The number of Oregon students who were homeless during the past school year has fallen, though education officials say part of the drop is because of a change in reporting methodology.
The state Education Department announced Thursday that 18,165 students were homeless at some point during 2012-13. That's a decline of more than 2,000 students from a year earlier.
The homeless classification doesn't necessarily mean the child is sleeping in a shelter or on the streets. The tag also applies to students who lack a fixed and regular nighttime residence, such as those who bounce between the homes of friends and relatives.
The Beaverton School District had the most homeless students, followed by Portland. The tiny Butte Falls School District in southern Oregon had the highest percentage of homeless students.