With more than 970,000 pre-K through postsecondary school students, Oregon boasts three of the five most populous school districts in the Northwest (Portland, Salem-Keizer, and Beaverton). More than 1 in 5 public school students are identified as Hispanic and almost 15 percent of the population age 5 and older speaks a language other than English at home.
REL Northwest works with two research alliances in the state. The Oregon Leadership Network Research Alliance brings together district leaders and other stakeholders who are committed to equity, including increasing graduation rates and reducing disparities in discipline referrals for students of color and other subgroups. The Oregon College and Career Readiness Research Alliance aims at improving students’ success through better alignment between the state’s secondary and postsecondary education systems.
“REL Northwest [has] helped support work underway by the Oregon Education Investment Board (OEIB) and the staff of the Chief Education Officer by providing updates on research that is directly aligned with specific foci of the OEIB, focused literature reviews, and insights on other related projects underway in the region. Within the last year we have appreciated the opportunity to access relevant resources and literature reviews focused on instructional assistant career pathways, rural education needs, education network systems, and dual credit student outcomes.”—Hilda Rosselli, College and Career Readiness Director, Oregon Education Investment Board