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Oregon Department of Education

Office of Assessment and Information Services

255 Capitol Street NE

October 2008

Salem, OR 97310

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581-022-1130

Diploma Requirements

(1) Each district school board and public charter school with jurisdiction over high school programs shall award diplomas to all students who fulfill all state requirements as described in sections (2) to (10) of this rule and all local school district requirements as described in district school board policies or all public charter school requirements as described in the policies or charter of the public charter school.

(2) Unit of Credit Requirements for students graduating before July 1, 2009:

(a) Each student shall earn a minimum of 22 units of credit to include at least:

(A) English Language Arts -- 3 (shall include the equivalent of one unit in Written Composition);

(B) Mathematics -- 2;

(C) Science -- 2;

(D) Social Sciences 3 -- (including history, civics, geography and economics (including personal finance);

(E) Health Education -- 1;

(F) Physical Education -- 1;

(G) Career and Technical Education, The Arts or Second Language -- 1 (one unit shall be earned in any one or a combination).

(b) A district school board or public charter school with a three-year high school may submit through the waiver process alternative plans to meet unit requirements;

(c) A district school board or public charter school may increase the number of units required in specific areas, and may increase or decrease the number of elective units; however, the total units of credit required for graduation shall not be less than 22;

(d) A school district or public charter school may grant high school credit for courses taken prior to grade 9 if students taking pre-grade 9 courses are required to meet performance criteria that are equivalent to the performance criteria for students taking the same high school courses;

(e) Course syllabi shall be written for courses in grades 9 through 12 and shall be available to students, staff, parents, the district school board and other interested individuals.

(3) Unit of Credit Requirements for students graduating on or after July 1, 2009 and before July 1, 2012:

(a) Each student shall earn a minimum of 24 units of credit to include at least:

(A) English Language Arts -- 4 (shall include the equivalent of one unit in Written Composition);

(B) Mathematics -- 3;

(C) Science -- 2;

(D) Social Sciences 3 -- (including history, civics, geography and economics (including personal finance);

(E) Health Education -- 1;

(F) Physical Education -- 1;

(G) Career and Technical Education, The Arts or Second Language -- 1 (one unit shall be earned in any one or a combination).

(b) A district school board or public charter school with a three-year high school may submit through the waiver process alternative plans to meet unit requirements;

(c) A district school board or public charter school may increase the number of units required in specific areas, and may increase or decrease the number of elective units; however, the total units of credit required for graduation shall not be less than 24;

(d) A school district or public charter school may grant high school credit for courses taken prior to grade 9 if students taking pre-grade 9 courses are required to meet performance criteria that are equivalent to the performance criteria for students taking the same high school courses;

(e) Course syllabi shall be written for courses in grades 9 through 12 and shall be available to students, staff, parents, the district school board and other interested individuals.

(4) Unit of Credit Requirements for students graduating on or after July 1, 2012:

(a) Each student shall earn a minimum of 24 units of credit to include at least:

(A) English Language Arts -- 4 (shall include the equivalent of one unit in Written Composition);

(B) Mathematics -- 3;

(C) Science -- 3;

(D) Social Sciences 3 -- (including history, civics, geography and economics (including personal finance));

(E) Health Education -- 1;

(F) Physical Education -- 1;

(G) Career and Technical Education, The Arts or Second Language -- 3 (units shall be earned in any one or a combination).

(b) A district school board or public charter school with a three-year high school may submit through the waiver process alternative plans to meet unit requirements;

(c) A district school board or public charter school may increase the number of units required in specific areas, and may increase or decrease the number of elective units; however, the total units of credit required for graduation shall not be less than 24;

(d) A school district or public charter school may grant high school credit for courses taken prior to grade 9 if students taking pre-grade 9 courses are required to meet performance criteria that are equivalent to the performance criteria for students taking the same high school courses;

(e) Course syllabi shall be written for courses in grades 9 through 12 and shall be available to students, staff, parents, the district school board and other interested individuals.

(5) Unit of Credit Requirements for students graduating on or after July 1, 2014:

(a) Each student shall earn a minimum of 24 units of credit to include at least:

(A) English Language Arts -- 4 (shall include the equivalent of one unit in Written Composition);

(B) Mathematics -- 3 (shall include one unit at the Algebra I level and two units that are at a level higher than Algebra I);

(C) Science -- 3;

(D) Social Sciences 3 -- (including history, civics, geography and economics (including personal finance);

(E) Health Education -- 1;

(F) Physical Education -- 1;

(G) Career and Technical Education, The Arts or Second Language -- 3 (units shall be earned in any one or a combination).

