Graduation Alternatives

College Admission/AP/IB Test Alternatives

Students may use scores on college admissions (ACT (no writing)®, ACT with Writing®, SAT®, SAT with Essay®) tests to show they possess the knowledge and skills expected of high school graduates. Students must meet Eligibility Criteria and be enrolled in 12th grade before submitting scores from any of these examinations.

In addition, students who earn a score of 3 or higher on specified Advanced Placement (AP) tests or 4 or higher on specified International Baccalaureate (IB) exams may use these scores to meet graduation assessment requirements in English language arts and/or math.

College Admissions tests

Approved College Admissions Tests* for Each Content Area:
For ELA: ACT with Writing® or SAT with Essay®
For Mathematics: ACT with Writing®, ACT (no writing)®, SAT with Essay® or SAT®
*SAT Subject Tests, PSAT, or alternate ACT tests (i.e. ACT Compass, Aspire, etc.) DO NOT qualify.

College Admissions Test Cut Scores
A student’s graduation cohort affects which content areas are required for meeting assessment graduation requirements.

Students must meet or exceed one of the following scores in a given content area:

Class of 2018-2020:

Graduation Assessment Requirement SAT with Essay
(March 2016 or later)
SAT®
(March 2016 or later)
ACT with Writing ACT (no Writing)®

Mathematics

430 430 16 16

English Language Arts

410 N/A 14 N/A

Class of 2017:
Graduation Assessment Requirement SAT with Essay
(March 2016 or later)
SAT®
(March 2016 or later)
ACT with Writing ACT (no Writing)®

Mathematics

430 430 16 16

English Language Arts

410 N/A 14 N/A

Class of 2016 and prior:
Graduation Assessment Requirement OLD SAT (prior to March 2016) SAT with Essay (March 2016 or later) SAT (March 2016 or later) OLD ACT with Writing (prior to September 2016) ACT (no writing)

Mathematics

390 430 430 16 16

Reading

350 19 19 13 13
Writing 380 22 N/A 15 N/A

Required Documentation
In order to submit this assessment graduation alternative, an official score report must be uploaded to the College Admission Form in the Graduation Alternatives Application. This may NOT be a printout from a webpage, or a school district summary of reports, etc. The official student score report is the only report that will be considered valid for a submission.

If the uploaded document is NOT an official score report from ACT or SAT:

  • The school district will receive an audit finding
  • the student’s form will be unlocked, and approvals removed
  • an official score report will need to be uploaded and the form re-submitted

Fee Voucher for the ACT or SAT
Eligible students (see below) who use an approved college admission test score for the purpose of fulfilling one or more of their assessment graduation requirements may use -one time only- an OSPI fee voucher to pay for the test registration fee. Starting in school year 2017-18, these vouchers are requested from OSPI at the district level, and are valid only for the ONLINE registration process for ACT or SAT tests.

To be eligible for a fee voucher, the student must:

  1. Have not requested/used an OSPI fee voucher in the past
  2. Be eligible for assessment graduation alternatives in one or more content areas, as shown in their “student overview” page within the Graduation Alternatives application.
  3. Have NOT yet fulfilled the graduation requirement in the content area for which they are shown as "eligible."

About the Fee Voucher

  • Fee vouchers are available for the SAT©, SAT with Essay©, ACT (no writing)©, and ACT with writing© test.
  • Fee vouchers will come in the form of a document containing a unique code and directions for use in the online registration process for SAT or ACT tests.
  • Because fee vouchers are pre-purchased by OSPI from SAT and ACT separately, students must indicate the test they wish to take (ACT or SAT) at the time of their initial voucher request.
  • Because fee vouchers are pre-purchased, they can not be replaced or re-requested. Once issued to a student, he or she is responsible for handling and utilizing their vouchers responsibly, in accordance with provided instructions.

