SAKEM, Oregon - Oregon continues to be one of the lowest ranking graduation rankings in the United States, unchanged from the previous year. It ranked No. 47 for two years before that, but sank a notch when Alaska raised its success rate.
The only states that still have lower rates than Oregon are Nevada and New Mexico. Both states registered more year over year improvement at getting students to earn diplomas than Oregon did
Oregon has occupied this position for several years. The Oregon Education Association, the statewide teachers' union, says the problem is money.
"Our students are continuing to pay the price for our inadequate funding of public education," OEA President John Larson said in a statement. "Oregonians must come together and solve our school funding crisis so that all Oregon students have the opportunity to reach their highest potential."
Larson may be right: according to NCES statistics for 2013-14 (table 5), Oregon spent about 10 percent less per pupil than the national average, although the number for that year $9,959, was still more than in 21 other states.