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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 and Profile (2018)

    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

What is the extended application standard?

The Extended Application experience is designed to be a bridge between a student's high school learning experience and their personal interests, goals, and future career. During this experience, students apply the knowledge and skills they learn in school in the context of their personal career interests, and post-high school goals.

According to Oregon Administrative Rule OAR 581-021-0435, each student's educational plan and profile will monitor their progress towards the extended application standard. "Extended Application Standard" is defined as: The application and extension of knowledge and skills in the new and complex situations related to the student's personal career interests and post-high school goals (OAR 581-022-0102).

Extended application is required as for standard/regular diplomas. The rule states that "each student shall build a collection of evidence, or include evidence in existing collections, to demonstrate extended application of the standards as defined in OAR 581-022-0102."

Extended diploma (OAR 581-022-2015) and alternative certificate (OAR 581-022-2020) do not required personalized learning, and therefore do not require extended application.

Is the extended application standard new?

No, the extended application standard has been in place for many years, and nothing new is required of schools to meet this standard.

What does the extended application look like in districts around Oregon?

Here are some examples of how Oregon’s school districts have met the extended application standard:

Do other states have anything similar to the extended application standard?

Yes!  Here are a few examples.

For more information on this topic, email Kristidel McGregor, Accelerated Learning Education Specialist.