(b) A district school board or public charter school with a three-year high school may submit through the waiver process alternative plans to meet unit requirements;

(c) A district school board or public charter school may increase the number of units required in specific areas, and may increase or decrease the number of elective units; however, the total units of credit required for graduation shall not be less than 24;

(d) A school district or public charter school may grant high school credit for courses taken prior to grade 9 if students taking pre-grade 9 courses are required to meet performance criteria that are equivalent to the performance criteria for students taking the same high school courses;

(e) Course syllabi shall be written for courses in grades 9 through 12 and shall be available to students, staff, parents, the district school board and other interested individuals.

(6) Each student shall demonstrate proficiency in essential skills adopted by the State Board of Education as provided in OAR 581-022-0615 ;

((7) School districts shall develop a process that provides each student the opportunity to develop an education plan and build an education profile in grades 7 through 12 with adult guidance. The plan and profile shall be reviewed and updated periodically (at least annually) and be supported by a Comprehensive Guidance Program as defined in OAR 581-022-1510.

(8) Each student shall develop an education plan and build an education profile.

(a) Each student shall develop an education plan that:

(A) Identifies personal and career interests;

(B) Identifies tentative educational and career goals and post high school next steps (i.e. college, workforce, military, apprenticeship, other);

(C) Sets goals to prepare for transitions to next steps identified in section (6)(b);

(D) Designs, monitors and adjusts a course of study that meets the interest and goals of the student as described in subsection (a) (A), (B) and (C) of this rule that includes but is not limited to:

(i) Appropriate coursework and learning experiences;

(ii) Identified career-related learning experiences; and

(iii) Identified extended application opportunities.

(b) Through the education profile each student shall:

(A) Monitor progress and achievement toward standards including:

(i) Content standards;

(ii) Essential skills;

(iii) Extended application standard; and

(iv) Other standards where appropriate (e.g. industry standards).

(B) Document other personal accomplishments determined by the student or school district.

(C) Review progress and achievement in subsection (b)(A) and (B) of this subsection at least annually.

(9) Each student shall build a collection of evidence, or include evidence in existing collections(s), to demonstrate extended application (as defined in OAR 581-022-0102);

(10) Each student shall participate in career-related learning experiences outlined in the education plan (as defined in OAR 581-022-0102);

(11) Notwithstanding sections (1) to (10) of this rule, each district school board or public charter school governing board with jurisdiction over high school programs shall award a modified diploma to those students who have demonstrated the inability to meet the full set of academic content standards even with reasonable modifications and accommodations and who fulfill all requirements as described in OAR 581-022-1134.

(12) Notwithstanding sections (1) to (10) of this rule and as provided in OAR 581-022-1135, schools districts and public charter schools shall make an alternative certificate available to students as an alternative for students who do not obtain the regular diploma or modified diploma.

(13) Attendance Requirements:

(a) Twelve school years shall be required beginning with grade 1, except when the school district adopts policies providing for early or delayed completion of all state and school district credit and performance requirements;

(b) Notwithstanding subsection (a) of this section, a student may satisfy the requirements of section (2) or (3) of this rule in less than four years. If the school district or public charter school has the consent of the student’s parent or guardian, a school district or public charter school shall award a diploma to a student upon request from the student, if the diploma is awarded:

(A) Prior to July 1, 2009 and the student satisfies the requirements of section (2) of this rule.

(B) On or after July 1, 2009 and before July 1, 2012 and the student satisfies the requirements of section (3) of this rule.

(C) On or after July 1, 2012 and before July 1, 2014 and the student satisfies the requirements of section (4) of this rule.

(D) On or after July 1, 2014 and the student satisfies the requirements of section (5) of this rule.

(c) If a school district or public charter school has the consent of a student’s parent or guardian, the school district or public charter school may advance the student to the next grade level if the student has satisfied the requirements for the student’s current grade level.

(d) The requirement for obtaining the consent of a student’s parent or guardian under subsections (b) and (c) of this section does not apply to a student who is:

(A) Emancipated pursuant to ORS 419B.550 to 419B.558; or

(B) 18 years of age or older.

(e) The district school board may adopt policies for alternative learning experiences, such as credit by examination and credit for off-campus experiences;

(f) With any modification of the attendance requirements for graduation, school district and public charter school staff shall consider age and maturity of students, access to alternative learning experiences, performance levels, school district or public charter school guidelines and the wishes of parents and guardians



Stat. Auth.: ORS 326.051 & 329.451
Stats. Implemented: ORS 326.051, 329.451 & 339.280
Hist.: EB 2-1997, f. 3-27-97, cert. ef. 9-1-97; ODE 12-2002, f. & cert. ef. 4-15-02; ODE 18-2006, f. 12-11-06, cert. ef. 12-12-06; ODE 18-2007, f. & cert. ef. 9-10-07; ODE 18-2008, f. & cert. ef. 6-27-08


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