Posts Tagged ‘Graduation’

HB 2283 made some changes and clarifications to High School transition including:
• Who gives consent once the student turns 18
• Transfer of Rights
• Length of time for completion of a Modified Diploma, Extended Diploma or Alternate Certificate.
• Access to services for those receiving a Modified Diploma, Extended Diploma or Alternate Certificate.
• Required instructional time for those receiving a Modified Diploma, Extended Diploma or Alternate Certificate.

For more information on the changes, attend the Building Futures Conference or one of our trainings on High School Transition.

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October 24th & 25th, 2011
Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 Northeast Airport Way
Portland OR 97220

Registration is open! Register at: http://www.eventbrite.com/event/1623426713

Keynote Speaker: Clayton Rees

Building Futures is for anyone who has an interest in supporting individuals with disabilities as they transition from school to adult life. This includes Secondary Educators, Post Secondary Educators, Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors, Special Educators, Therapists, Counselors, Service Providers, Job Developers, and other Rehabilitation Specialist, and especially Secondary Students with Disabilities and their Families.


Students $25.00 – Parents $150.00 – Professionals $175.00

Special Needs Apps for Kids (SNApps4Kids) is a community of parents, therapists, doctors and teachers who share information on using the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch and Android devices with children who have special needs. The website, http://www.snapps4kids.com/ , offers reviews of more than 30,000 apps for use in special education.

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SALEM – The Oregon State Board of Education adjusted the timeline for requiring demonstration of proficiency in the Essential Skill of Writing until the graduating class of 2013 (students in 9th grade in 2009-10). The State Board also voted to phase in the Essential Skill of Speaking at a later date.

Today the State Board adopted temporary rule OAR 581-022-0615: Assessment of Essential Skills, which formalizes the timeline for proficiency in each required Essential Skill.

The Essential Skill proficiency requirements are now as follows:

* For the graduating class of 2012 and beyond (students in 10th grade in 2009-10):
Read and comprehend a variety of text

* For the graduating class of 2013 and beyond (students in 9th grade in 2009-10):
Read and comprehend a variety of text
Write clearly and accurately

* For the graduating class of 2014 and beyond (students in 8th grade in 2009-10):
Read and comprehend a variety of text
Write clearly and accurately
Apply mathematics in a variety of settings

Based on the State Board’s June 2009 decision, the current schedule for diploma credit requirements will remain unchanged.

The State Board stressed that this change only impacts the Essential Skill proficiency requirement for high school graduation. School districts will still be required to provide instruction, administer state assessments, and document student performance. Districts will continue to administer OAKS and local performance assessments (e.g. work samples) in grades 3-8 and high school to prepare students for the Essential Skills graduation requirement. The only point of delay is the demonstration of proficiency as a graduation requirement.

“At the heart of Oregon’s new graduation requirements are Essential Skills,” said Superintendent Castillo. “We know that success in life after high school means our students must be proficient in the core subjects like math and reading. With these diploma requirements, they will demonstrate what they have learned in order to graduate. While current economic conditions in our state have necessitated a longer implementation timeline for some of these Essential Skills, our schools are still working hard to implement this critical component of the Oregon high school diploma. I am proud of the tireless efforts of educators across the state in helping to shape this work.”

“The State Board is committed to increasing the rigor and relevance of education in Oregon. We know from business, community, and higher education leaders that our graduates need higher levels of these essential life and job skills to succeed after high school. However, we also know that our schools are faced with incredible challenges right now. The revisions to the timeline will allow districts to focus their resources and provide the targeted support that students will need,” said State Board Chair Duncan Wyse.

The State Board of Education expressed a commitment to pursuing student incentives for mastering all three of the Essential Skills such as community college placement waivers, scholarships, or tuition reductions.

Starting in 2012, the State Board also intends to require Essential Skills information in student transcripts. Transcripts will likely include a description of whether students have demonstrated their proficiency in the Essential Skills of Reading, Writing, and Apply Mathematics using options adopted by the State Board (i.e. the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS), work samples scored using state scoring guides, or approved additional standardized tests). State Board actions on these reporting requirements are expected this fall.

The State Board’s decisions both in June and this week were based in part on recommendations from the Diploma Timeline Work Group, a State Board subcommittee convened to look at district resources issues.

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Governor Kulongoski signed HB 2061 into law on April 1st. This law is a technical fix that waives the increased graduation credit requirements for some students. The increased graduation requirements were passed by the 2005 Legislature and set to go into effect July 1, 2009. These requirements are one additional English credit (for a total of 4) and one additional mathematics credit (for a total of 3). This waiver applies only to students who began ninth grade during the 2005-2006 school year, and were enrolled in school consecutively during the 2006-2007, 2007-2008 and 2008-2009 school years and who will receive their diploma prior to July 1, 2010. This law is binding and has immediate effect. OAR 581-022-1130, which outlines the diploma implementation timeline, will be revised in June to reflect the change.

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