English Graduation Requirement Frequently Asked Questions
Updated: January 2013
RCW 28A.230.090 authorizes SBE to establish state graduation requirements. SBE has established credit requirements, including credit requirements in English. In addition, SBE has established the non-credit requirements of a Culminating Project and a High School and Beyond Plan (WAC 180-51-061, WAC 180-51-066, and WAC 180-51-067).
The English credit requirement for the graduating class of 2016 and beyond is 4 credits of English (WAC 180-51-067).
In November 2010, the State Board of Education approved the Washington State Career- and College-Ready Graduation Requirements. The Career- and College-Ready Graduation Requirements comprise a program of study that keeps all postsecondary choices open, with flexible options for students who have particular career or education goals. In November 2011, the State Board of Education adopted into rule the graduation requirement changes that were determined to have no fiscal impact based on a November 2010 fiscal analysis performed by the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. These changes included increasing English from 3 to 4 credits.
WAC 180-51-050 defines high school credit as:
The state’s essential academic learning standards for English are the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts, adopted in July 2011. Students will be assessed on the 2005 State Learning Standards in Reading, Writing, and Communication, through the 2013-2014 school year; starting in 2014-2015, students will be assessed on the Common Core State Standards in English Language Arts.
High school credit can be awarded for work that is at an academic level of ninth grade or higher.