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The arts are where learning starts, from a child’s first exploration of meaning on a page by finger painting to an adult's use of the arts to develop, understand and communicate new ideas. The fundamental way in which we experience our world and express our selves is through the arts, and arts education develops essential skills and abilities for successful 21st century citizens.

Comprehensive Guidance and Counseling

Comprehensive guidance and counseling programs promote successful transitions by providing opportunities for each student to acquire and master critical academic, career, personal/social, and community involvement skills. These skills enable each student to learn, to work, to interact with others, and to contribute.

Digital Learning/Educational Technology

Schools in Oregon have been working to get computers in their classrooms and to get connected to the Internet. Now that teachers have technology at their disposal, what's next?

English Language Arts

The ability to communicate well--to read, write, listen, and speak--prepares students for life. Language skills are essential tools not only because they serve as the necessary basis for further learning and career development but also because they enrich the human experience and foster responsible citizenship.


The goal of a comprehensive Health Education program is to promote healthful living and discourage health-risk behaviors. School health programs can help ensure that students are fit, healthy, and ready to learn every day.


Mathematics provides a foundation for the learning of science and technology as well as for the interpretation of quantitative information in other subjects. It teaches how to reason logically and develops skills that students can carry into other disciplines and many situations in real life. Mathematics helps students understand how the world works while exposing them to some of its unanswered mysteries.

Oregon Skill Sets

The Oregon Skill Sets are lists of the things students need to know and be able to do in order to be successful in Oregon’s educational and career environments.

Physical Education

The goal of the Physical Education program is the development of a physically-educated person, one who knows the benefits from involvement in physical activity, values physical activity and its contributions to a healthy lifestyle and who has learned skills necessary to perform a variety of physical activities, is physically fit, participates regularly in physical activity.

Postsecondary CTE

Postsecondary Career & Technical Education (CTE) is a program of study at the post-high school level that integrates technical career skill proficiencies with academic content and prepares students for the workplace, further education, training, and family and community roles.


What the future holds in store for individuals, the nation, and the world depends largely on the wisdom with which humans use science and technology. And that, in turn, depends on the character and effectiveness of the education that people receive.

Library/Media Education

The library standards speak to the needs of the 21st Century Learner. Information literacy, Reading Engagement, Social Responsibility and Technology Integration are important corner stones to the .com generation. 21st Century Learners need an environment where they can formulate ideas and process information in ways that speak to them. The new School Library Standards provide direction so that the needs of this new generation of learners can be met.

Social Sciences

Social Sciences Education aims to help students develop as rational, humane and productive citizens in a democratic society. Social Sciences Curriculum and Assessment materials provide information for districts, schools, teachers, parents, and students about instruction and assessment in Civics, Economics, Geography, History, and Social Science Analysis.

World Languages

The benefits of learning a second language go beyond the lifelong ability to communicate with a greater number of people and an enhanced understanding of another culture. Research has demonstrated the study of a second language also results in improved academic performance, higher order thinking skills, and increased opportunities for success in the expanding global community. Our challenge is to provide all Oregon students with the opportunity to benefit from the study of a second language.

Related Topics

  • Indian, Native Hawaiian, and Alaska Native Education - Title VII  
    Title VII dollars support the improved academic performance of the 11,900 American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) students in Oregon by providing strategies which directly address the culturally related and academic need of AI/AN students.
  • Instructional Materials  
    Instructional materials used in Oregon’s classrooms need to reflect the most current information and research, and be tightly aligned to Oregon’s academic content standards.


  • Please refer to contacts found in each specific subject area.