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Guide to Graduation

Parent and guardian engagement is a key factor in student progress and success. Here are ways to help keep your child on the path to graduation at any grade level.


What is My Child Learning?

Salem-Keizer Public Schools' instruction is based on the Oregon Department of Education Standards. State standards are learning goals for each subject at each grade. They are designed to ensure students have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful as they progress through school. 

How is My Child Doing in School?

Understanding grading practices and how state tests help assess your student's mastery of key learning targets will give you a picture of how your child is doing in school.

Students at desks looking off camera suggesting looking toward teacher, focus on one student
Stay informed on how your child is doing in class so they can receive the support needed to succeed.

What Does it Take to Graduate?

Preparing your student for graduation begins long before they enter high school. The skills, concepts and habits students learn starting in elementary school build at each advancing grade and support the demands that are placed on students in high school. 

McNary students in the Class of 2023 celebrate at their graduation ceremony
The path to graduation will be smoother if students can start on track—and stay on track—all the way through high school.

How Can I Help My Child?

As a parent or guardian, you are the most influential person in your child’s future success. There are many things you can do to help set your child up for success in school and for life after graduation. 

Graduate with family at after commencement ceremony
Staying engaged in your child’s education is critical. Having parents who are active members of their education helps keep many students on track to graduate.