A Legacy of Student Achievement
In seven years, the Oregon Small Schools Initiative has made an indelible mark on the landscape of Oregon education. Since 2004-05, the longest-established schools have doubled the share of students meeting math and reading benchmarks, reduced dropout rates by more than 25 percent, increased high school graduation 15 percentage points, and increased the share of graduates enrolling at college by 10 percent. Two recently released reports provide an overview of the Initiative design, evolution and results.
As of 2011, the Initiative has concluded but the outstanding work of partnership with schools has really just begun. E3 will continue tracking the schools' performance for an additional three years to contribute to the growing body of national research about the small schools model.
Read excerpts from both reports here, and see Newest Analysis, below, for links to the reports in full.