Academic Achievement

Student performance in Oregon is lower than average. Fourth graders stand just below the national average for students at or above the proficient level on both the NAEP math and reading exams. The national average is 42% for math and 34% for reading.

Academic Achievement for Low-Income and Minority Students

Oregon earns a low grade on academic achievement for low-income and minority students. Twenty percent of Hispanic 4th graders score at or above the proficient level on the NAEP math exam. The national average is 26%. Because the state does not have a large enough African-American student population to meet NAEP sampling requirements, Oregon’s grade is based on low-income and Hispanic students. 

Return on Investment

Student achievement in Oregon is high relative to state spending after controlling for cost of living. 

Truth in Advertising: Student Proficiency

Oregon posts mediocre marks on the credibility of its student proficiency scores. The grade is based on the difference between the percentage of students identified as proficient in reading and math on the 2011 state exams and the percentage identified as proficient on the 2011 NAEP reading and math tests.

Postsecondary and Workforce Readiness

Oregon earns a failing grade preparing its students for college and careers. Students’ chances for college attendance by age 19 are especially low compared with the national average.

21st Century Teacher Force

Oregon does a weak job of creating a strong teacher workforce. The Beaver State struggles to expand the pool of teachers and remove ineffective ones. 

Parental Options

Oregon does a mediocre job providing parents with strong school choice options. Its charter school law only permits school boards to authorize new schools, and it has fairly limited school choice options.

Data Quality

Oregon earns a very good grade collecting and reporting high-quality education data. It creates progress reports for students and teachers, links student performance data to teacher data, and funds a longitudinal data system. 


Oregon receives a poor grade employing technology to provide quality instruction and personalized learning. Students have limited access to high-quality digital learning options.

International Competitiveness

Oregon earns a mediocre grade preparing its students to compete in a global economy, with 34% of students proficient in reading and math compared with an international standard.

Fiscal Responsibility

Oregon receives average marks on fiscal responsibility. Ninety-one percent of the state’s pension is funded, but the state’s most recent contribution was only 72%.