SBE established the Culminating Project as a graduation requirement in 2000. The requirement was first implemented for students in the graduating Class of 2008. In 2014, the Legislature eliminated the culminating project as a state graduation requirement beginning with students graduating in 2015. As a result, the graduation requirement of the culminating project applies to students who entered 9th grade before July 1, 2004 and who graduate before 2015. New SBE rules amended WAC 180-51-066 and WAC 180-51-067 to eliminate the culminating project as a graduation requirement for all students who graduate in 2015 and beyond, regardless of which year the student entered 9th grade.
Although the culminating project is no longer a state graduation requirement, districts may choose to have a culminating project or a senior project as a local graduation requirement.