Standard High School Graduation Requirements

Standard High School Graduation Requirements


The information below describes state high school graduation requirements as defined by state statutes and regulations. These requirements should be understood to show minimum course requirements, in that local boards may adopt graduation requirements above and beyond those mandated by the state. Policies reflect courses to be completed and do not include exit exam requirements. This database indicates where state policy specifies courses that may or must be completed to earn subject area credit.

With the exception of Nebraska and New Jersey, required coursework is expressed in Carnegie units, with one unit reflecting one year of coursework. Units defined in Idaho and Indiana policy have been translated from half-year to full-year units to maintain consistency. Exceptions and other circumstances related to completing high school graduation course requirements are included in the "Technical Notes and Citations" field at the end of each state's report. Subject area fields with a --- indicate that the state does not set course requirements for that subject. Where the number of state-mandated units in specific subjects falls below the total number of state-mandated units, this difference is indicated in the "total units" field rather than the "electives" field to reflect local districts' option to increase unit requirements in subject areas.

This information was gathered in January to August 2005 and is updated as new policies are enacted.

Last update: March 23, 2007

This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay Zinth, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.


Oregon

Standard Diploma
English units (Std.) 3
Eff. Class of 2010: 4

Notes/Citation: Must include "the equivalent of one unit in Written Composition."

Math units (Std.) 2
Eff. Class of 2010: 3
Eff. Class of 2014: 3 units Algebra I and above
Social studies units (Std.) 3

Notes/Citation: Must include history, civics, geography and economics (including personal finance).

Science units (Std.) 2
Eff. Class of 2012: 3, incl. 2 lab units
P.E./Health units (Std.) 2

Notes/Citation: 1 unit each health and physical education.

Arts (Std.) See notes

Notes/Citation: 1 unit applied arts, fine arts or foreign language. Eff. Class of 2012: 3 units chosen from arts, foreign language and professional technical education.

Foreign language (Std.) See notes

Notes/Citation: 1 unit applied arts, fine arts or foreign language. Eff. Class of 2012: 3 units chosen from arts, foreign language and professional technical education.

Electives units (Std.) 0
Other units (Std.) See notes

Notes/Citation: 1 unit applied arts, fine arts or foreign language. Eff. Class of 2012: 3 units chosen from arts, foreign language and professional technical education.

TOTAL # units (Std.) 22
Eff. Class of 2010: 24
Notes/Citation: Pre-Class of 2010: 13 state-determined units and 9 district-determined units or electives. Eff. Class of 2010: 15 state-determined units and 9 district-determined units or electives. Eff. Class of 2012: 18 state-determined units and 6 district-determined units or electives.
Other diploma options State does not offer differentiated diploma pathways. State has policy on awarding proficiency-based credit. A January 2007 memo from the department of education states, "A key feature of the future [2012 and 2014] diploma will be wider use of proficiency, ensuring that all students will have the opportunity to choose to earn credit by demonstrating proficiency based on state content standards."
Technical notes and citations (Std.) In addition to course requirements, each student must (1) "develop an education plan and build an education profile"; (2) "build a collection of evidence, or include evidence in existing collections, to demonstrate extended application"; (3) "demonstrate career-related knowledge and skills in the following areas: personal management, problem solving, communication, teamwork, employment foundations, and career development"; and (4) "participate in career-related learning experiences outlined in the education plan...."
Eff. Class of 2010: Student who does not complete 3 years of math or 4 years of English may still be awarded a diploma if the student "has met or exceeded the the academic content standards for mathematics or English established by the [local] board" or "displays proficiency in mathematics or English at a level established by the board."
OR. ADMIN. R. 581-022-1130, -1120, -1131; 2005 H.B. 3129; Oregon Department of Education Memo #011-2006-07, Changes and Implementation to High School Diploma
Planning and Counseling Requirement
State requires student to adopt learning plan (not including career pathway requirements) Yes, eff. Class of 2007. All students must (1) "develop an education plan and build an education profile"; (2) "build a collection of evidence, or include evidence in existing collections, to demonstrate extended application"; (3) "demonstrate career-related knowledge and skills in the following areas: personal management, problem solving, communication, teamwork, employment foundations, and career development"; and (4) "participate in career-related learning experiences outlined in the education plan..."
Additional Coursework Options and Requirements
State has policy on early graduation Yes. "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..."
State has policy allowing students to meet coursework requirements through proficiency Yes. "The district school board may adopt policies for alternative learning experiences, such as credit by examination and credit for off-campus experiences..." More specifically, a student may earn credit by (1) completing "a unit of credit where performance-based criteria acceptable to the school district are identified;" (2) "[Demonstrating] competency or mastery of subject as defined by the school district by any one or more of the following as approved by the district: (A) Successfully [passing] an appropriate exam; (B) [Providing] sample of work or other evidence which demonstrates equivalent knowledge or skill; and (C) [Providing] documentation of prior learning activities or experiences (e.g., certification of training, letters, diplomas, awards, etc.); or" (3) Completing a combination of coursework and the above. In addition, effective with the Class of 2010, a student who completes fewer than 4 years of English or 3 years of math may receive a diploma if the student meets or exceeds "the academic content standards for mathematics or English" or "displays proficiency" in these subjects "at a level established by the board."
Required coursework aligned with college entrance requirements No
All high school students are required to declare a major/career pathway/career focus No.
Notes/Citation: However, eff. Class of 2007, All students must (1) "develop an education plan and build an education profile"; (2) "build a collection of evidence, or include evidence in existing collections, to demonstrate extended application"; (3) "demonstrate career-related knowledge and skills in the following areas: personal management, problem solving, communication, teamwork, employment foundations, and career development"; and (4) "participate in career-related learning experiences outlined in the education plan..."
Sources Learning plan: OR. ADMIN. R. 581-022-1130
Early graduation: OR. ADMIN. R. 581-022-1130
Proficiency-based credit: OR. ADMIN. R. 581-022-1130, -1131; 2005 H.B. 3129
Alignment: High school graduation requirements: OR. ADMIN. R. 581-022-1130, 2005 H.B. 3129 (not codified as of March 30, 2006); College admissions requirements: Oregon State Board of Higher Education admission policy, approved February 4, 2005
Major: OR. ADMIN. R. 581-022-1130

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