Success Stories

Here’s a glimpse of how Measure 98 policies are creating new opportunities for students all over Oregon.

Tigard-Tualatin district unveils blueprint for Measure 98 spending

December, 2017

Tigard-Tualatin School District is taking a wide-ranging, student-centered approach to spending more than $1.8 million in Measure 98 funds. More than a third of the district’s allocation is boosting high school staff, including new 9th Grade on Track coaches at each high school, a Teachers on Special Assignment (TOSA) faculty focused on CTE, STEM and college and career readiness, and a counselor at the Durham Education Center, an alternative education program. Students will also have approximately $365,000 in brand new CTE equipment for hands-on learning, and access to Naviance Suite, a comprehensive college and career readiness software platform. The district will direct $275,000 towards middle school programming to prepare students for success as they start their freshman year.

McKay High School invests in student success

When McKay High School in the Salem-Keizer School District received a $650,000 grant for school improvement, they invested in a summer transition program for incoming freshmen who needed support in reading, writing and math. Providing targeted support to students before they began freshman year helped ensure those kids were prepared to succeed in the classroom and complete the 9th grade on track to graduate. The results speak for themselves: these students showed a 32 percent increase in scoring proficiency in math; a 31 percent in scoring proficiency in reading; and graduation rates ticked up six percentage points as well.

Early warning system helps Bethel students stay on track

November 2014

Bethel School District implemented an early warning system for students, families and educators to use to help keep kids on track for graduation and prepared for college or a career.

About the Early Warning System
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Self Enhancement, Inc. helps prevent dropouts in Portland Public Schools

In Portland, community nonprofit Self Enhancement, Inc. (SEI) works in the Northeast neighborhood to provide each student with a “SEI coordinator.” They are guided by the Whole School Model (WSM) through which participants graduate at a rate of 98 percent. The coordinators have a one-on-one mentorship that embodies the deep connections necessary for students to stay on track. Activities range from academic guidance to providing resources such as counseling. In 2009, Portland Public Schools (PPS) sought out SEI and their partnership began in 2011. Community-based organizations such as this are critical to keeping students in school to earn their diploma.

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Eastern Promise provides college credit & improved outcomes to Eastern Oregon HS students


Eastern Promise is a collaboration between Blue Mountain Community College, Eastern Oregon University, Treasure Valley Community College and the InterMountain Education Service District, allowing many school districts in Eastern Oregon to offer students college credit for courses taught by high school teachers under the guidance of college faculty. In 2014, 96.6 percent of 12th graders enrolled in Oregon’s Eastern Promise program graduated high school. That same year, college enrollment among Eastern Promise students was 14.1 percentage points higher than the state average. And the college persistence rate for Eastern Promise students was 75.4 percent, far exceeding the statewide rate of 31.1 percent.

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Early College High Schools

Early college high schools expose students to college academics while they are still in high school through partnerships at low or no cost to the students. This program helps students from historically underrepresented groups to achieve in higher education. Across ten schools in five states in diverse geographies, students who gained access to an Early College high school graduated and attained postsecondary certificates at higher rates than their peers in standard programs. Additionally, students lowered their need to take remedial courses. Students put into these early colleges through a lottery system graduated at a rate of 86 percent, compared to 81 percent for the comparison group. Such benefits indicate that targeted interventions in high school lead to students who are better prepared for higher education.

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Accelerated Options offers college credit and reduces student expenses


Accelerated Options, offered by all seven Oregon University System (OUS) institutions to high school students throughout the state, is a partnership with secondary and post-secondary institutions which allows accredited high school teachers and professors to teach dual enrollment courses. As a result of Accelerated Options, 44 percent of first-year students in OUS institutions earned some form of early college credit in 2011-13. When students enter college with credit, they lower their total tuition burden and are more likely to graduate.


Career Technical Education Center in Salem

A new career technical education center has demonstrated the effectiveness of combining classroom study with hands-on learning in programs like residential construction and 3D design for game and television production, thanks to a multi-million-dollar grant from a local benefactor.

CTE leads to great graduation rates at Sherwood High School


Sherwood High School offers CTE courses ranging from traditional woodworking to 3D design and production, to residential construction. The school’s CTE program has even gotten the attention of national media. Sherwood High’s population typically is more than 1,500 students and boasts an above-average graduation rate of 93 percent.

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Beaverton’s Health & Science School outperforms the district


The Beaverton School District has a Health & Science School (HS2) made possible through a CTE Revitalization Grant, along with contributions from business and community partners. Students apply to the school and become engaged in expeditionary learning, connecting their education to a professional vision and measurable achievement. In 2013-2014, the Beaverton SD had an overall graduation rate of 79.7 percent, whereas HS2’s graduation rate was 86 percent.

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