Report: Ore. graduation rates for minorities at about 50 percent

Report: Ore. graduation rates for minorities at about 50 percent

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – A new report on Oregon high school graduation rates shows that less than half of black students and 53 percent of Hispanic students graduated on-time.

Overall, 66 percent of students in the Class of 2009 graduated within four years, according to the Oregon Department of Education.

Banks, a small community west of Portland, had the best graduation rate at 90 percent.

Only half of Redmond's students graduated on time. Portland's graduation rate was just 53 percent.

The report uses new calculations to meet federal requirements that go into effect next year. Officials say it more clearly shows where every Oregon students ends up after four years of high school.

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