AEFP 43rd Annual Conference Program
Chair:, University of Maryland
Chair:, Seton Hall University
Chair:, Vanderbilt University
Chair:, University of Washington
Chair:, Princeton University
Chair:, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Chair:, Education Northwest
This session will focus on Oregon’s efforts to improve high school graduation rates, particularly for underrepresented students. Oregon’s four-year adjusted cohort graduation rate in 2015 was 74 percent, the third-lowest in the country (ED Data Express). In the November 2016 election, the state of Oregon overwhelmingly voted in favor of a ballot initiative, Measure 98, designed to address persistently low high school graduation rates (Barnes, 2016). Measure 98, also called the High School Graduation and College and Career Readiness fund, provides additional funds to public high schools to establish or expand career and technical education (CTE) programs, opportunities to earn college-level credit in high school, and dropout-prevention strategies such as early warning systems. This session will focus on how the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is managing implementation of this policy and associated funding; how high schools are being supported in establishing and expanding CTE, college credit opportunities, and dropout prevention; and how data and evidence are being used to develop and inform district and school plans for using these funds for appropriate interventions.
This panel will provide lessons to both policymakers and researchers in how collaboration can lead to more evidence-based policies and ground research in the needs of the field.