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February 8, 2012
State Releases 2011-12 Enrollment Numbers
Oregon continues to see slight decrease in student enrollment
(Salem, Ore.) – The Oregon Department of Education today announced that Oregon student enrollment decreased slightly this year. This marks five consecutive years of slight decreases in the number of students enrolling in Oregon schools. According to counts reported by school districts, Education Service Districts (ESDs), and state education agencies, Oregon has 560,946 students enrolled in K-12 public schools this year. This is down slightly from 561,328 in 2010-11, a drop of 382 students or -0.07% of overall enrollment.
“The number of kids in Oregon schools has changed very little over the years, but what has changed is the number of students needing extra support and specialized services,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction Susan Castillo. “Our state has struggled with a persistent achievement gap for decades and this issue has only become more critical in recent years as our schools face changing demographics, reduced budgets, and increased expectations. Our state has adopted ambitious education goals designed to prepare all students for college and career, but reaching these goals will take all of us working together to fully support, and invest in, our students and our schools.”
While there have been slight decreases in student enrollment in recent years, enrollment numbers are not substantially different from 15 years ago. However, Oregon schools now have more low-income and special education students as well as more students for whom English is not their primary language. From 1997-98 to 2010-11, the special education student population increased 17%; the English Language Learner population increased 378%, and the number of students receiving Free and Reduced Lunch increased 63%. Click here for statewide trend data from 1997-98 through last school year.
Below are 2011-12 enrollment figures for the state’s largest school districts and the percentage change from last year.
1. Portland 46,190 (1.03%)
2. Salem-Keizer 40,219 (-0.37%)
3. Beaverton 39,118 (0.98%)
4. Hillsboro 20,909 (0.39%)
5. North Clackamas 17,152 (-1.05%)
6. Eugene 17,102 (-1.92%)
7. Bend-LaPine 16,275 (0.73%)
8. Medford 12,727 (1.14%)
9. Tigard-Tualatin 12,691 (0.02%)
10. Gresham-Barlow 12,126 (-0.16%)
11. Reynolds 11,330 (0.32%)
12. Springfield 10,812 (-0.48%)
13. David Douglas 10,706 (-1.15%)
To access 2011-12 enrollment data, including statewide numbers for race and ethnicity, go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=3225.
For an audio clip of Superintendent Castillo, please go to: http://video.orvsd.org/ode/2012-Enrollment.MP3.
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