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.

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