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Your Thoughts: Oregon High School Graduate Standards

Postby momofmy3kids » Tue Apr 03, 2007 12:03 am

I was just reading the new High School Graduate standards for the state of Oregon. My thought: Wanna bet that HS students are going to vastly outperform PS students on this?? I'm wondering just HOW the PS system in my area is going to manage to accomplish this when they keep INCREASING class sizes. Only solidifies my position that homeschooling is a viable option for education and the very best for my children.

-- Requiring students to demonstrate a set of "essential skills." They'll include reading and interpreting a variety of texts, writing for a variety of purposes, speaking and presenting publicly, applying mathematics in a variety of settings, demonstrating civic and community engagement, and thinking critically and analytically.

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Postby momofmy3kids » Tue Apr 03, 2007 12:13 am

Excerpts from the news release (bolded my emphasis):

The State Board took the action in order to better prepare Oregon students for postsecondary education and the workplace. The global economy has changed the nature of work and the kinds of jobs young people will enter. Students need higher levels of knowledge and skills than ever before to succeed. Two-thirds of all jobs require at least some postsecondary education or training, and the current high school graduation requirements are not challenging enough to provide adequate preparation. Nearly 80% of graduates, knowing what they know now, wish they had worked harder while they were in high school in order to be better prepared for college and the workforce.


AHS you wanna comment on this? The MAJORITY of students when they become adults realize that the purpose of schooling is not to make out with bf/gf, go to rock concerts, wear the latest fashions, or hang out with friends. School IS AND ALWAYS WILL BE about SCHOOL.

The State Board approved:
-- Requiring three credits of math, with algebra I the minimum level for which credits may be earned. This would take effect for the class of 2014.
-- Requiring three credits of science, up from two, with two of them laboratory-based courses, to take effect with the class of 2012.
-- Requiring three credits from among arts, second language and professional technical education, starting with the class of 2012.
-- Ensuring that all students have the opportunity to earn credit by demonstrating proficiency, based on content standards, in lieu of traditional "seat time" in a class. The board wants to give districts flexibility to meet students' needs in different ways. -- Requiring students to demonstrate a set of "essential skills." They'll include reading and interpreting a variety of texts, writing for a variety of purposes, speaking and presenting publicly, applying mathematics in a variety of settings, demonstrating civic and community engagement, and thinking critically and analytically.


IOW, we want to embrace all alternatives and make them under us. Case in point: Oregon Legislature introduced a bill today making HSers have to notify the state every year, AND maje all PRIVATE SCHOOL teachers to be LICENSED and under the DIRECTION of the DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. You are requesting this group to fix what they have broken?? That's very laughable.[/i]

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Postby momofmy3kids » Tue Apr 03, 2007 12:15 am

YIKES! I don't know what happened with the last 2 posts, they were supposed to be combined. I guess I haven't figured out how to do the little code things nor can I type.

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Postby su » Wed Apr 04, 2007 11:08 pm

IOW, we want to embrace all alternatives and make them under us. Case in point: Oregon Legislature introduced a bill today making HSers have to notify the state every year, AND maje all PRIVATE SCHOOL teachers to be LICENSED and under the DIRECTION of the DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION. You are requesting this group to fix what they have broken?? That's very laughable.


They don't like us very much right now! :roll: There is a hearing at the capitol April 5, at 1:00 for those near Salem.

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I'm one of those 80%

Postby isamama » Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:18 am

Turn back the clock nearly three decades - When I graduated from an OR high school we, the class of 78, were told we were the worst graduating class in natiuonal history (per our scores). We were also told that they were going to improve standards starting with the class of 79. Great, I thought, far in the future I'll be embarrased to admit the year of my graduation, but I figured at least my kids would have it better. I attended Eugene/Spfd area schools til 11th grade when I threatened to drop out if made to stay in a particular high school, so they transferred me to a private school, but my transcript lacks Alg II/Trig, Chemistry, and Physics. I was dumbed down.

My parents sent me to a community college then on to an University where I managed to get as far as Calculus earning an A. I was an elementary ed major, but my dh swept me off my feet before I finished.

Our principal, here in MT, had the audacity to tell us (ds and I) that he couldn't learn Algebra and that they shouldn't be expected to teach him it. That is when I decided to hs and never look back. My son is a meteorology major expecting to take Differential equations next semester. Hm I see a mystery there

I miss Oregon and Oregonians, just thought I'd pop in say hi and wish you all well. Keep up the good work.
I not only use all the brains I have, but all I can borrow. - Woodrow Wilson.

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Postby su » Thu Apr 12, 2007 10:23 am

Greetings from Oregon, isamama! It's cold, windy, and raining today, but it's GREEN!
Lots of people showed up at the capitol and testified against the proposed homeschool bill and it died in commitee! :D Yayyyy! One person mentioned that when the public schoolers do poorly, they should be told to homeschool or go to private school! :P

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Postby Calla_Dragon » Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:35 pm

su wrote:Greetings from Oregon, isamama! It's cold, windy, and raining today, but it's GREEN!
Lots of people showed up at the capitol and testified against the proposed homeschool bill and it died in commitee! :D Yayyyy! One person mentioned that when the public schoolers do poorly, they should be told to homeschool or go to private school! :P


HAHAHA that's awesome! Good going you guys!!
To be idle is a short road to death and to be diligent is a way of life; foolish people are idle, wise people are diligent.


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