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

ELA

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*

Science

n/a

n/a

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 required administrations of the state assessments are not required to take a makeup exam prior to gaining eligibility for alternatives (including an Out of State waiver) in the respective content area.

  • For the class of 2019 and earlier: the required administrations of ELA and Math Smarter Balanced assessments occur/occurred in spring of the 11th grade year
  • For classes of 2020 and beyond: the required administrations of ELA and Math Smarter Balanced assessments occur in spring of the 10th grade year

If a student was enrolled during a required testing administration of the Smarter Balanced assessment, but did not test, he or she MUST participate in a re-take before gaining eligibility to submit any assessment graduation alternatives. In order to impact eligibility (as shown in the Graduation Alternatives Application), final student assessment scores must be present in the CAA/CIA database.

   Updated 10/9/2017

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