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View the DRAFT Rules for Graduation Pathway Options: WAC 180-51-230 on our Rulemaking page

Newly enacted legislation (E2SHB 1599) removes the explicit link of the state assessment to graduation, replacing it with a set of pathway options for graduation. The Board is charged with rulemaking for these pathways, as well as reviewing them, gathering stakeholder input, and making recommendations for improvement. See a more in-depth SBE analysis of E2SHB 1599.

Beginning with the Class of 2020, students must meet at least one of these pathway options to graduate:

  1. Meet or exceed the graduation scores in the Smarter Balanced Assessments (SBA)
  2. Dual credit courses (for example, Running Start or College in the High School) in English Language Arts and math
  3. Earn a 3 or higher on certain Advanced Placement exams or a 4 or higher on certain International Baccalaureate exams, or pass the course with a C+
  4. Meet or exceed the graduation scores in the math and English portions of the SAT or ACT
  5. Transition course (e.g. Bridge to College course, which is a senior courses for students who earned a Level 2 on the SBA)
  6. Meet any combination of at least one English and one math option of those options listed in #1-5
  7. Meet standards on the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery)*
  8. Complete a sequence of Career and Technical Education courses*

*Note: The armed services test and the CTE course sequence are new graduation pathways; the other pathways have been alternative assessments. Students who pursue these pathways (ASVAB or CTE) do not need to meet English and math requirements separately. English and math content are embedded in both pathways—and both pathways meet the purpose of a high school diploma: to declare that a student is ready for success in postsecondary education, gainful employment, and citizenship, and is equipped with the skills to be a lifelong learner (RCW 28A.230.090). A student who meets either the ASVAB standard or the CTE pathway requirements has met the graduation pathway requirement.

For additional information, review our 1599 + Pathway FAQs.