Career- and College-Ready Graduation Requirements
The Board passed a resolution on January 9, 2014, that modified the 24-credit graduation framework to increase flexibility and personalization while maintaining rigor.
In 2006, the legislature directed the SBE to revise the definition of the purpose and expectations of a public high school diploma. In 2010, after extensive committee work, stakeholder input, and research the SBE approved (but did not implement) the 24 credit Career- and College-Ready Graduation Requirements. The graduation requirements for the class of 2016 are a step toward the Career and College Ready Graduation Requirements, but include only changes that have no state fiscal impact. The board will not advocate for, and the Legislature will not approve, full implementation of the 24 credit framework without adequate funding.
A table comparing the requirements of the Class of 2013, 2016 and the 24 Credit Career- and College-Ready Graduation Requirements is available here. Note: this table pertains only to credits required to graduate. See the table below for the non-credit requirements and assessments needed to graduate.
The 24 credit framework was designed to be both rigorous and flexible. The default pathway intended for most students will keep all postsecondary options open, including meeting the college admission requirements for entry into public 4-year institution or pursuing a program of study with a 2-year institution or an apprenticeship. For students who have a plan, the framework is flexible enough to accommodate any program of study, including earning a professional or technical certificate or degree through a skills center or pursuing entry into the most competitive post-secondary programs.
Key elements of the framework that allow for flexibility include:
Graduation Requirements for the Classes of 2016 - 2018, 2019 and Beyond
The Board adopted graduation requirements for the Class of 2016 and beyond at its November 2011 meeting, creating WAC 180-51-067. This rule requires students to earn 20 credits, and includes the changes, described below, from WAC 180-51-066 (requirements for students in the graduating classes of 2013-2015).
The state intends that graduation requirements prepare students for postsecondary education, gainful employment and citizenship (RCW 28A.150.220). The Washington Career and College Ready Graduation Requirements are designed to meet the state's intent and to help students prepare for success postsecondary education and careers.
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