6 out of 10 Oregon high school graduates go on

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PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- New data shows Oregon high schools send six in 10 graduates to college. That's a lot fewer than the state's goal of having 80 percent of its young people earn a community college or university degree.

In the past, education officials have depended on self-reporting to find out how many kids go to college. It turns out the students painted an overly enthusiastic portrait of their future plans.

The Oregonian (http://is.gd/uEdtN6 ) reports new statistics are being provided to every Oregon school district this month. They come from the nation's premier source of college enrollment verification.

The new stats show that even some of Oregon's strongest school districts are falling short of the college goal.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com