State Education Department recommends big changes to graduation requirements – Oregon Capital Chronicle – Oregon Capital Chronicle

by | Sep 2, 2022 | Education

The Oregon Department of Education recommends the state make big changes to high school graduation requirements, including ending a decades-old requirement to show proficiency in reading, writing and other skills on top of credit-bearing coursework in those subjects.
The department also recommends ending a requirement that students pass Algebra I, that the state offer one diploma, not three options, and add a requirement that students pass a planning course covering financial aid, resumes and other skills to help them in the future. 
These recommendations were in a report on Thursday that will be discussed Sept. 21 by the Senate Committee on Education and follows a years-long review of state graduation standards ordered by the Legislature. It wanted the department to figure out whether state graduation standards were unfairly holding some students back and examine whether state graduation requirements were setting students up for life after high school. 
The department decided requirements have hurt students of color and needed improvement. 
State Sen. Michael Dembrow, D-Portland and chair of the Senate committee, said the report marks the start of change.
“What we have before us is the end of the beginning,” Dembrow said. “This is the research work that we asked them to do and the State Board of Education will take the lead on addressing thes …

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