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Susanne Smith, 503-947-5637

February 8, 2011

Oregon Department of Education Releases 2010-11 Enrollment Numbers

SALEM – The Oregon Department of Education announced today that Oregon student enrollment essentially held steady for the 2010-11 school year. According to counts reported by school districts, Educational Service Districts (ESDs), and State Educational Agencies, Oregon has 561,328 public school students – a slight decrease of 368 students (-0.07%) compared to last year’s total of 561,696.

Here are the 2010-11 enrollment figures for the state’s largest districts and the percentage change from last year:

1. Portland 45,718 (0.09%)
2. Salem-Keizer 40,370 (0.41%)
3. Beaverton 38,737 (2.07%)
4. Hillsboro 20,827 (0.55%)
5. North Clackamas 17,334 (-1.12%)
6. Eugene 17,436 (-0.35%)
7. Bend-LaPine 16,157 (2.14%)
8. Tigard-Tualatin 12,688 (0.02%)
9. Gresham-Barlow 12,146 (-0.60%)
10. Medford 12,583 (4.32%)
11. Reynolds 11,294 (1.96%)
12. Springfield 10,864 (-0.09%)
13. David Douglas 10,831 (0.45%)

To access 2010-11 enrollment data, including statewide numbers for race and ethnicity, go to: http://www.ode.state.or.us/search/page/?=3225.

Historical Enrollment Perspective
Overall student enrollment in Oregon public schools has increased by almost four percent since 1997-1998. The percentage of students needing extra services such as special education and English language development has also increased. From 1997-98 to 2009-10 the Oregon special education student population increased 16%; the English Language Learner population increased 387%; and students on Free & Reduced Lunch increased 58%. Click here PDF for statewide trend data, including special education, English Language Learners, and students in poverty from 1997-98 through last school year.

“While enrollment in Oregon remains steady, the number of students needing extra help has increased,” said State Superintendent Susan Castillo. “Increased student need for specialized services like English language development and special education services is colliding with diminished funding. This is happening at the same time we have increased learning expectations and graduation requirements for Oregon students.”

The 2010-11 enrollment data is also online at http://www.ode.state.or.us/data/reports/toc.aspx (scroll down to “October 1 Enrollment by Ethnicity” or “October 1 Enrollment Summary” near the bottom of the page).

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

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