Published Online: January 3, 2006

Oregon's State Highlights

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Vital Statistics
Public schools 1,225
Public school teachers 26,732
Pre-K-12 students 551,273
Annual pre-K-12 expenditures $4.2 billion
Minority students 23%
Children in poverty 19%
Students with disabilities 12.8%
English-language learners 0%

Summary of Grades

Oregon scores below average in three of the four graded policy categories in Quality Counts.

The state receives a below-average grade in standards and accountability. Assessments and school accountability emerge as particular areas for improvement. But Oregon receives high marks for its academic standards, which the American Federation of Teachers rated clear, specific, and grounded in content in all of the four core subjects and at nearly every grade span. Elementary-level standards in social studies are the exception.

Oregon ranks near the bottom of the nation on indicators of teacher quality and posts mediocre scores in each specific area within this policy category. For example, the state does not require prospective teachers to have a major or equivalent coursework in the subjects they will teach to earn an initial license. In addition, the state does not fund or require professional development for teachers.

Oregon earns an average grade in school climate. Although there is some room for improvement across all areas of this section, the state falls furthest behind on indicators of student engagement.

In resource equity, Oregon scores slightly below average. Its wealth-neutrality score shows that, as in most states, Oregon’s wealthier districts tend to have higher per-pupil funding levels than do its poorer districts.

State Policy Report Card
Oregon Avg. State Score
Standards and accountability C+ B-
Efforts to improve teacher quality D C+
School climate C+ C+
Resource equity C- C
Overall Grade C C+
Quality Counts Grading Breakdown
Standards and accountability Points awardedPoints possible
Standards 37.92 40
Assessment 19.43 30
School accountability 21 30
78 100
Efforts to improve teacher quality Points awardedPoints possible
Teacher education and qualifications 23.63 35
Teacher assessment 21.3 30
Professional support and training 11.75 20
Accountability for teacher quality 9.6 15
66 100
School climate Points awardedPoints possible
Engagement 9.17 15
School safety 16.83 20
Parent involvement 11.55 15
Choice and autonomy 16 20
Class size 7.79 10
School size 8.17 10
School facilities 7.5 10
77 100
Resource equity Points awardedPoints possible
Wealth-neutrality score 25 33.3
McLoone Index 21.67 33.3
Coefficient of variation 25 33.3
72 100
Note: Details may not sum to totals due to rounding.

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