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Mathematics Achievement Standards


In a move to prepare students for the increased rigors of the new Common Core State Standards and the Oregon Diploma, the Oregon State Board of Education voted on October 28, 2010 to increase math achievement standards (cut scores) for grades 3-8, effective for the 2010-11 school year. The previous high school cut score for "Meets" of 236 remains the same.

Mathematics Achievement Standards The math achievement standards were reviewed by an expert panel in August, 2010, as part of a three-year process to align Oregon math achievement standards to the 2007/2009 content standards. Recommendations were made to increase the level of math students are expected to know in elementary and middle school to create better alignment between the lower grades and the new high school graduation requirements for math.

While the increased rigor of the new cut scores will initially result in fewer students meeting the achievement standard, this higher bar is necessary to get our students ready for the new Oregon graduation requirements and success after high school. Fewer students meeting the achievement standard will not mean students know less than they did the year before or that they are doing worse in school. These new achievement standards simply require a higher level of mastery of mathematics information and concepts.

Please see the links below for additional resources, tools, and materials relating to the change in math cut scores. We will continue to add to these resources over the coming months as additional materials are finalized.


Professional Development


Math Resources


Achievement Level Descriptors

Standards Setting Process

Reference Materials

Communication Tools



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