April 20th, 2014
Graduation Requirements
Graduation Requirements

Career- and College-Ready Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements Docs

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 requirement chartA 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:

  • 7 of the 24 credits can be substituted according to a student’s High School and Beyond Plan
  • Only 17 of the 24 credits are mandatory
  • Only 22 credits are required for graduation; 2 credits may be waived locally for students who have attempted 24 credits

Graduation Requirements for the Classes of 2016 - 2018, 2019 and Beyond

course and assessment requirementsThe 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.   


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