Oregon Statutes - Chapter 329 - Oregon Educational Act for the 21st Century; Educational Improvement and Reform - Section 329.475 - Certificate of Advanced Mastery with career endorsements.

(1) After the State Board of Education adopts standards and rules for the Certificate of Advanced Mastery, each school district shall institute programs that allow students to qualify for a Certificate of Advanced Mastery with career endorsements that prepare students for post-secondary academic pursuits and professional technical careers.

(2) School districts may implement the programs in a public education institution such as a public school, education service district, community college, public professional technical school or institution of higher education, or any combination thereof, that enrolls the student and meets the requirements of the State Board of Education.

(3) The programs must provide a combination of work-related learning experiences and study in accordance with ORS 329.855. The program shall include a comprehensive educational component that meets rigorous academic standards.

(4) All courses necessary for a Certificate of Advanced Mastery shall be available to all students.

(5) The State Board of Education shall adopt a framework for the Certificate of Advanced Mastery programs and timelines for implementation of the programs for the school districts to follow as resources become available to the school districts. The Department of Education may provide technical assistance to assist school districts in the implementation of the Certificate of Advanced Mastery programs.

(6) In establishing the requirements for Certificates of Advanced Mastery with career endorsements, the State Board of Education shall adopt rules that facilitate movement among the endorsements and shall encourage public school choice and mobility so as to enhance a studentís opportunities for a full range of educational experiences.

(7) The public education institution shall be reimbursed for the studentís tuition by the district in which the student resides pursuant to ORS 339.115 and rules of the State Board of Education, in an amount not to exceed the studentís tuition or the amount the district receives for the student from state funds, whichever is less. A school district shall not receive state funds for the student in an amount that exceeds the studentís tuition. Any adult who wishes to pursue an endorsement, or any student having earned the Certificate of Advanced Mastery or a diploma or who has attained 19 years of age and who wishes to continue a program, may do so by paying tuition. As used in this section, ďpublic education institutionĒ does not include a public school to which a student has transferred under ORS 329.485.

(8) Programs developed under this section shall meet the highest academic standards possible and provide students with opportunities for a broad range of quality work-related learning experiences.

(9) A high school diploma issued by a private or out-of-state secondary school as signifying successful completion of grade 12 shall be considered equivalent to a high school diploma issued by an Oregon public school.

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