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NEW! Is a College Degree Worth It? The short answer: YES!

In purely economic terms, the return on investment (ROI) for a bachelor's degree is around 15%, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. College graduates tend to earn about 75% more than high school graduates over the course of a lifetime – up to a $1 million dollars more. Of course, some degrees pay off more than others, so which degrees are a better investment than others?

Click here to find out which degrees pay off better than the average

Smarter Balanced State Assessment Goes into Effect

The State of Oregon has implemented a new state assessment called Smarter Balanced to replace the previous OAKS state assessment. Smarter Balanced is closely aligned with Common Core, the State-adopted teaching standards. All students are required to take the Smarter Balanced Assessment their junior year, and must meet benchmark requirements in math, reading, and writing to be eligible to graduate.

Click here to read more about the Smarter Balanced Assessment

Click here to view frequently asked questions about the SBAC