in January, 2014.

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