What are Oregon's new instructional hour rules?

Current Events & News | 02/03/2015

Kelsey Cardwell
Marketing & Communications Director

Kelsey manages marketing and communications for the Oregon team.

Only a month into 2015, and we're already celebrating the first big win for Oregon kids! At the end of January, the Oregon Board of Education approved changes to instructional hour requirements. Leading up to this decision, we heard much debate, and we saw the board float several different proposals. So what exactly are the final new rules on instructional hour requirements? Here's a simple overview of the changes. 

Minimum Hour Requirements:

What Counts as Instruction?

It's worth noting that while it appears the school day lengthens for first through third graders, they are usually in school with fourth and fifth graders. For that reason, it made sense to align the instructional hour requirements.

Do you have any further questions about these new rules? Let us know in the comment section, and we'll be sure to answer.

Further Reading:

OPB: Board Tightens Requirements On Instructional Hours For Oregon Students

The Register-Guard: High School Students Deserve Full Schedules

Stand Lane County Director Joy Marshall testifies before the Oregon Board of Education

Stand Press Statement: Stand calls on the State Board of Education to ensure more students have access to a full schedule

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  • Is planning time included as instructional time? How are field trips and assemblies not counted as instructional? Is 15 minutes a day for recess going to actually make students focus more, especially for the younger grades? Even adults who are not in the field of education get more breaks than that!
    Maria Keithley

    February 3, 2015 9:41 PM

  • Could you help me find a chart with the required minimum instructional minutes per subjects (Language arts, mathematics, etc.) and grades: K-5? Thank you lynda.shaffer@tuckermaxon.org
    Lynda Shaffer

    June 17, 2015 7:59 PM

  • Hi, I am looking for the ODE or State Board of Education statement on these minutes. Do you know where the official memo is on this?
    Joel Lavin

    July 15, 2015 9:04 AM