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Portland schools add students at a fast pace

New enrollment data from Oregon Department of Education confirms that Portland Public Schools is the state's second-fastest growing district, behind Medford's school district.

The Wednesday report, which follows preliminary data from October, shows a gain of 472 students (1.03 percent) for PPS.

Medford public schools grew by 1.14 percent.

Statewide enrollment, however, continues its five-year decrease; this year the loss was 382 students (.07 percent).

The number of low-income, special education and English Language Learners continues to rise across the board.

Here are a few interesting trends:

• The largest PPS class is kindergarteners, with 4,037 students. The class sizes shrink through ninth grade, at 3,081 students, then pick up again.

• The latest racial demographics for PPS: 56 percent white, 15.5 percent Hispanic, 12 percent black, 8 percent Asian, 1 percent American Indian/Alaskan Native, 0.96 percent Pacific Islander, and 6 percent multi-racial.

• Nearby districts with the largest growth include Beaverton (by 0.98 percent), Hillsboro (0.39 percent), Reynolds (0.32 percent)

• Nearby districts with the largest losses include: David Douglas (1.15 percent), North Clackamas (1.05 percent), Gresham-Barlow (0.16 percent)