Oregon Department of Education

Students - Meeting My Needs


Meeting My Needs
Students are diverse in their needs and interests. To assure that all students have the opportunity to reach their potential, every effort must be made to meet these unique needs and foster individual interests. Career learning areas, special education, Talented and Gifted education, alternative education and many more opportunities offered in Oregon schools can make a difference in finding the key to each student’s success.

  • Advanced Placement
    The Oregon Advanced Placement Programs help students, in low-income situations, participate in rigorous academic coursework that will increase their opportunities and get a head start into college.
  • Alternative Education
    This page contains links to information about public and private alternative education options for students, including Oregon Statutes and Administrative Rules, the list of registered private alternative programs, the annual report of district programs and contact persons, Frequently Asked Questions, and "Student Voices: Why School Works for Alternative High School Students."
  • Home Schooling
    Find pertinent laws, sample school district board policies and questions and answers related to home schooling in Oregon.
  • Oregon Diploma
    Preparing each student for advanced learning, work and citizenship.
  • Oregon Skill Sets
    The Oregon Skill Sets are lists of those things students need to know and be able to do in order to be successful in Oregon’s educational and career environments. These knowledge and skill sets will be used by Oregon educators at all levels to help identify what educational experiences Oregon students need to have in order to be successful in whatever they choose to do next in their lives. The lists include academic, technical and career related knowledge and skills.
  • Talented and Gifted (TAG)
    Talented and Gifted Education serves the purpose of providing instruction that challenges high-end learners and meets each student's learning needs. Resources and support materials for districts, schools, teachers, parents, and students are included.
  • Service Learning
    This site features Grant Opportunities, Professional Development information, and Resources for Service-Learning.
  • IDEA Compliance and District Resources
    The Individuals with Disabilities Act of 2004 (IDEA 2004) mandates the provision of a free and appropriate public education (FAPE) for students eligible for special education services. An Individualized Education Program (IEP) is developed listing the specialized designed instruction and related services that will be provided to the student. Parent and student participation in decision-making is a key component of the IEP process.