Programs Starting 2018-19
Increasing the Graduation Rate,
Decreasing Costs of Oregon Dropouts
The Foundation for Educational Choice and the Cascade Policy Institute concluded that dropouts reduce Oregon’s tax revenue by $173 million per year, have higher Medicaid costs by nearly $219 million per year, and the cost of incarceration (2008) was $48.9 million, for a total of approximately $440 million. There is no doubt that the best outcome for every Oregon student is to achieve a diploma and Oregon CTE supports this with a 97% graduation rate.
CTE Works for High School Students
High school students involved in CTE are more engaged, perform better and graduate at higher rates.
- 81 percent of dropouts say relevant, real-world learning opportunities would have kept them in high school.
- The average high school graduation rate for students concentrating in CTE programs is 90.18 percent, compared to an average national freshman graduation rate of 74.9 percent.
- More than 70 percent of secondary CTE concentrators pursued postsecondary education shortly after high school.