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4/21/2008 1:37:00 PM
State Board Ties Tests to Diplomas in 2012
At their regular meeting on Friday, April 18, the State Board of Education endorsed the use of state tests as an option for students to demonstrate proficiency in reading, writing and mathematics to earn a High School Diploma beginning with next year’s ninth graders. These students will graduate as the class of 2012.

Students will have multiple options for attaining diplomas with various pathways to demonstrate proficiency in addition to the state tests — including a way for students who do not meet standard scores to be deemed proficient by their teachers.

Comments from stakeholders around the state and the results of an internet survey supported this approach with 71% of survey respondents agreeing or strongly agreeing that state tests should be used for this purpose. 72% also agreed or strongly agreed that nationally normed tests such as the SAT and ACT should also be an option for students to demonstrate proficiency toward a diploma. Score levels have not yet been established for these tests.

Survey results and additional information can be found at: http://www.ode.state.or.us/stateboard/asmt-of-es-survey-result-ho-d.-kosty.doc MS-Word

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