Oregon: study shows tribal students doing poorly

From Herald and News, here. An excerpt:

A study shows many tribal children do poorly in Oregon public schools, in part because they’re frequently absent, and their schools often show up at the bottom of state rankings. The study was paid for by the Spirit Mountain Community Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

The study was done by the research and consulting company ECONorthwest and overseen by the Chalkboard Project, an education reform organization. The Oregon Department of Education gave the research firm access to otherwise confidential student records to compile a database.

Among the findings reported:

■ Only about 40 percent of Oregon students who are official members of a federally recognized tribe can do math at grade level, and only about half read at grade level in elementary and middle school.

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