How to request a fee voucher:

    For Students:
    Contact your school (counselor, academic advisor, career center, etc.) to establish whether you are eligible, and, if so, inform school personnel of the test type (ACT or SAT) you will take. Your school will submit your request for a voucher using the procedures outlined below. Once your request has been processed, OSPI will issue a fee voucher to your district containing a unique code and instructions for the online registration process for the ACT or SAT.
    • The district is responsible for ensuring that vouchers issued by OSPI reach the original student requestors.
    • Individual students are responsible for retaining the fee voucher and redeeming it (aka. using it to register online) according to the instructions provided. Fee vouchers are pre-paid by OSPI and, therefore, cannot be replaced if lost or stolen. For this reason, if a fee voucher is lost or stolen, the student may not request another.

    For Schools:
    Gather all fee voucher requests from your school. You may have a designated person or persons responsible for this task. Fee voucher requests must go through District Coordinators (DCs) for submission to OSPI. Requests will only be accepted from a district employee who is listed as a District [Assessment] Coordinator (or District Coordinator Designee), as shown in WAMS.

    Schools will send the requests to the District Coordinator for verification and submission to OSPI. Initial voucher requests must include the specific test (ACT or SAT) for which the student will register.

    *Districts are encouraged to institute a standard procedure for in-district communication/submission of student fee voucher requests.

    For District [Assessment] Coordinators -- How to request fee vouchers from OSPI:
    Please follow the Fee Voucher Request - Instructions for District Coordinators and submit a completed OSPI Fee Voucher Request Form to OSPI according to the instructions. Once OSPI receives the request and confirms student eligibility, voucher codes will be issued to the District Coordinator who is responsible for their distribution to the respective students. Turnaround for voucher requests is typically 5 to 10 days. Turnaround for larger requests (over 50 vouchers in a given week) can take up to 14 days.

*No fee reimbursement is available after a student has registered for and paid for a test.

College Admissions Test Resources: SATwww.collegeboard.com
Information on SAT (non-OSPI) Fee Waivers

ACT www.actstudent.org
Information on ACT (non-OSPI) Fee Waivers



AP and/or IB Exam Scores

Students must earn a score of 3 or higher on eligible AP exam or 4 or higher on eligible IB tests:


Graduation Assessment Requirement by Content Area AP Exams IB Tests [must be at the Higher Level (HL)]

Mathematics

Calculus or Statistics Mathematics or Further Mathematics
English Language Arts
  • English Language and Composition,
  • English Literature and Composition,
  • Macroeconomics,
  • Microeconomics,
  • Psychology,
  • United States History,
  • World History,
  • United States Government and Politics,
  • Comparative Government and Politics
  • Language A: Literature,
  • Language A: Language and Literature,
  • Business and Management,
  • Economics,
  • Geography,
  • History,
  • Information Technology Is a Global Society,
  • Philosophy,
  • Psychology or
  • Social and Cultural Anthropology

Reading (Class of 2016 and earlier)

English Literature and Composition, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Psychology, United States History, World History, United States Government and Politics, or Comparative Government and Politics

Language A: Literature, Language A: Language and Literature, Business and Management, Economics, Geography, History, Information Technology Is a Global Society, Philosophy, Psychology or Social and Cultural Anthropology

Writing (Class of 2016 and earlier)

English Language and Composition

 

AP/IB Test Resources:
AP exams: www.collegeboard.com
IB exams: contact your school counselor

Eligibility for this Assessment Graduation Alternative

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

How to submit this Assessment Graduation Alternative

This assessment graduation alternative is submitted in the Graduation Alternatives Application.

To submit, the student must:

  • Fulfill assessment graduation alternatives Eligibility Criteria
  • Be enrolled in 12th grade (as indicated in CEDARS)**
  • Meet or exceed the score for the appropriate test or exam as shown above
  • Provide a copy of their official score report to their counselor to be uploaded to the digital college admissions test form in the Graduation Alternatives Application

**Please Note: Students who have met standard using one of the above tests/cut scores prior to gaining eligibility to submit may retain their official score reports and submit these scores only after they have fulfilled Eligibility Criteria and entered 12th grade.

 

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