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Oregon’s 40-40-20 Education Goal

Oregon has one of highest-reaching state goals for education in the country.  In 2011, the Oregon Legislature created this aspirational goal for Oregon’s educational achievement that by 2025:

  • 40 percent of Oregonians will complete a 4-year degree,
  • 40 percent of Oregonians will complete a 2-year degree or certificate, and
  • 20 percent will earn a high school diploma or the equivalent.
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Governor Brown’s education agenda, released in fall 2018, focuses on seven strategies to achieve the goal of putting Oregon on a path to graduating every student in high school. These strategies include: 
  1. Expand access to high-quality preschool for low-income children.
  2. Improved class sizes in grades K-3.
  3. Require a 180-day school year. 
  4. Ensure safe and effective schools.
  5. Invest in career and technical education and post-secondary pathways.
  6. Support world-class teachers world-class teachers and school leaders.
  7. Every Orgeon school district is accountable to investing resources that are tied to equitable student outcomes.
Read more: Education Policy Agenda: Every Oregon Student Engaged, Empowered, and Future Ready

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