Mathematics Graduation Requirements
All public high school students are required to meet statewide graduation
requirements to earn a diploma. Specific graduation requirements exist for
mathematics. This page serves to inform families, students and educators
about those requirements.
Students in the classes of 2013 and 2014 (i.e., students who entered ninth grade in 2009 and 2010, respectively) who have passed ONE End-of-Course (EOC) exam in algebra 1 or geometry, or the integrated math equivalents, have met the math assessment requirements to earn a diploma. (Students in the class of 2015 and beyond must pass BOTH math EOCs.)
If a student in the class of 2013 or 2014 has not passed a math EOC, he or she must pass a
CAA alternative option. (These CAA alternative options are also available for the class of
2015 and beyond if a student does not pass one or both of the math EOCs.)
Starting with the class of 2013, Washington state requires that students
earn AT LEAST THREE credits of math (algebra I/integrated math I; geometry/integrated math II; and algebra II, integrated math III, or a rigorous, high school‒level math course that meets the student’s education and career goals identified in the student’s high school and beyond plan).
For a list of state MINUMUM credit requirements, please visit the
Washington State Board of
Education. However, please note that many districts require additional credits
to graduate. Please refer to your local district requirements to determine how
many credits are required to receive a diploma from your high school.
Third Math Credit Waiver Form (Word)
- Third credit requirement in mathematics FAQ (PDF)
The State Board of Education has provided this FAQ in order to address questions related to the new third credit of mathematics required for students starting with the class of
- End-of-Course Exams
EOC exams for high school math began in spring 2011 as required by state law
28A.655.066. These exams replaced the math
High School Proficiency Exam and are given within the last three weeks of the school year.
- Minimum College Admission Standards (PDF)
Students in the class of 2012 and beyond applying for successful admission to a Washington state university are required to take mathematics as a senior. Further details are given in this Higher Education Coordinating Board document.