Graduation Alternatives - Eligibility Criteria
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Graduation Alternatives

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility to access Assessment Graduation Alternatives (both CAA and CIA options) is driven by one of two factors

  1. Testing History, or
  2. Transfer Status

Eligibility Based on Testing History

– “Did this student participate in the required state accountability assessments?”

Every student enrolled in WA state schools during the administration of state accountability assessments in spring of 10th grade must attempt them, or a makeup exam, before gaining eligibility to submit assessment graduation alternatives in the respective content areas.

Content Area Tests Required for Assessment Graduation Alternatives Eligibility
Class of 2018 Class of 2019 and 2020 2021 and beyond


Smarter Balanced Assessment*

Smarter Balanced Assessment - 10th Grade level*

Smarter Balanced Assessment - 10th Grade level*

Mathematics (choose one)

  • Smarter Balanced Assessment*
  • Algebra 1 EOC exam*
  • Geometry EOC exam*

Smarter Balanced Assessment - 10th Grade level*

Smarter Balanced Assessment - 10th Grade level*




Next Generation Science Standards exam*

* The WA-AIM remains the applicable alternate assessment (for students with significant cognitive challenges) for all graduation years, in all content areas

Assessments that meet the assessment graduation requirements are not necessarily the same as federal accountability exams. A student’s assessment graduation requirements are dependent on his or her graduation cohort. For more information on assessments according to cohort, please refer to OSPI’s State Testing webpage.

Eligibility Based on Transfer Status

– “Did this student transfer* after required state exams were administered?”
* Transfer must be from out of state (OOS), out of country, or from a private/home school environment

Because testing drives access to assessment graduation alternatives, those who were not enrolled in Washington state schools during the federal accountability administrations of the required state assessments (spring of 10th grade year for ELA and Math) are eligible for alternatives in the respective content area. This criterion must also be met for a student to apply for an Out of State Waiver.

A student who transfers into Washington public schools for the first time in 11th or 12th grade did not have the opportunity to participate in the spring of 10th grade accountability administrations of the ELA and Math Smarter Balanced assessments. These students are, therefore, eligible to access the Assessment Graduation Alternatives without taking a state accountability assessment first.

   Updated 9/18/2017

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