Portland school information

Average Test Scores51%47%49%
Student/Teacher ratio19:120:116:1
Total public schools1711,09779,221
Total private schools8836124,874
Total post-secondary schools33897,963
The Portland, OR educational system consists of 171 public schools, 88 private schools and 33 post-secondary schools. Portland public schools have average test scores of 51% which is 8% higher than than the Oregon average and 3% higher than than the national average. The student to teach ratio of Portland public schools is 19:1, compared to 20:1 in Oregon and 16:1 across all of the United States. A total of 89.0% of students have completed 8th grade, 88.4% have completed high school, 47.0% have completed a bachelor’s degree and 6.0% have completed a doctorate degree.

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  • The average school test scores in Portland are 3% higher than the national average.
  • There are approximately 171 public schools in Portland.
  • 89.0% of people in Portland have completed 8th grade.
  • 88.4% of people in Portland have completed high school.
  • 47.0% of people in Portland have completed a bachelors degree.

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Education level achieved in Portland

Completed 8th grade89.0%86.3%84.3%
Completed high school88.4%85.4%83.0%
Completed some college75.7%66.1%59.4%
Completed associate degree54.0%39.9%38.5%
Completed bachelors47.0%31.4%30.3%
Completed masters18.8%11.9%11.5%
Completed professional degree6.0%3.6%3.3%
Completed doctorate2.2%1.5%1.3%

Highest level of education achieved in Portland (high school & post-secondary)

Nearby cities with high average school scores

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Bethany, OR22,81984%71%
Cedar Mill, OR15,99379%60%
Oak Hills, OR11,67878%59%
Lake Oswego, OR38,06578%58%
West Linn, OR26,24275%52%
Portland, OR620,58951%3%

Cities with similar population

City, StatePopulationAvg. Test ScoresNational Avg.
Baltimore, MD621,00020%59%
Oklahoma City, OK620,01561%25%
Louisville, KY611,57340%19%
Milwaukee, WI598,67221%57%
Nashville, TN643,77143%12%
Portland, OR620,58951%3%
Source: The Portland, OR education data displayed above is derived from the 2016 United States Census Bureau American Community Survey (ACS) and from the National Center for Education Statistics. The average school test scores are based on all schools that completed test scores within the state. Average test scores are conducted by each state independently and the type of tests may change from one state to another. Test scores were not available for all schools within the state, but were available for the vast majority.