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Graduation Alternatives

Locally Administered Assessments and Locally Determined Courses

With passage of HB 1599 (the “Pathways Bill”) information on this page applies only to students in the class of 2019 or earlier. More information for students in the class of 2020 and beyond will be made available in spring/summer 2019. View the resource page related to HB 1599 and legislative information on the bill.

Legislation in 2017 (ESHB 2224, subsection 10, now RCW 28A.655.061) created an additional alternative for fulfilling assessment graduation requirements: locally administered assessments that are tied to locally determined courses.

Districts have the option of adding this alternative to those already in law to provide more ways for students who have not earned a Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) or Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) to meet the state’s assessment graduation requirements.

For school year 2018–19, there will be two options approved for Locally Administered Assessments (LAA) tied to Locally Determined Courses (LDC):

✓ Passing an English language arts (ELA) or mathematics Bridge to College course
✓ Passing a Locally-Determined Course (LDC) and the linked Collections of Evidence - Local (COE Local) Assessment

LAA/LDC review and approval Process

Approved Locally Administered Assessments

For school year 2018–19, there will be two options for approved Locally Administered Assessments (LAA) tied to Locally Determined Courses (LDC):

✓ Successful completion of an English language arts (ELA) or mathematics Bridge to College course. These high school transition courses, as defined by the legislation, are approved locally determined course/locally administered assessment alternatives effective 2018–19.Bridge to College Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) are designed for seniors. For high school graduation purposes, the student must pass and earn credit in the course.

✓ Passing a Locally-Determined Course (LDC) and the linked Collections of Evidence - Local (COE Local). Many schools have developed courses to support students to work on their Collections of Evidence (COE) in ELA and mathematics. Although the state-level COE alternative was discontinued with the passage of ESHB 2224, the COE-Local alternative is intended to leverage the courses districts previously developed for COE, as well as the materials (COE tasks) that were used across the state. Whatever course districts choose a its LDC, the course will need to be credit-bearing classes aligned with state content standards and taught during the regular school day by certificated teachers.

COE Local Assessment
Bridge to College
✓ LAA/LDC FAQ (coming Soon)

COE Local Assessment

The COE Local Assessment is a new assessment graduation alternative made up of a set of tasks selected from the previous state Collection of Evidence (COE) task bank in math or English language arts (ELA). Tasks selected from the existing COE bank will comprise a student’s assessment with the tasks addressing the learning expectations and requirements necessary to show student knowledge of Washington High School Learning Standards.

The COE Local Assessment must be used with a locally-determined course (LDC). A course must also meet a set of criteria established.

✓ Test Administration Policies
✓ Test Content

Locally Determined Courses (LDC) and Locally Administered Assessments (LAA)

Districts can use a previously offered COE course or other existing ELA or math course for the Locally Determined Course (LDC) provided that the instructional materials and curriculum are aligned to the Washington High School Learning Standards in the content area. The focus of an LDC is to strengthen the skills and knowledge of students in math or ELA who did not previously meet the high school assessment graduation requirement.

A Locally Determined Course linked to the COE Local Assessment must:

✓ Instructional material is aligned to Washington State High School Learning Standards for the applicable content area.
✓ Course is taught by a Washington State certificated teacher.
✓ Course is taught during a district’s regular instructional day.
✓ Students will receive credit toward graduation from passing the course; credit offered is to be consistent with the district’s established school year course-credit structure.

Course Assurance

In order to gain access to the COE Local Task Bank, a District Assessment Coordinator (or designee) must complete and submit a LDC/LAA Course Assurance Form to OSPI.

" " COE Local DAC and Administrator Roles and Information (In Development)
" " COE Local Teacher Resources (In Development)
" " How to Submit COE Local Scores for Students (In Development)
" " COE Local FAQ

COE Local Point of Contact

Lesley Klenk, PhD
COE Local Coordinator

Clarisse Leong
Graduation Alternative Assessment Specialist


Bridge to College

Bridge to College – Transition Course (Assessment Graduation Alternative)

Per RCW 28A.655.061(10)(iv), “High school transition courses and the assessments offered in association with high school transition courses shall be considered an approved locally determined course and assessment for demonstrating that the student met or exceeded the high school graduation standard.”

At present the only approved transition course to be used as an assessment graduation alternative is the Bridge to College courses in math and English language arts. Administration of the Bridge to College course as an assessment graduation alternative requires that districts and schools adhere to the same assurances previously established for the courses (refer to District and School Assurances for more information).


Bridge to College Points of Contact:

Aira Jackson
ELA Director

Arlene Crum
Mathematics Director
Phone: 360-725-6233


NEW COE Local Assessment

2018-2019 Cut Scores Released
The following COE Local cut scores were set by OSPI for use across the state:

  • On the mathematics COE Local, students must earn 16 or more points across all five tasks in a collection.
  • For the English language arts (ELA) COE Local, students must earn 30 or more points across all four areas in a collection.

The cut score is for the entire collection; there is no minimum cut score required for any category or task of a COE Local.

   Updated 5/7/2019

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