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District shrinks slightly, now ninth-largest in Oregon

According to counts by Oregon school districts, Education Service Districts, and state education agencies, there were 570,857 students enrolled in K-12 public schools last fall, with more than 12,000 of those in the Tigard-Tualatin School District.

Statewide, the total marks an increase of 3,759 students, or 0.66 percent, over 2013-14 enrollment. For its part, the Tigard-Tualatin School District actually shrank by 0.33 percent to 12,676 students.

Overall, Oregon students of color represent 36 percent of the student population, the fastest growing subgroup there continuing to be Hispanic students, who represent 22 percent of the overall student population.

To access 2014-15 enrollment data, including statewide numbers for race and ethnicity, click here.

Those demographics have caused some concern among Oregon school administrators.

“Oregon’s demographics are changing. As a state, we must achieve significantly better outcomes for students of color if we want to see our achievement results increase statewide,” said Deputy Superintendent Rob Saxton. “Our state is working to address these needs with the governor’s strategic initiatives designed to help close achievement gaps, better support students, and more actively involve historically underserved communities and families.”

Of Oregon’s 197 school districts, 58 percent saw increases in enrollment since last year, 41 percent saw a decrease, and 1 percent saw no change in enrollment.

Portland Public Schools grew 1.14 percent last year and continue to comprise the state’s largest district with 47,647 students, followed by Salem-Keizer School District (40,698 students and an increase of 0.55 percent), Beaverton School District (39,763 students and an increase of 0.84 percent), Hillsboro (20,884 students and a decrease of 0.42 percent), and at No. 9 statewide, the Tigard-Tualatin School District.

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