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January 27, 2011

Unprecedented Transparency and Access to State and National Data

Oregon Educational Outcomes Compared to Other States in New Federal United States Education Dashboard

SALEM - This week, the U.S. Department of Education launched a new website which provides convenient and transparent access to key national and state education data. The Education Dashboard allows users to quickly find educational information in one central location and view it in several different ways. It also allows users to download customized reports for further analyses and compare state education indicators.

“The U.S. Department of Education Dashboard provides an invaluable look at education in our country with unprecedented access to state and national data,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo. “There’s no silver bullet in education -- no one project or program that will dramatically improve student achievement. However, having good information about which states are getting results helps us better refine and target our efforts here in Oregon. As we focus on the skills and knowledge our students need to be ready for college and careers, this comparative data gives us vital information to make the right choices.”

The Dashboard contains a set of 16 key indicators that range from participation in early childhood education through completion of postsecondary education, plus indicators on teachers and leaders, equity for elementary, secondary, and postsecondary students, and data on student subgroup performance. The data in the Dashboard focuses on several key outcomes: Are we preparing young children to enter school? Are students making sufficient progress to graduate from high school and college? Are they completing college in a timely fashion? Are we providing an excellent education to all students?

A Few Comparisons for Oregon

• 3- and 4- year-olds enrolled in preschool: 2005-07 and 2006-08 – Oregon ranked in bottom third of states (less than 42.1%)

• 4th graders Proficient on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) in reading: 2007 and 2009 – Oregon ranked middle third of states (more than 29.3% proficient but less than 35.5%)
• 4th graders Proficient on the NAEP in mathematics: 2007 and 2009 – Oregon ranked middle third of states (more than 36.5% proficient but less than 43.2%)
• 8th graders Proficient on the NAEP in mathematics: 2007 and 2009 – Oregon ranked top third of states (more than 36.6% proficient)
• 8th graders Proficient on the NAEP in reading: 2007 and 2009 – Oregon ranked middle third of states (more than 27.6% proficient but less than 34.1%)

• Freshmen graduating from high school within 4 years: 2006-07 and 2007-08 – Oregon ranked middle third of states (more than 73.1% but less than 80.1%)

• 25-to 34-year-olds who completed an associate's or higher degree: 2000 and 2010 (CPS data) – Oregon ranked middle third of states (more than 35% but less than 41.9%)

Click here to view more state comparisons on college education, teachers, and more.

“Our nation is taking a long hard look at education and what we need to do as states and as a country to prepare our students for their futures,” Castillo said. “As we move forward with national efforts like the Common Core State Standards, this type of transparent, accessible state and national data will help guide our work.”

The United States Education Dashboard is available at: http://dashboard.ed.gov.

Susan Castillo, State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Susanne Smith, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5637

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