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Oregon Diploma - Credit Requirements


In January of 2007, the State Board of Education voted to strengthen 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:

  1. Successfully complete the credit requirements.
  2. Demonstrate proficiency in the Essential Skills.
  3. Meet the personalized learning requirements.

Phase-In Schedule

A phase-in schedule (2007 – 2014) has been created to allow students, families, schools and teachers to adequately prepare to meet these new requirements.

  • Graduation in 2012 = Requirements for students first enrolled in grade 9 during the 2008-2009 school year.
  • Graduation in 2013 = Requirements for students first enrolled in grade 9 during the 2009-2010 school year.
  • Graduation in 2014 and beyond = Requirements for students first enrolled in grade 9 during the 2010-2011 school year and in any subsequent school year.

*Applied and integrated courses aligned to standards can meet credit requirements.

**Lab experiences can take place outside of the school in field-based experiences.


  • 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.

  • Credit for Proficiency Guidance

    All students have the option to earn credit by demonstrating proficiency. This means that a student is given credit for successful demonstration of knowledge and skills that meets or exceeds defined levels of performance. Students may demonstrate proficiency through classroom work or documentation of learning experiences outside of school, or through a combination of these means.

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