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In January of 2007, the State Board of Education voted to adopt new high school graduation requirements. These new requirements are designed to better prepare each student for success in college, work, and citizenship. To earn a diploma, students will need to successfully complete the credit requirements, demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills, and meet the personalized learning requirements. Students will also have the option to earn credit for proficiency. A phase-in schedule (2007 – 2014) has been created to allow students, families, schools and teachers to adequately prepare to meet these new requirements.

Diploma Requirements

Credit Requirements 

A summary of changes to the minimum statewide credit requirements for graduation.
All students must demonstrate proficiency in these process skills before they are awarded the diploma. 

Personalized Learning Requirements 

Resources for Education Plan and Profile, Extended Application, Career-Related Learning Experiences, and Career-Related Learning Standards. 
 
Credit for Proficiency provides students the opportunity to earn graduation credits within Oregon’s standards-based system by demonstrating what they know and can do.

Resource Links

Background

A review of the evolution of the diploma requirements from survey results to the State Board decision paper. 
Summaries of the diploma requirements as determined by the year the student was first enrolled in Grade 9.

Guidance for Districts

Materials and resources to support districts as they implement diploma requirements. 

Honors Diploma Seal Request Form

An Oregon honors diploma seal is available for public school students who have obtained a GPA of 3.5 or above. Use this form to submit your request.

Oregon Diploma Questions and Answers:

  • General Questions & Answers (Q&A): This document, last updated June 2011, provides frequently asked Q & A regarding the Oregon Diploma and the following topics: Credit Requirements, Essential Skills, Personalized Learning, Credit for Proficiency, and Standards and Assessment. 
  • Modified Diploma Q&A: This document, last updated June 2010, provides Q&A specific to the Modified Diploma

Diploma Brochures - Translations

The Oregon Department of Education has produced a brochure: “Moving Education Forward” which provides an overview of the Oregon Diploma changes. The brochure is available in print in English and electronically in:

High School Exit Options

As Oregon students work to be successful in their next steps (e.g. postsecondary education and training, workforce entry, career school, apprenticeship, military) the Department of Education is committed to ensuring a variety of options are available to meet all students’ needs. 

Oregon Diploma

In January of 2007, the State Board of Education voted to adopt new high school graduation requirements. These new requirements are designed to better prepare each student for success in college, work, and citizenship. To earn a diploma, students will need to successfully complete the credit requirements, demonstrate proficiency in essential skills, and meet the personalized learning requirements.

Modified Diploma

Passage of HB 2848 requires districts to offer a Modified Diploma “to those students who have demonstrated the inability to meet the full set of academic content standards even with reasonable modifications and accommodations.”
In December 2009, the State Board of Education adopted new extended diploma requirements. Districts or public charter schools shall award an extended diploma only to students who have demonstrated the inability to meet the full set of academic content standards even with reasonable modifications and accommodations. Students must have a documented history of an inability to maintain grade level achievement due to significant learning and instructional barriers or have a documented history of a medical condition that creates a barrier to achievement, and participate in an alternate assessment or have a serious illness or injury that changes the student’s ability to participate in grade level activities.
In accordance with HB 2848 a school district or public charter school shall award an alternative certificate to a student who does not satisfy the requirements for a diploma if the student meets criteria established by the board of the school district or public charter school.
The General Educational Development Testing Service (GEDTS) enables approved states to provide access to the GED Option Program for selected secondary students who are enrolled in school. Oregon school districts and education service districts with an approved GED Option Program Application are given the opportunity to retain enrollment of 16 and 17-year-old students while they study for and take GED Subtests. Because they remain in school, students continue toward achieving the academic credits and Essential skills required for graduation and do not need an Exemption from Compulsory Attendance to access GED tests.
 

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