Education in Portland, Oregon
Photo by Ron Miller courtesy The International School
Education is a big deal in the Portland area, and as a result the region boasts a highly educated workforce. According to recent U.S. Census data, about 44 percent of Portland residents over the age of 25 have at least a bachelor’s degree, outpacing the national average of 28 percent, while more than 90 percent of residents are high school graduates. These numbers are due in large part to the region’s strong educational opportunities at every level, from early childhood and K-12 options to the numerous high-quality postsecondary institutions that call Oregon and Southwest Washington home.
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Preparing for Postsecondary Pursuits
Students in Oregon have access to both the ACT and SAT—the two exams commonly accepted by colleges and universities across the country. For the most part, Oregon’s colleges and universities accept scores from either exam, and participation rates among high school students in the Beaver State are similar for each.
In 2013, the Oregon Department of Education reported that 12,857 students took the ACT exam, with an average composite score of 21.5. This was above the national average score of 20.5. There were 15 Oregon students achieving a perfect score of 36 on the ACT. That same year, 15,718 individuals took the SAT, with Oregon students outpacing the national counterparts in the areas of reading, math and writing. In fact, the state was second in the country in terms of critical reading scores on the exam.
A Wide Range of Educational Options
When it comes to receiving a quality education in the Portland area, there is certainly no shortage of options for children, families and young adults—along with those who are looking to continue their education or professional development later in life. The city has great public and private K-12 schools and alternative education options, as well as numerous vocational, two-year and four-year postsecondary opportunities. If you’re ready to learn, Portland is a great place to be.