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Guidance for Districts

GuidanceIn January of 2007, the State Board of Education voted to adopt new high school graduation requirements. 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 page is designed to provide materials and resources to support schools and districts as they examine their readiness to implement the Oregon Diploma.

Diploma Requirements

Applied Academics

  • Applied Academic Brief PDF  Publication 03/19/2009 (548.91 KB)
    Applied academics is instruction that helps students understand academic content such as mathematics, language arts, or science by linking that content to its application in careers.
  • Applied Academic Guidelines PDF   06/15/2011 (127.73 KB)
    With adoption of the new Oregon diploma requirements in 2007, the State Board of Education endorsed the option for students to earn academic credit through their Career and Technical Education (CTE) coursework. As a result, many districts are considering various alternatives to the traditional time-based system for students to earn academic math, science, and language arts credits. This document provides guidance for those alternatives consistent with all current Oregon and federal rules.

Assessment of Essential Skills

  • Oregon's Essential Skills
    Beginning in 2012, students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in certain Essential Skills that are deemed critical for future success before they are awarded the diploma.

Implementation Videos

In 2009 the Oregon Department of Education developed an Oregon Diploma Video DVD and accompanying resource materials to provide an overall awareness of the new Diploma requirements and to help stimulate discussion around diploma implementation within schools and districts.

Successful Practices

Highlighted policies and practices of school districts around Oregon.

Glossary of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment Terms

The glossary contains definitions for a variety of terms used across program areas.

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