This OCID analysis is the first in a series of forthcoming resources that examine available state data on the lifespan of students from birth to graduation age in 2020.
Highlighted Key Findings
This descriptive analysis examines select student and family characteristics and 4-year graduation for the Oregon public high school “class of 2020.” The analysis focuses on potential disparities in graduation rates for students with different equity characteristics, income insecurity, and family or housing instability. Below is a selection of key observations about the graduation rates for students with indicators of potential income insecurity. For full results, please see the policy brief.
2020 High School Graduation Rates by Student and Family Characteristics
Four-year graduation rates of students in the 2020 class by indicators of potential exposure to income insecurity.
- Students ever enrolled in TANF (8,360 students), representing the greatest level of income insecurity in this analysis, had a graduation rate of 62%.
- Students ever enrolled in SNAP, which has a higher income eligibility than TANF, had a graduation rate of 73%.
- Among the student and family characteristics explored, only students born to a parent with 4 or more years of college education graduated at higher-than-average rates (92% compared with 81%, respectively).
Any disproportionality between personal characteristics and graduation rate does not imply that the characteristics caused the outcome or that there is a biological basis for differences between groups, but rather could suggest that structural bias and subjectivity underlying the program, process, or its criteria contribute to differences.
Related OCID Resources
Read the policy brief to learn about students enrolled in public alternative education schools and potential disparities in educational outcomes by equity components.