All Washington state high school students must show they have key reading and writing skills by graduation. Most students will meet this requirement by passing a state exam. Some students with strong skills, however, may need to use an assessment to demonstrate their skills. For these students, state-approved alternatives are available, called Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) Options.
A student’s grades in English courses and/or math courses are compared with the
grades of students who took the same courses AND passed the HSPE. This
option is available to students in their 12th grade year.
Students may use their scores on the SAT reading and math reasoning tests, ACT
reading and math tests, and specified Advanced Placement examinations to show
they have key skills.
The COE is an evaluation of a set of work samples based on classroom work prepared by the student with instructional support from a teacher. It leads to a Certificate of Academic Achievement and is one of three alternative assessments available to Washington high school students. Students must meet eligibility criteria to access the COE.