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.
Graduation Requirements for the Classes of 2019 and Beyond
A 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.
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
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 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.
At its May 8, 2014 meeting, the State Board of Education approved for publication and public hearing proposed rules to implement Chapter 217, Laws of 2014 (E2SSB 6552). The proposed rules include:
The proposed rules will be published in a forthcoming issue of the State Register, together with the OSPI fiscal impact statement required by RCW 28A.305.135. (The SBE will post the Register issue and a link to the published rules on its public website.)
We are seeking public comments on these proposed rules. We encourage you to review the proposed rules and submit any comments or questions you may have by contacting us at email@example.com, 360-725-6035, or State Board of Education, P.O. Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504.
Your input will be valuable to Board member as they consider these rules for possible adoption.
Forum on Rules to Implement E2SSB 6552
The Forum will be held on June 6, 3:00-4:30 p.m., in the Billings Conference Room, 3rd Floor, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction Building, 600 Washington Street SE, Olympia, WA 98504-7206.
If you are interested in attending, please let us know by emailing SBE@k12.wa.us.
Public Hearing on Rules to Implement E2SSB 6552
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