Graduation gains are a collective effort

January 31, 2013: Today the state released its annual graduation rate data. PPS showed a one-point gain to 63 percent, the third straight year of growth. We clearly have more work to do, but we are moving in the right direction.

Many schools posted dramatic increases: Madison saw one of the largest gains statewide. Wilson and Franklin had increases that were nearly as large. Meanwhile, Grant graduated white, black and Hispanic students at similar rates – all at 83 percent or above. Roosevelt and Jefferson posted another year of strong gains.

We know what works: Strong relationships with students. Great teaching. Access to classes that offer students both challenge and support. Family involvement and strong community partnerships. Our high schools have made it a priority to support students in these ways, even through tough budget times. It is encouraging to see the hard work of teachers, principals and community partners paying off at many Portland high schools.

Thank you for all of your efforts to support student success.