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February 11, 2014

Oregon K-12 Enrollment Hits All-Time High


After five years of declining enrollment, state sees second year of increases

(Salem, Ore.)
– Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton today announced that Oregon K-12 enrollment has hit an all-time high. This is the second year of increases after five years of declining enrollment. According to counts by Oregon school districts, Education Service Districts, and state education agencies, there were 567,098 students enrolled in K-12 public schools last fall. This is an increase of 3,384 students, or 0.6% percent, over 2012-13 enrollment.

“With more students in our schools, I feel an even greater sense of urgency around improving our education system so that each and every one of those 567,098 students has the chance to excel,” said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “ As I look at these enrollment numbers, I think of all of the promise and potential within each of our students. Our task – as educators, parents, community members, and policy makers – is to do whatever is necessary to help each of our students fulfill that potential.”

Despite the increase in overall enrollment, student demographic trends remain relatively unchanged this year. As we saw last year, over half of Oregon students qualify for free or reduced priced lunch and students of color continue to represent about 35% of the student population. The fastest growing subgroup continues to be Hispanic students, who now represent 22% of the overall student population. The shifts in student demographics are more evident when we look at changes over the last decade. Over the past ten years, Oregon schools have seen increasing numbers of students in poverty, students with disabilities, and students of color.

Of Oregon’s 197 school districts, 55% saw an increase in enrollment since last year, 42% saw a decrease, and 3% saw no change in enrollment. Below are 2013-14 enrollment figures for the state’s ten largest school districts and the percentage change from last year.
  1. Portland Public Schools - 47,111 1 (.14%)
  2. Salem-Keizer School District - 40,473 0 (.61%)
  3. Beaverton School District - 39,433 (-0.14%)
  4. Hillsboro School District - 20,973 (0.33%)
  5. North Clackamas School District - 16,993 (0.10%)
  6. Eugene School District - 16,866 ( -0.86%)
  7. Bend-LaPine Schools - 16,827 (1.52%)
  8. Medford School District - 13,574 ( 2.93%)
  9. Tigard-Tualatin School District - 12,718 (0.61%)
  10. Gresham-Barlow School District - 12,180 (0.41%)

To access 2013-14 enrollment data, including statewide numbers for race and ethnicity, go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=3225.


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Rob Saxton, Deputy Superintendent of Public Instruction
Crystal Greene, Communications Director, Telephone (503) 947-5650
http://www.ode.state.or.us


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