Changes to Graduation Requirements

Changes to Graduation Requirements
Posted on 05/14/2019
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House Bill 1599 is bringing major changes to Washington state students by delinking state assessments to graduation. The purpose is to provide students with multiple pathways to demonstrate readiness to graduate, and each pathway must be aligned to the student’s High School and Beyond Plan.

This doesn't mean standardized tests are going away. Students still will be expected to take state assessments, and these tests can be used to satisfy graduation requirements. HB 1599 adds alternative pathways to earn a diploma.

The pathways include:

  • Completing a sequence of career and technical education (CTE) courses that lead to workforce entry, an approved apprenticeship, or postsecondary education.
  • Completing and qualifying for college credit in dual credit programs in English language arts (ELA) or math.
  • Meeting a certain score on the SAT or ACT.
  • Meeting or exceeding standard on state assessments in ELA or math.
  • Earning high school credit in a high school transition course in ELA or math.
  • Meeting standard on the armed services vocational aptitude battery.  

Read all the details about how HB 1599 is changing graduation requirements in Washington through OSPI Superintendent Chris Reykdal's bulletin here.

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