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Graduation Requirements

The rules have changed.

It takes more than a few good report cards and regular attendance now to graduate from high school. Oregon has introduced a number of new, more rigorous diploma requirements over the past few years to help students better prepare for college or the workplace. They must take higher levels of math, English and science and they must demonstrate that they are proficient in various "essential skills" necessary to be successful in college, their future career and civic life.

Students also may graduate with different types of diplomas. While most will earn the standard diploma, other options like a modified or extended diploma or alternative certificate are available now for students unable to meet the full set of academic requirements due to significant learning barriers.

NEW REQUIREMENTS IN ADDITION TO CLASS CREDITS

Proficiency in Essential Skills
Students will be required to demonstrate proficiency in certain skills essential for success in college, the workplace and civic life in the 21st century. For example, 2012 graduates must prove they can
read well enough to be able to interpret and analyze a variety of text and able to follow written instructions to perform a task, answer questions or solve problems. In 2013, they also will have to demonstrate proficiency in writing and 2014 graduates must demonstrate proficiency in math.

Each student will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their proficiency in these skills by meeting the standards on statewide assessments (OAKS), providing work samples, or meeting or exceeding a designated score on such national assessments as the ACT or SAT.

Personalized Learning Requirements
Education Plan & ProfileWith help from school guidance counselors, students will develop a “road map” to help them pursue their personal and career interests and achieve their post-high school goals. This process begins in Grade 7 and continues until graduation. Students keep track of their progress and may alter their personalized learning plan as their interests and goals change.

Career-Related Learning Experiences — Students must participate in activities that will connect their classroom learning with real life experiences in the workplace, community and/or school that relate to their education plan.

Extended ApplicationStudents are required to complete a personal project which helps them apply and extend their academic and career-related knowledge and skills in a real world situation related to their interests and goals. Examples might be an internship, science fair project, volunteer activity, cadet teaching, a service learning project or some kind of work experience. Students must submit a work plan/journal and a reflective essay at the conclusion of their project.

At least once a year, parents will receive a report on their student's progress in fulfilling graduation requirements.

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Instructional Services
Phone: 541-766-4857
Address: 1555 S.W. 35th St., Corvallis, OR 97333
Staff:    Kevin Bogatin, Assistant Superintendent, 541-766-4857 

Sally McAfee,  Secondary Curriculum Coordinator, 541-757-4433