Good afternoon, Silver Falls Families.

We’ve received a number of questions regarding Governor Brown’s recent signing of a law eliminating the essential skills requirement from the Oregon high school diploma. The major concern we’ve heard is that students will graduate from Silverton High School without being required to know how to read and write or perform mathematical calculations. We assure you that this will not be the case. SHS teachers and support staff will continue to provide a high-quality education and ensure that students are able to reach the rigorous expectations for our course credits.

It’s important to note that the credit and course requirements for Silverton High School have not changed. Students graduate from high school based on credits earned, and credits can not be earned without successfully completing rigorous coursework. These courses are based on the Common Core Standards, and students must display proficiency to earn credit. The essential skills requirement was an expectation from the State of Oregon.

Historically, most students earning credits from Silverton High School also met the essential skills requirement in their classes. However, there have been some cases in which a student did not meet the essential skills requirement through regular coursework. For those few cases, we have implemented a number of academic supports over the years to ensure all students have the opportunity to meet the requirements and graduate. Those supports remain in place, as does our commitment to ensuring students graduate from Silverton High School ready for the world of work, college, trade schools, military service, or wherever their next steps take them.

For a complete overview of high school graduation requirements, view the following links:

  1. Oregon Department of Education Graduation Requirements
  2. Silverton High School Curriculum Guide

If you have specific questions about what your child will be learning this year, we encourage you to check in with their teacher(s) once the school year begins.