The Data

Collection and analysis of data portrayed in The Education Pathway grew out of ECONorthwest work in support of the Oregon Education Investment Board, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission, and the Governor’s Office in 2014 in preparation for 2015 policy and budget packages. ECONorthwest received postsecondary outcome data from the Community College and Workforce Development Department and from the Oregon University System for Oregon K12 students who were sophomores in the 2003-04 school year (that is, expected graduates of the Class of 2006). The Oregon Department of Education supplemented the OUS/CCWD matches with data from the National Student Clearinghouse to capture students who attended private and out-of-state institutions.

The Sankey diagram visualizes the analysis of credentials through the 2013 school year for the cohort. Census estimates suggest each of those numbers will continue to rise as members of the cohort age into their late 20s.

 

What Is Not Shown?

GED attainment rates are not included in the data set and are thus not included in the visual. Based on research of state-wide GED completion rates, ECONorthwest estimates that somewhere between 14 percent and 17 percent (or roughly two-thirds of those who did not complete high school) of the cohort included in the visual have obtained a GED by age 25.

This visual does not include those students who attended a private school within Oregon. About 8 to 10 percent of high school students attend private schools in Oregon. Private school students typically participate in postsecondary education and complete at higher rates than public high school students.

In order to protect the identity of individual students and comply with Oregon Department of Education practices, unique pathways from 10th grade through postsecondary enrollment and completion shown in the visual include only paths with at least seven individual student records. Therefore, in cases where a sub-cohort is too small, data for some filter categories cannot be displayed.

In order to protect the identity of individual students and comply with Oregon Department of Education data policies, some small pathways from 10th grade through postsecondary enrollment and completion are not shown when student characteristic filters are applied. Filters resulting in small numbers of students are also not available; this has been done to ensure that the visual reflects actual student outcomes. District-level and school-level filters with at least 75 students in the cohort are shown in their entirety.

 

Filters

  • Gender: Self-reported gender.
  • Race/Ethnicity: Self-reported race or ethnicity.
    • An individual identifying as Hispanic and no other non-white race is reported as Hispanic.
    • An individual identifying as Hispanic and some other non-white race is reported as Multi-Ethnic.
    • An individual identifying as non-Hispanic is reported as their identified race.
    • An individual not identifying as a particular race or ethnicity is reported as “Declined to Report.” This is no longer an option for more recent student cohorts.
  • Income level (low income, non low income): This status is primarily based on student participation in the free- or reduced-price lunch program (FRL), which requires a family income of less than 185 percent of the federal poverty level.
  • High School: This filter allows for the selection of all 10th graders within a high school for this cohort. . Student characteristic filters may not be applied in order to protect the identity of individual students.
  • School District: This filter allows for the selection of all 10th graders within a school district for this cohort. Student characteristic filters may not be applied in order to protect the identity of individual students.