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Oregon Diploma - Guidance for Districts

In January of 2007, the State Board of Education voted to adopt new high school graduation requirements. A phase-in schedule (2007 – 2014) has been created to allow students, families, schools and teachers to adequately prepare to meet these new requirements. This page is designed to provide materials and resources to support schools and districts as they examine their readiness to implement the Oregon Diploma.

Diploma Requirements

  • Oregon Diploma Brief: This two-page document outlines diploma requirements.
  • Diploma OAR 581-022-1130: This rule, adopted by the State Board of Education in 1999, describes report card requirements. (Scroll down to section 1060.)
  • ORS 329.451/SB 222 Guidance: Senate Bill 222 was adopted in 2013 by the Oregon State Legislature. It provides directives to districts regarding more than 24 credits for the diploma.

Applied Academics

  • Applied Academic Brief: Applied academics is instruction that helps students understand academic content such as mathematics, language arts, or science by linking that content to its application in careers.
  • Applied Academic Guidelines: With adoption of the new Oregon diploma requirements in 2007, the State Board of Education endorsed the option for students to earn academic credit through their Career and Technical Education (CTE) coursework. As a result, many districts are considering various alternatives to the traditional time-based system for students to earn academic math, science, and language arts credits. This document provides guidance for those alternatives consistent with all current Oregon and federal rules.

Assessment of Essential Skills

Oregon's Essential Skills: Beginning in 2012, students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in certain Essential Skills that are deemed critical for future success before they are awarded the diploma.

Highlighted policies and practices of school districts around Oregon.


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