The Culminating Project is a new graduation requirement that has been passed by the State Board of Education.
- Starting with the class of 2008, students will need to complete a project in order to receive a Certificate of Academic Achievement from Washington state.
- Each school district develops its own criteria for successful completion of the Culminating Project.
- The full set of new requirements is modified in State Board rule under WAC 180-51-061.
- The requirement states that “Each student shall complete a culminating project for graduation. This project consists of students demonstrating both their learning competencies and preparations related to learning
goals three and four. Districts shall define the process to implement this graduation requirement.”
When thoughtfully designed, the culminating projects will help our schools more effectively attain the overall purpose, as articulated in the preamble to House Bill 1209.
The challenge across our state is to engage students and communities so these Culminating Projects serve as authentic application of academic skills. This is not an easy task and it demands the thoughtful work of schools, communities and youth.
If you have questions about this or other state graduation requirements, please contact the
State Board of Education.
The goal of the Basic Education Act for the schools of the state of Washington set forth in this chapter shall be to provide students with the opportunity to become responsible citizens, to contribute to their own economic well-being and to that of their families and communities, and to enjoy productive and satisfying lives.
-- HB 1209
Culminating Project Tools
Ways Service-Learning Adds Value to Culminating Projects
- Broadens the Portfolio and Post High School Plan
- Strengthens Career Pathways
- Provides Authenticity and Rigor to Projects
- Encourages Student-Directed Learning
- Advances the Civic Mission of Schools
- Encourages Community Partnerships and Mentoring
- Creates Authentic Assessment