Graduation Requirements
Graduation Requirements

Staff Contact:
Linda Drake

Career- and College-Ready Graduation Requirements

In the 2014 session, the Legislature passed E2SSB 6552 that directed the SBE to adopt rules to implement the Career- and College-Ready Graduation Requirements adopted in the board resolution of November 10, 2010, and revised on January 9, 2014, with some modifications. The Board adopted rules to E2SSB 6552 on July 10, 2014.

Background

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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 adopted by resolution (but did not implement) 24 credit Career- and College-Ready Graduation Requirements. RCW 28A.230.090 provides that changes in graduation requirements having a fiscal impact on school districts may be implemented only after funding and authorization by the Legislature. In 2012, graduation requirement rules (WAC 180-51-067) were adopted by the SBE for the Class of 2016 and beyond, which included only changes that have no state fiscal impact.

In 2013, the budget passed by the Legislature included funding for increased instructional hours associated with the Career- and College-Ready Graduation Requirements, but the Legislature did not approve implementing the increased credits. The Board passed a resolution on January 9, 2014, that modified the 24 credit graduation framework to increase flexibility and personalization while maintaining rigor. Then in the 2014 session, the Legislature passed E2SSB 6552 that directed the Board to implement through rule (WAC 180-51-068) the 24-credit graduation requirements for the Class of 2019 and beyond, and also reallocated funding to more directly support the new requirements.

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.

Graduation Requirements for the Classes of 2019 and Beyond

graduation requirement chartA table comparing the requirements of the Class of 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.

 

course and assessment requirements

The 24-credit framework was designed to be both rigorous and flexible. The pathway for most students will keep all postsecondary options open, including meeting the college admission requirements for entry into a public four-year institution or pursuing a program of study in a two -year institution or apprenticeship. The framework is flexible enough to accommodate a program of study leading to a professional or technical certificate or degree through a skills center or Career and Technical Education program.

Visuals illustrating the Career- and College-Ready Graduation Requirements are available here.

Key elements of the framework that allow for flexibility include:

Graduation Visuals
                • 7 of the 24 credits are flexible credits; these include 4 elective credits and 3 Personalized Pathway Requirements that are chosen by students based on their interest and their High School and Beyond Plans.
                • 17 of the 24 credits are mandatory core credits, including 3 credits of science, 2 of which must be lab science.
                • 2 of the flexible credits may be waived locally for students with ‘unusual circumstances,’ as defined by local district policy.
                • For districts who need more time to implement the 24 credit framework, E2SSB 6552 provided authority to the SBE to waive implementation of the framework for up to two years.

                 

Graduation Requirements for the Classes of 2016 - 2018

The Board adopted graduation requirements for the Classes of 2016-2018 at its November 2011 meeting, creating  WAC 180-51-067.This rule requires students to earn 20 credits, and including 4 credits of English and 3 credits of social studies.

Frequently Asked Questions

Resources

Date Title
2014
March 25 Summary of Senate Bill 6552
January 9 SBE Approved Graduation Requirements
2013
November 8 2013 Graduation Requirements District Comparison
February 23 Science and STEM Fast Facts
February 2 SBE Approved Graduation Requirements
January 30 Flexibility in the Career- and College-Ready Graduation Requirements (Video)
2012
November 30 2012 Graduation Requirements District Comparison
November 27 New graduation requirements compared to minimum college admissions standards
June 25 A timeline summarizing the process of development of the Career and College-Ready Graduation requirements is available here
June 25 24 Credit Career and College-Ready Graduation Requirements Compared to the Class of 2016 Requirements
2011
December 19 Details of the career and college-ready graduation requirements framework
December 10 2011 Graduation Requirements District Comparison
November 16  A memo explaining the resolution allowing the extension of the implementation. This same memo was sent to all affected districts
November 12 SBE Graduation Requirements 2010 Resolution
November 11 Concise Explanatory Statement on WAC 180-51-067, Amendments to WAC 180-51-066 and WAC 180-51-050
October 15 Feedback on Proposed Graduation Requirements, received prior to rule adoption
October 14 A memo explaining the resolution allowing the extension of the implementation. This same memo was sent to all affected districts
2010
December 15 Explanation of the Board's 2010 resolution
December 15 SBE Graduation Requirements 2010 Background and Rationale
November 10 SBE Graduation Requirements 2010 Resolution
November 9 November 2010 OSPI Fiscal Analysis
  SBE Transcript Follow-Up Study
2009
  BERC Transcript Study Presentation
2008
  SBE Transcript Study