The gap between what our students need and what we are giving them is too large.

Earlier this year, 10,894 Oregonians spoke their minds – and hearts – about education. Despite the astonishing number of voices, Oregonians are in remarkable agreement: The gap between what Oregon students need and what we are giving them is far too large. They asked that we close it, and offered thousands of suggestions.

Two categories accounted for the vast majority of the comments:

Add teachers and staff to make classes smaller and provide an education that better engages students so that they are able to learn what they need to be successful.

Provide a broad education. Move beyond science, to technology and engineering (STEM/STEAM). Restore art and music. Offer hands-on experiences. Provide vocational and career technical opportunities. Offer more reading and writing. Teach civics and culture.

We also learned that Oregonians make two important connections:

97% consider a good education "very important" for the future of each student, and 94% consider it "very important" for the future of the state.



They understand the connection between large class sizes, lack of individual attention and guidance, and the need for more teachers.

Most of all, thousands of people described education as the solution to many of the challenges that face us individually and collectively as a state.

We learned a tremendous amount by reading the words of our neighbors. You will too. Read on.

Oregon Rising Findings

I haven’t seen anything like Oregon Rising in my 40 years of doing opinion research and public outreach across the state. It is special for both the number of Oregonians who participated, and the quality of their responses.

-- Adam Davis, DHM Research

Where We’ve Been

Oregon Rising has big goals and you’re an important part of them. If you’re new to the project, or just checking in, learn where we’ve been and where we’re going, here.

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State of Schools

When it comes to schools, we all draw from the experiences we've had as students, parents and community members. Yet the education landscape in Oregon is completely different than it was even for those who graduated as recently as five or ten years ago.

Learn more about the state of Oregon schools by watching this short video. And if you like to get into greater detail, we've assembled a library of articles and research about education in Oregon and across the nation. Dive in.

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My dream for Oregon's students is...

"I want them to not be held back by any limits because of funding, and to be able to study anything that they want to..."

About the Project

Oregon Rising is unusual. It’s not a watchdog group, it’s not partisan, and it’s not a PAC. It’s not related to a ballot or bond measure. We are gathering dreams for what Oregon schools should be, and then, working to transform Oregon's reality. The effort is sponsored by Oregon educators, teachers, leaders, superintendents, and school boards. The effort is funded by the memberships of these groups, not by school districts or the state. Learn more.

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My dream for Oregon's students is...

"Well rounded...an education that complements the individual child's talents and abilities, but still offers opportunity to challenge the student. An education that gets away from the cookie-cutter mentality that says every student must go to college or every student must excel in certain things to be a success..."

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