High School Graduation

In Business Prosperity, Education & Informed Community Members, Equity, Individual & Family Prosperity, Strong Sense of Community, Thriving Kids by Liza

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High school graduates have higher lifetime earning capabilities than their less-educated peers. Studies suggest that each additional year completed in high school is correlated with 10–14 percent higher lifetime earnings.[i] In addition to lost earnings, high dropout rates represent societal costs, including billions of dollars in lost revenues, welfare programs, unemployment programs, and crime prevention and prosecution.[ii] High school completion is also strongly correlated with civic participation later in life, especially voting.[iii] The Oregon Department of Education has set a target of reaching 100 percent high school graduation by 2024–2025. To meet this goal, the department establishes graduation targets each year, based on graduation rates in previous years, and these targets vary across population groups.[iv]