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Graduation Alternatives

Collection of Evidence

Educators, please see: COE website for guidelines, policies, training and the calendar

The COE is an evaluation of a set of work samples prepared by the student with instructional support from a teacher. OSPI works with Washington teachers to develop and implement COE administration in English language arts (ELA), mathematics, and science. All COE materials specific to that which a student would submit are held in a secure "task bank." Teachers are allowed access to the task bank after registering students to use the COE alternative.

Students develop their work samples under the direct supervision of educators. Students must follow state guidelines for preparing and submitting collections.

Schools and districts follow sufficiency guidelines when submitting student collections.

The COE is scored at the state level using professional scorers. Student results are released to districts via the Washington Assessment Management System (WAMS) following each scoring window.

Who is eligible?
Students may be eligible for this option in two different ways:

  1. Students attempted a large-scale assessment in the content area at least once, or
  2. Students transferred into a Washington public school and meet the eligibility criteria for accessing the Graduation Alternatives.

What are the COE submission deadlines?
There are two COE submissions each year. January offers a submission for students in the graduation cohort of the current school year (current 12th graders) and June is available to all eligible students.

How is a COE scored?
COEs are scored at the state level by professional scorers trained by OSPI content specialists. This ensures the reliability of the assessment and strengthens the validity behind the use of the results as a graduation alternative. The COE is designed to assess content and skills similar to those assessed through the state exit exams.

What is a "subsequent collection"?
Students have an opportunity to submit a subsequent COE after not meeting standard with their original collection. A subsequent COE must follow similar protocols for submission as those for original COEs in terms of using Task Bank tasks, meeting sufficiency requirements and submitting the collection during the submission windows published by the state.

A subsequent COE submissions must meet the same criteria as the original submission:

  • Mathematics: four tasks, in total, with one on-demand task
  • ELA: Four reading tasks, four brief writes, and two performance tasks in total with two on-demand work samples—one reading task and one brief write
  • Biology (Subsequent Standard COE):
    If a student's original COE score is 21 or above, the student is limited to a subsequent COE with exactly four new work samples.

Expanded Subsequent for Biology COE:
An expanded subsequent COE must be submitted if the student's full collection has a score that is 20 points or less. An expanded subsequent collection contains 5 or 6 new work samples with two on-demand tasks required. In order to be sufficient, examples of every strand must be represented in the collection.

How do I learn more about policy changes that affect COE?
Please refer to the Policies in the COE Guidelines.

Who can answer my questions about COE?
For guidance on the COE process: Contact your building or district staff that assist students with graduation matters (e.g. school counselor or principal.)

For guidance on COE policy and procedures: Contact your District Coordinator (aka. District Assessment Coordinator). District Coordinators serve as the schools' primary points of contact for assessment and COE-related information and inquiries. They are the designated district-level personnel who communicate with OSPI regarding assessment and COE.**

   Updated 9/19/2016

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