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High School Graduation Requirements

Graduation requirements are changing.
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To succeed in the 21st century, students need to have 21st century skills. To help ensure all students graduate from high school ready to succeed in careers, college and life, Oregon has changed its graduation standards to become more rigorous.

Students are now required to complete more credits in core subject areas, as well as demonstrate that they have certain essential skills.

Beginning with the graduating class of 2012, students have been required to demonstrate proficiency in certain essential skills before they are awarded a diploma.

The Essential Skill proficiency requirements are:

  • For the graduating class of 2012 and beyond:
    Read and comprehend a variety of text
  • For the graduating class of 2013 and beyond:
    Write clearly and accurately
  • For the graduating class of 2014 and beyond:
    Apply mathematics in a variety of settings

Students can meet these graduation requirements by achieving a passing score on the state tests of math and language arts (known as the OAKS Assessments or, starting in 2015, the Smarter Balanced assessments), achieving a passing score on an alternative test, or by demonstrating proficiency through work samples (this typically requires taking an additional class).

Please contact your school’s counseling office if you have questions.

Visit the Oregon Department of Education website for more information.