September 18th, 2014
News - 2014 July Board Meeting
News release

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 2, 2014

SBE to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Rules to Implement the 24-Credit Graduation Requirements

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a public hearing on proposed rules to implement SB 6552 and consider adopting them at the July 9-10 board meeting in Spokane. The board will also review and consider approval of required action plans.

What:      State Board of Education Board Meeting

When:     8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday, July 9
                8:00 am to 3:30 pm, Thursday, July 10

Where:    Education Service District 101
                Conference Center
                4202 South Regal Street
                Spokane, WA 99223

SB 6552 authorizes the 24-credit graduation requirement framework developed by the SBE, provides flexibility to school districts in meeting the instructional hour requirement, expands math and science course equivalencies for Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, and eliminates the culminating project as a statewide graduation requirement.

The proposed rules address:

  • Total instructional hour requirement – amends WAC 180-16-200
  • Elimination of culminating project requirement – amends WAC 180-51-066 and WAC 180-51-107
  • State subject and credit requirements for high school graduation - new WAC 180-51-068
  • District waiver from requirement on access to CTE course equivalencies - new WAC 180-18-100
  • Minimum standards and certification form (private schools) - amends WAC 180-90-160

The public hearing will be held on Wednesday, July 9 at 1:00 p.m. at ESD 101 in Spokane.

If you are unable to attend the public hearing, you may also submit public comment on the proposed rules to the board at sbe@k12.wa.us, 360-725-6035, or State Board of Education, P.O. Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504.

Your input is valuable to board members as they consider these rules for possible adoption.

Required Action Districts

At this meeting, the board will also review and consider approval of the required action plans from the recently identified Required Action Districts (RAD) - Marysville, Tacoma, Wellpinit, and Yakima school districts. Criteria for approval is outlined in statute, and includes the requirements that plans address the findings of the academic performance audit and describe changes to policies, practices, structures and agreements that are intended to increase student achievement.

Resources:

The full agenda and meeting materials are available now at: www.sbe.wa.gov/materials.php.

Time for public comment will be provided. The public and news media are invited to attend.

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Contact: Sarah Lane, SBE Communications Manager, (360) 725-6501


About the State Board of Education: The State Board of Education provides advocacy and strategic oversight of public education. The board is comprised of 16 members: five are elected by school board directors, seven are appointed by the Governor, two serve as student representatives, and one serves as a private school representative. The Superintendent of Public Instruction is also a member.

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