Some high schools in Oregon are creating an optional “13th grade” in order to provide students with another year of academic support while boosting the state’s on-time graduation rate.
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At 69 percent statewide, Oregon had the second-lowest graduation rate in the nation for the Class of 2013, according to the U.S. Department of Education.
For keeping the students in high school an extra year, the state will pay each school $6,500 per pupil. That money will be used to pay for three semesters of community college tuition for these “super seniors,” entirely at taxpayer expense.