Expedited Assessment Appeals Waiver
The passage of Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 2224 in June 2017 created an expedited appeal process for waiving specific assessment graduation requirements for eligible students in the classes of 2014 through 2018.
Some students in the Classes of 2014 through 2018 are eligible to have their assessment graduation requirements (English language arts (ELA), math, or both) waived. This requires that the student, through one of several pathways, demonstrate that he/she has attained the skills and knowledge to meet the high school standards and possesses the skills necessary to successfully achieve the college or career goals established in his or her high school and beyond plan.
An approved Expedited Assessment Appeal waives the Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) or Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) assessment graduation requirement. A student who meets graduation assessment requirements with a waiver may be granted a diploma, but without the designation of a CAA or CIA.
Appeal Eligibility Requirements
Students in the Classes of 2014 through 2017 are eligible to submit an Expedited Assessment Appeal if they have met all other applicable graduation requirements.
Students in the Class of 2018 are eligible if:
(1) They have met all other applicable graduation requirements; AND
(2) They have attempted an alternative assessment option as established in RCW 28A.655.065 before submitting a waiver request. Alternative assessment options include SAT, ACT, AP, or IB tests; GPA comparison; Collections of Evidence submitted by June 2017; or Certificate of Individual Achievement options.
Appeal Submission Process
Students, parents, guardians, or principals may initiate an Expedited Assessment Appeal for an eligible student through the student’s school district. The district has the authority to determine which Expedited Assessment Appeals are submitted to OSPI for review and approval.
School districts must submit expedited waiver appeals to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) through the Expedited Assessment Appeals tool in the Graduation Alternatives application within the Education Data System (EDS). In order to submit an Expedited Assessment Appeal within the Graduation Alternatives application, the district assessment coordinator (or designee) must certify, by checking a box, that the student has met the waiver criteria outlined in ESHB 2224. Directions for use are available under the “Supports” section of the Graduation Alternatives Application webpage.
Waiver Approval Requirements
An Expedited Assessment Appeals Waiver can only be approved if, within the appeal form, it is indicated that the eligible student has, through use of the pathways listed below, demonstrated the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the high school ELA and/or Mathematics assessment standards and to successfully achieve his or her college or career goals.
Pathways for demonstrating may include, but are not limited to:
(A) Successful completion of a college level class in the relevant subject area;
(B) Admission to a higher education institution or career preparation program;
(C) Award of a scholarship for higher education; or
(D) Enlistment in a branch of the military.
(E) Other** (see below)
The “Other” option present in the EAA tool allows a district to describe how an eligible student has demonstrated the “necessary skills and knowledge” through a pathway other than those listed in A through D.
For those who wish to use the “other” category in the Expedited Assessment Appeal tool, a District [Assessment] Coordinator (or designee) must enter a description that includes details on:
- how the student has demonstrated the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the high school ELA and/or Mathematics standards.
*Having passed required content area courses is a prerequisite for this appeal,
and does not indicate proficiency as would otherwise be established through the
student having met standard on the statewide assessment.
- how the student's post-secondary academic progression or technical training/occupation is related to their college and career goals.
Note to District [Assessment] Coordinators: Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 2224 states, "the district has the authority to determine which appeals are submitted to the superintendent of public instruction for review and approval." A District [assessment] Coordinator (DC) is responsible for submitting only those appeals which fulfill the requirements for student eligibility and the selected pathway.
A DC (or DC designee) should not submit a description for the "other" category unless it meets both of the criteria outlined above,
this remains the case whether or not the description was originally submitted to the DC by another district employee. Any insufficient "other" descriptions submitted to the DC should be sent back to the original requestor for revision, to be resubmitted only once the above two criteria are met.
Waiver Approval Process
An Expedited Assessment Appeals Waiver will be granted if the student has:
- Met eligibility requirements for their graduation cohort year,
- Fulfilled all other graduation requirements, and
- Demonstrated the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the high school graduation standard
Typical turnaround for OSPI review and approval is two to three days. Upon OSPI approval, a “Print Letter” button will appear at the end of each record entered into the Expedited Assessment Appeals tool. By clicking the “Print Letter” button, a pop-up window will appear in a new tab with the student’s waiver approval letter, which the district may print for its records.
Data submitted through the Graduation Alternatives Application Expedited Assessment Appeals tool is not currently linked to the CAA/CIA database.
Documentation Required for Submitting an Expedited Assessment Appeal
At present, no documentation is required for submission within the application. However, school districts are expected to retain all verifying documentation within the student’s cumulative folder, in accordance with current records retention schedules.