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Social Studies Graduation Requirements

SBE and the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) hosted a webinar last week featuring Linda Drake (SBE Director of Career- and College Readiness) and Jerry Price (OSPI Social Studies Program Supervisor) about new graduation requirements around social studies. Please find a video recording of the presentation here: Webinar Recording.

Graduation Pathway Options

Legislation passed in the 2019 session (HB 1599) established multiple graduation pathway options. 

Profile of a Graduate

Launch Profile of a Graduate graphic"Profile of a Graduate" -- a guiding vision for our K-12 education system, developed with local input, that identifies the skills, knowledge, attributes, and competencies necessary for a successful transition to life after high school.

What skills should a Washington graduate have?

What skills should go in Washington State's Profile of a Graduate? How do Washington students show they are prepared with the skills needed to thrive in life after high school? The Legislature has instructed the Mastery-based Learning Work Group to explore what skills would be highlighted in Washington State's vision for high school graduates. Your feedback could inform how the Board aligns graduation requirements moving forward.

SBE to Host Profile of a Graduate Listening Sessions

Profile of a Graduate listening sessionsEducators, families, community members, the State Board of Education wants to hear from you about graduation and how students show they are prepared with the skills needed to thrive in life after high school. Learn more about this work and get an opportunity to provide feedback during the September 8 listening session (at 5:30 p.m.

Flexibility for graduating seniors approved by State Board

The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) approved emergency rules Wednesday, April 8 that allow flexibility and local-approval following extensive school building closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

At a special Board Meeting April 8, the State Board of Education adopted emergency rules that allow school districts to apply for greater flexibility in awarding a diploma to high school seniors impacted by closures.

State Considers Flexibility for Graduating Seniors

Summary: At a special Board meeting, the Washington State Board of Education (SBE) reviewed the process for creating an emergency waiver program that would give districts more flexibility in certain graduation requirements following extensive school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Three Parts to a Diploma

After last year's Legislative session, the High School Diploma in Washington contains three parts:

Graduation Requirements Rules Adopted

Graduation pathway options have replaced the explicit link between the state assessment and graduation. The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) today adopted rules regarding graduation requirements at a public meeting in Bremerton.  In addition, the rules update the High School and Beyond Plan, and clarify and update credit graduation requirements to align with statute and practice.