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Academic Content Standards

The Arts

The arts are where learning starts, from a child’s first exploration of meaning on a page by finger painting to an adult's use of the arts to develop, understand and communicate new ideas.


The goal of a comprehensive Health Education program is to promote healthful living and discourage health-risk behaviors. School health programs can help ensure that students are fit, healthy, and ready to learn every day.

Library/Media Education

The library standards speak to the needs of the 21st Century Learner. Information literacy, Reading Engagement, Social Responsibility and Technology Integration are important corner stones to the .com generation.

Comprehensive School Counseling

Comprehensive school counseling programs promote successful transitions by providing opportunities for each student to acquire and master critical academic, career, social/emotional, and community involvement skills. These skills enable each student to learn, to work, to interact with others, and to contribute.

English Language Arts

The ability to communicate well--to read, write, listen, and speak--prepares students for life. Language skills are essential tools not only because they serve as the necessary basis for further learning and career development but also because they enrich the human experience and foster responsible citizenship.

World Languages

The benefits of learning a second language go beyond the lifelong ability to communicate with a greater number of people and an enhanced understanding of another culture. Research has demonstrated that the study of a second language also results in improved academic performance, higher order thinking skills, and increased opportunities for success in the expanding global community. Our challenge is to provide all Oregon students with the opportunity to benefit from the study of a second language. 

Dual credit/Assessment-based Learning Standards - Adopted June 9, 2016

Adopted June 9, 2016 by the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. High school teachers teaching college or university courses in a Sponsored Dual Credit Program have access to essential academic resources comparable to those used in other sections of the same courses offered by the sponsoring college or university as deemed appropriate by faculty in the department/program where credit will be awarded.


Mathematics provides a foundation for the learning of science and technology as well as for the interpretation of quantitative information in other subjects.

Physical Education

The goal of the Physical Education program is the development of a physically-educated person, one who knows the benefits from involvement in physical activity, values physical activity and its contributions to a healthy lifestyle and who has learned skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities, is physically fit, participates regularly in physical activity.


What the future holds in store for individuals, the nation, and the world depends largely on the wisdom with which humans use science and technology. And that, in turn, depends on the character and effectiveness of the education that people receive.

Social Sciences

Social Sciences Education aims to help students develop as rational, humane and productive citizens in a democratic society. Social Sciences Curriculum and Assessment materials provide information for districts, schools, teachers, parents, and students about instruction and assessment in Civics, Economics, Geography, History, and Social Science Analysis.

Instructional Materials

Instructional materials used in Oregon’s classrooms need to reflect the most current information and research and be aligned to academic content standards. To this end, these instructional materials are subject, by law, to a review process and must meet established specifications and criteria in order to be approved by the State Board of Education for use in classrooms.

English Language Proficiency (ELP) Standards

ELP Standards, developed for K,1, 2-3, 4- 5, 6-8, and 9-12 grades, highlight and amplify the critical language, knowledge about language, and skills using language that are in college-and-career-ready standards and that are necessary for English language learners (ELLs) to be successful in schools.

Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines

Oregon’s Early Learning and Kindergarten Guidelines offer a continuum of learning and development, for children ages three through kindergarten, in the domains of approaches to learning, social-emotional development, language and communication, literacy, and mathematics. The Guidelines align and, in some cases, adjust or add to the goals and progressions identified in Oregon’s early learning standards for children ages 3-5 and the standards identified in the Common Core State Standards for Kindergarten. Additionally, the Guidelines provide new kindergarten standards in the areas of social-emotional development and approaches to learning. 

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