The on-time graduation rate for Oregon high school students in the class of 2012 is up, but barely. The Oregonian reported that state figures showed the rate rose by less than a percentage point and remains at 68 percent.
Gov. John Kitzhaber and his chief education officer, Rudy Crew, call 68 percent unacceptably low. Meeting the state's goal of having all students complete high school by 2025 would require a higher rate of improvement, about 1.5 percentage points a year.
The class of 2012 was required to pass a reading test or equivalent to graduate. The Oregonian said most students who stayed in school through senior year but didn't get a diploma lost out because they failed too many classes, not the test.