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Oregon Diploma - Personalized Learning Requirements

In designing the Oregon Diploma, the State Board of Education remains committed to preparing each student for successful transitions to his or her next steps. Personalized learning, learning beyond the classroom and connections to the adult world are critical for preparing each student, whatever path they take after graduation, for the vast challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. 

The following requirements personalize the diploma for each student and help students plan for their post-high school education and career goals: 

Education Plan and Profile

The education plan and profile assists students in pursuing their personal, educational, and career interests and post-high school goals. The education plan serves as a “road map” to guide students’ learning throughout school and prepare them for next steps after high school. The education profile serves as a “compass” that documents students’ progress and achievement toward their goals and helps them to stay on course. 

The student is responsible, with guidance, to develop and manage his or her personal plan and profile. The school is responsible for providing a process and guidance to students. The process should begin no later than 7th grade and continue through 12th grade, with regular reviews and updates. The process should be designed with flexibility to allow students to change their plans as their personal and career interests and goals evolve along the way.

Education Plan & Profile Resources
  • Education Plan & Profile (2008): This document outlines the purpose and components of the Education Plan and Profile (EPP), and includes a sample EPP.
  • Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling: Each school district in Oregon is expected to have a comprehensive guidance and counseling program (CGC) in place to support students' transitions throughout school, achievement of the diploma requirements, and preparation for post-high school next steps. Comprehensive guidance and counseling is an integral part of the school support system that advances high quality learning opportunities. Comprehensive guidance and counseling programs promote successful transitions by providing opportunities for each student to acquire and master critical academic, career, personal/social, and community involvement skills. These skills enable each student to learn, to work, to interact with others, and to contribute.

Career Related Experience

Career-related learning experiences are structured educational experiences that connect learning to the world beyond the classroom. They are planned in the student’s education plan in relation to his/her career interests and post-high school goals. Experiences provide opportunities in which students apply academic, career-related, and technical knowledge and skills and may also help students to clarify career goals. 

Communities small and large, rural and urban can support quality career-related learning experiences. Partnerships with local employers and community organizations provide a variety of opportunities, building upon the community’s strengths and resources. Beyond the local community, regional opportunities help increase the school’s capacity, and technology offers expanding possibilities worldwide. Career-related learning experiences can take place in a variety of ways and places- in school, the workplace, or in the community. Most importantly, these experiences are about learning, not about the type of experience or the place. 

These experiences may include, but are not required to be included, nor are they limited to: field-based investigations; field trips; guest speakers; job shadows; service learning; school-based enterprises; workplace mentoring and workplace simulations.

Career Related Experience Resources

Extended Application

Extended application is the application of knowledge and skills in the context of the student’s personal and career interests and post-high school goals. Students use knowledge and skills to solve problems, create products, and make presentations in new and complex situations. 

Extended application is based upon the principles of contextual teaching and learning and brain-based research. Extended application engages students in significant activities that help them connect academic studies to their context in real life situations. By making these connections students see meaning and relevance in their schoolwork.

Extended Application Resources

Related Resources

  • Student Engagement
  • Connecting Schools, Families and Communities for Youth Success: This publication by Education Northwest, Partnerships by Design: Cultivating Effective and Meaningful School-Family-Community Partnerships, was written as a complement to the resource and training manual, Planning for Youth Success (Dorfman, et al, 2001), which outlines how family and community members can work with school staff and students to set standards for youth success that are unique to the community and create a project around a shared goal.

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