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Modified Diploma & Alternative Certificates

Oregon Diploma

A student will be awarded a regular diploma if he/she meets the full set of academic content standards and requirements for essential skills without modifications.


Modified Diploma

A modified diploma may be awarded to students who have demonstrated the inability to meet the full set of academic content standards for a high school diploma even with reasonable modifications and accommodations. Students must have a documented history of an inability to maintain grade level achievement due to significant learning and instructional barriers, or  have a documented history of a medical condition (excepting the current illegal use of alcohol or drugs) that creates a barrier to achievement.

Students may earn units of credit through regular education with or without accommodations or modifications, through modified courses, and through earning credit by demonstrating proficiency. Credit is granted only for courses that contain substantial academic content.

Students receiving a modified diploma may participate in the high school graduation ceremony with the rest of their class.

Oregon Administrative Rules


Extended Diploma

An extended diploma may be awarded to certain special education students who have demonstrated the inability to meet the full set of academic content standards for a high school diploma even with reasonable modifications and accommodations.

Students must (A) have a documented history of an inability to maintain grade level achievement due to significant learning and instructional barriers, or a documented history of a medical condition that creates a barrier to achievement; and (B) participate in an alternate assessment beginning no later than grade six and lasting for two or more assessment cycles; or have a serious illness or injury that occurs after grade eight, that changes the student’s ability to participate in grade level activities and that results in the student participating in alternate assessments.

To earn an extended diploma, students must complete 12 credits in specific subject areas; no more than 6 of these credits may be earned in a self-contained special education classroom. Students pursuing an extended diploma are exempt from the essential skills and personalized learning reaquirements.

Students receiving an extended diploma may participate in the high school graduation ceremony with the rest of their class.

Oregon Administrative Rules 


Alternative Certificate

Certificates of Completion and Certificates of Attendance are available to some students who have participated in designated special education programs in the district. Students who receive these certificates are entitled to participate in graduation ceremonies.

All other students who request documentation of academic progress that has not led to a diploma are provided with a transcript. These students are not entitled to participate in graduation ceremonies.

4J Administrative Rule

Oregon Administrative Rules