The U.S. Department of Education just released the numbers for 2016. Oregon ranks 47th in the nation, only ahead of Nevada, New Mexico, and Washington, D.C. Oregon’s rate sits at 74.8%, a one-percent increase from 2015.
Schools in the Rogue Valley are watching the trends. Tom Cole, Executive director of Kids Unlimited, said starting study habits and supporting kids from a young age is key.
“The school was created to address those issues, it was created to create smaller classrooms, to create wrap around services, to provide the longer school day, to really be able to support the needs of those kids that we know are falling out of our school system,” Cole said.
The report also found Oregon’s graduation rates among African-American and Latino students are below the national average under 70%, and white students in Oregon are also behind at 77%.
Cole noted there are a number of factors local students struggle with outside the classroom that contribute to their learning at school.
“Kids whose families either are working and may not have time to provide the additional support at home, or may not have the resources at home, to help them navigate, whether it be homework challenges, or assistance in math and reading,” Cole said.
To read the full report, click here.
Natalie Weber anchors Your Place @ 7, and reports for NBC5 News at 5 and 6. She is also the spokesperson for S.O. Close to Homeless, a community discussion on homelessness in our region, started by Access and NBC5 News.
Natalie began her career in journalism as an intern with NBC5 News during her senior year at South Medford High School. Following graduation, she was promoted to Producer for the morning news broadcast for NBC’s sister station, FOX26, then to Producer for NBC5 News at Sunrise.
Natalie took a break from news to work for the Medford Police Department as a Records Specialist. However, she missed the fast-paced environment of the newsroom. Natalie moved back to her hometown of Eureka, California to start her on-air career with North Coast News KAEF ABC23 before returning once again to NBC5 News.
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