Pass State Tests or Approved Alternatives to those Tests
Our state graduation requirements are designed to ensure students have a solid foundation of reading, writing, math and science skills, no matter the path they choose after high school.
To be eligible to graduate in Washington, high school students must: pass
specific state exams, earn all required
state credits and those required by
their local school district, and successfully complete a
high school and beyond
plan. Students through the Class of 2014 must also complete a
Students in the Class of 2015 and beyond are not required to complete a
culminating project due to a change in state law during the 2014 legislative
Beginning with the class of 2013, students must earn a Certificate of Academic Achievement or Certificate of Individual Achievement, the latter being for students in special education. To learn more about the CAA/CIA.
In addition to passing state exams, students can meet their assessment graduation requirements by passing state-approved alternatives, or Certificate of Academic Achievement Options. To learn more about CAA Options.
Students who transfer into a public school from out of state or an in-state non-public setting (home school or private school) in 11th or 12th grade can immediately access the CAA options. To learn more about student transfer options.