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Dual Credit

The passage of Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 2224 into law in June 2017 created an additional assessment graduation alternative: Dual Credit Courses. The bill states:

A student who completes a dual credit course in English language arts or mathematics in which the student earns college credit may use passage of the course as an objective alternative assessment under this section for demonstrating that the student has met or exceeded the high school graduation standard for the certificate of academic achievement.

Please Note: The Dual Credit graduation alternative is a separate Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) option from Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) tests, which are already available as graduation alternatives, as outlined in RCW 28A.655.061(10)(b)(i) and WAC 392-501-102. Information about those alternatives is available on OSPI’s College Admission/AP/IB Tests webpage.


A student who is eligible for graduation alternatives must pass a dual credit course in English Language Arts (ELA) or Mathematics in order to apply it as an assessment graduation alternative.



Definitions: Dual Credit Courses and Passage of Dual Credit Courses

To be considered “dual credit” and meet the graduation alternatives requirement, a course must satisfy the following three criteria:

  1. It generates high school credit toward graduation.
  2. It is articulated with, or could directly result in, college credit (100 level or above) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning.
  3. According to the respective regionally accredited institution of higher education, it is classified as an “English” or “Mathematics” course (i.e. ENGL 101, MATH 107), or it fulfills an English/Communications or Mathematics/Quantitative requirement as verified in the student’s post-secondary degree plan.

“Passage” of a dual credit course requires that the student earn high school credit for the course, as identified on the student’s high school transcript. Students may be required to achieve a certain letter grade or GPA to earn or have the option to earn college credit, as determined by the regionally accredited institution of higher education.



Documentation Requirements

Running Start

For Running Start courses titled English or Math:

  • A high school transcript indicating that the student earned high school credit in the course.

For Running Start courses that are not titled as English (ENGL) or Math (MATH), but can fulfill an English/Communications or Mathematics/Quantitative credit requirement at the institution of higher education:

  • A high school transcript indicating that the student earned high school credit in the course,
    AND
  • Documentation indicating a college course can fulfill an English/Communications or Mathematics/Quantitative college credit requirement (e.g., college degree credit requirement outline)

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Dual Credit Courses (formerly Tech Prep)

For CTE courses titled English or Math:

  • A high school transcript indicating that the student earned high school credit in the course,
    AND
  • The articulation agreement for the current school year that is in place between the school district and the institution of higher education for the specified course

For CTE courses that are not titled as English (ENG) or Math (MATH), but can fulfill an English/ Communications or Math/Quantitative credit requirement at the institution of higher education:

  • A high school transcript indicating that the student earned credit in the course, AND
  • The articulation agreement for the current school year that is in place between the school district and the institution of higher education for the specified course, AND
  • Documentation indicating a college course can fulfill an English/Communications or Mathematics/Quantitative college credit requirement (e.g., college degree credit requirement outline)

College in the High School

For courses titled English or Math:

  • A high school transcript indicating the student earned high school credit in the course.

For courses that are not titled as English (ENG) or Math (MATH), but can fulfill an English/ Communications or Math/Quantitative credit requirement at the institution of higher education:

  • A high school transcript indicating the student earned credit in the course, AND
  • Documentation indicating the college course can fulfill an English/Communications or Mathematics/Quantitative college credit requirement (e.g., college degree credit requirement outline)

Gateway to College, Career Link, Technical College Direct Funded Enrollment Programs, and Out of State Dual Credit courses

For courses titled English or Math:

  • A high school transcript indicating that the student earned high school credit in the course, AND
  • A college transcript indicating that the student earned credit in the college (100 level or above) English or Mathematics course

For courses that are not titled as English (ENGL) or Math (MATH), but can fulfill an English/ Communications or Math/Quantitative credit requirement at the institution of higher education:

  • A high school transcript indicating that the student earned high school credit in the course, AND
  • A college transcript indicating that the student earned credit in the selected college (100 level or above) course, AND
  • Documentation indicating the specified college course(s) can fulfill an English/ Communications or Mathematics/Quantitative college degree credit requirement outline

Eligibility for this Assessment Graduation Alternative

To be eligible for this assessment graduation alternative, the student must:



How to submit this Assessment Graduation Alternative

Currently, OSPI is in the process of enhancing the system functionality of the Graduation Alternatives Application to allow Dual Credit submissions.

While the required system functionality is in development, District Assessment Coordinators (DACs) and their designees may follow the instructions below to request that OSPI manually upload a student’s Dual Credit Course graduation alternative to the CAA/CIA Graduation database:

Step 1: Verify that the student is shown as “eligible” in the respective content area(s), as displayed on their Student Overview page of the Graduation Alternatives Application.

Step 2: Gather all required documentation for the type of Dual Credit course, as indicated in the above “Documentation Requirements” section.

Step 3: As the DAC (or DAC designee), please verify that you have access to the State of Washington secure email portal. If you do not have access to secure email, please send a regular email to graduation.alternatives@k12.wa.us to request an introductory secure email be sent to you, which will grant you access for future use of the secure email portal.

Step 4: Send the student’s SSID, Dual Credit type (i.e. Running Start, College in the High School, etc.), and desired course (i.e. English Composition, Math 101, etc.), and attach all required documentation, in a secure email to graduation.alternatives@k12.wa.us sent via the State of Washington secure email portal. OSPI will respond when the documentation and student eligibility has been verified, and the graduation alternative has been manually uploaded to the student’s record in the CAA/CIA Graduation database. Typical turnaround for Dual Credit requests is 7-10 days.

 

What's New

NEW - Beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, any dual credit course (ELA or Math) must show the earned equivalent of 1.0 high school credit toward graduation in order to apply it as an assessment graduation alternative.

*This includes Running Start, Career and Technical Education Dual Credit Courses and College in the High School.

   Updated 11/7/2018

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