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Graduation Requirements

Springfield Public Schools believes that student success is our most important outcome. We are committed to upholding the dream of opportunity for each of Springfield's children and we stand behind our vision of "Every Student a Graduate Prepared for a Bright and Successful Future."

Oregon graduation requirements have become more rigorous.

In 2007, the State Board of Education adopted new Oregon high school diploma requirements. These new requirements were designed to ensure that all students have the skills necessary for success in the 21st century.

Credit Requirements (24 total)

• English: 4 credits
• Math: 3 credits (at the Algebra 1 level and higher)
• Science: 3 credits (scientific inquiry, 2 with lab experiences)
• Social Science: 3 credits
• Health: 1 credit
• PE: 1 credit
• Second Language/Art/Career & Technical Education: 3 credits
• Electives: 6 credits

Credit for Proficiency

All students will have the option to earn credit for demonstrating proficiency. This means that a student is given credit for successful demonstration of knowledge and skills that meets or exceeds defined levels of performance. Students may demonstrate proficiency through classroom work or documentation of learning experiences outside of school, or through a combination of these means. The State Board adopted revised OAR 581-022-1131 Credit Options in April 2009. For more information about options for earning proficiency credits, please refer to your student’s high school academic counselor.

Essential Skills

Beginning in 2012, the state began phasing in requirements for students to demonstrate that they are proficient in certain “essential skills” – skills that are deemed critical for future success – before they are awarded the diploma.

Specific Essential Skills graduation requirements are based on the year the student first enrolled in Grade 9:

Enrolled in Grade 9 in 2008-09: Read and comprehend a variety of text
Enrolled in Grade 9 in 2009-10: Read and comprehend a variety of text and Write clearly and
   accurately
Enrolled in Grade 9 in 2010-11 and beyond: Read and comprehend a variety of text; Write
   clearly and accurately; and Apply mathematics in a variety of settings

Personalized Learning Requirements


Personalized learning, learning beyond the classroom, and connections to the adult world are critical for preparing each student, whatever path they take after graduation, for the vast challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. The Personal Learning Requirements help to personalize the diploma for each student and help students plan for their post-high school goals. Oregon requires students complete personalized learning activities as part of the graduation requirements.

Additional Information about the Traditional Diploma


A student will be awarded a Springfield School District Diploma if he/she meets the academic content and credit standards, completes the personalized learning requirements, and demonstrates proficiency in Essential Skills, as required by the Oregon Department of Education and adopted by the Springfield School District School Board. Students are accountable for the graduation requirements that apply to the year they first entered 9th grade, regardless of whether graduating early or taking longer than 4 years to graduate.

See the Graduation Requirements at a Glance summary below for current diploma requirements.

Other Diploma Options

Some students will be eligible for other diploma options. The eligibility criteria for alternative diploma and certificate options are set by state law. Students who are eligible, and their parents, will be informed by school staff as part of the student’s individual planning process.


For more information about the Oregon diploma, visit the Get Ready Oregon! website at: Oregon Department of Education
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