Education Capstone Report: Achieving Oregon’s Education Goals for All Students

Our audit work recommended state agencies, their partners, and the Oregon Legislature help ensure an equitable and effective education for all Oregonians in these areas:

  • coordination and clarification of roles among agencies and oversight boards
  • data informed instruction and decision-making
  • targeted support services for teachers and students
  • the high cost of child care, which restricts learning
  • education funding to support Oregon’s education goals.

Executive Summary

A strong education system is vital to the health and welfare of Oregonians. It strengthens our workforce and overall economy, and can help individuals and families transition off of public assistance.

Large changes in Oregon’s education structure the last several years are intended to create an integrated and outcomes-based system of public education. Despite plans and efforts to improve our education system, Oregon continues to struggle in areas such as low on-time high school graduation rates and high absenteeism, poor national rankings for overall student achievement, low community college and university completion rates, and continued increases in college student debt burden. Additionally, over 340,000 adult Oregonians (11%) do not have a high school diploma or equivalent.

Oregon’s workforce no longer provides the types of jobs it once did or individuals without a high school edcapstone1diploma, making education a priority for so many more Oregonians.

In the past few years the Oregon Secretary of State, Audits Division has released several performance audits focusing on efforts and opportunities to fulfill Oregon’s ambitious education goals and improve the quality of education.

Many of our education audit recommendations have been implemented, and the results of our work have been widely discussed and helped in setting policy direction for Oregon’s education system.