- Associated Press - Monday, January 26, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon has nowhere to go but up when it releases the graduation rate for the class of 2014 on Thursday.

A U.S. Department of Education report shows Oregon’s 69 percent graduation rate for the class of 2013 was worst among the 49 states able to calculate their rates in the way required by the federal government.

State education officials acknowledge rates are too low. But they say definitions and requirements aren’t identical from state to state, so comparisons should be made with caution.

The Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/3YTzCC ) the state is expanding the definition of who is a high school graduate to be more inclusive, beginning with the class of 2014. For example, students awarded modified diplomas were considered completers, not graduates, in 2013. That will change Thursday.

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Information from: The Oregonian, https://www.oregonlive.com

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