Sunday, January 13, 2013

Portland Public Schools: just seven percent of Pacific Islander student body is college ready

Like most Western states, Oregon has a much higher concentration of Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders than the nation as a whole.  The Census Bureau reports that over 25,000 Pacific Islanders live in the state; a 61 percent increase over the last ten years. (As an aside, that boost in numbers includes my sister and her five kids.)

Unfortunately, one of Oregon's largest school districts doesn't seem to be preparing its Pacific Islander students for academic success: The Oregonian reports that only seven percent of the Portland School District's Pacific Islander students are ready for college.

By comparison, 37 percent of the district's overall student population is college ready.

You can read the article here: link and the report that its based on here: link


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