Six Oregon districts among worst in getting educational bang for buck

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Jefferson County, Vernonia and four other rural Oregon school districts are among the 300 worst in the nation when it comes to getting educational bang for the buck, a new study says.

All six Oregon school districts spend a lot per pupil yet produce abysmal reading and math achievement, according to the study by the Center for American Progress, a left-leaning think tank. The study takes into account how many low-income, special education and limited English students a district serves as well as the local cost-of-living.

It found that Jefferson County, Vernonia, Dayton, Coquille, Myrtle Point and Central Linn all spent a lot of money per student in 2010-11 compared with other Oregon districts -- yet got bottom-tier reading and math results, even when taking their high poverty levels and rates of special education and limited English students into account.

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