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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.
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.
This document, last updated June 2010, provides Q&A specific to the Modified Diploma
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:
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.
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