Successful Schools Survey Extended Through March 6

Successful Schools Survey: Thanks to the thousands of parents who have taken the survey! Online at or download PDF, print and return to your school office: EnglishEspañolTiếng ViệtРусский中文 , SoomaaligaRead more. Student and staff surveys now underway. Staff: See PPS Inside banner for links.

Superintendent's Message

Graduation rate gains offer roadmap for acceleration

Carole Smith PPS Superintendent

January 29, 2015: We received hopeful news from the state this week. Portland Public Schools’ four-year graduation rate improved another three percentage points this year, with a 17-point gain over the six years since the state began using the current method to track how many of our students graduate.

We also know that our graduation rate – now 70 percent, two points below the state average - is still not good enough. We know that as a community and as a state we must improve education for our students and earn the place of pride nationally that Portland & Oregon have the ability to reach. Our students deserve no less.

I believe that our steady gains, even as we faced years of cutting some of the very programs that engage our students most, offer a roadmap for accelerating our progress as our funding improves.

The guideposts are in the data. [Read More]

[Superintendent's Web page]

PPS Video News

PPS thanked Portland and our art teachers for rebuilding arts education in our schools at The Heart of Portland: K-12 Arts Showcase Feb. 19 at the Newmark Theater. The showcase included this video with examples of the work being done in schools.

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Budget Workshops, Town Halls
Ten opportunities to learn, weigh in on the 2015-16 PPS budget:

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High School Information Nights for 8th Graders
Remaining open houses are listed here. Find your assigned high school. High school lottery Feb. 4-18. View high school fact sheets.
Jefferson Feb.18, 6:30 pm
Mar. 10, 8:30 am

PPS Job Openings PPS Common Core page

Buckman art show celebrates 25th year

February 27, 2015
The 25th annual Buckman Art Show & Sell is March 7-8, 2015. The beloved Southeast Portland tradition, the Buckman Art Show & Sell, returns March 7-8. 


Hayhurst Craft Fair is March 7

February 27, 2015

Hayhurst Elementary is holding its second annual Craft Fair, a great chance to buy crafts and gifts and support Hayhurst School. 


Schools go Google to support learning

February 27, 2015
Google Apps for Education

PPS joined in the Oregon Google Apps for Education agreement to give all staff and students across the district access to the Google suite of educational tools at the start of this school year and many teachers are jumping in to use the tools with their students.


Survey open through March 6

February 27, 2015

More than 4,250 PPS parents have taken the Successful Schools Survey and the survey will now be open through March 6.


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