ESHB 2224 “High School Graduation Requirements—Assessments Law”

ESHB 2224, signed into law by Governor Inslee on July 2017, provides students who do not meet standard on statewide assessments with more pathways to high school graduation.

7 Things to Know about ESHB 2224

  1. The high school ELA and math tests will be administered to 10th grade students in spring 2018 (and beyond).
  1. The science high school assessment graduation requirement has been delayed until the Class of 2021.
    • Passing the science assessment is not required for students in graduation classes prior to 2021.
    • However, all juniors are required to take the science test for federal accountability.

  1. Collections of Evidence are no longer an option for meeting assessment graduation requirements.

  1. Locally administered assessments will become an assessment graduation alternative in 2018–19. Districts will need to submit assessments for review and approval.
    • OSPI is working on establishing criteria for a process (including the relationship of the locally administered assessments to the locally determined courses), and will be seeking input from national assessment experts and Washington educators. More information will be available later this fall.

  1. An Expedited Assessment Appeal (EAA) process is available for certain students in the classes of 2014–18 to waive requirements pertaining to CAA/CIA. To receive a waiver, a student must be eligible to submit an appeal, AND have demonstrated 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.
    • District assessment coordinators and district assessment coordinator designees are the only personnel in the district authorized to submit Expedited Assessment Appeals to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
    • Expedited assessment appeals are submitted to OSPI digitally via the Graduation Alternatives Application (in EDS).
    • EAA policy, eligibility requirements, approval criteria, and submission information is available on OSPI's Expedited Assessment Appeals Waiver webpage.

  1. Dual credit: A student who completes a dual credit course in ELA or math and earns college credit may use passage of the course as an objective alternative assessment.
    • More information will be forthcoming about this pathway to meeting the graduation requirement.

  1. The High School & Beyond Plan has been enhanced.

Components of ESHB 2224


10th grade assessment


Science delay until Class of 2021


Science clarification


COE eliminated
Expedited Appeal / Waivers for Classes of 2014-18


Locally Administered Assessments
+ Alternatives: Transition Courses / Earning dual credit


High School and Beyond Plan



10th Grade SBA Standards Documents

Mathematics ESHB 2224 Webinar


   Updated 1/25/2018

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