OSPI presented an all-day workshop on HB1599 at the WA School Counselor Association Conference. View slide deck.
The Graduation Pathways Toolkit has been updated for the Class of 2020! The Toolkit is a resource to help educators and families understand state graduation requirements.
To graduate from high school in Washington state, students in the Class of 2020 must earn credits, demonstrate readiness to graduate through one of the new graduation pathways, and complete a High School and Beyond Plan.
The resources on these web pages are for educators, school districts, and families to help support students to graduate with a diploma and a plan for a meaningful first step after high school.
Class of 2020
As a result of the current COVID-19 public health crisis and resulting long-term building closures, OSPI has developed guidance specific to helping support seniors in meeting their graduation requirements and prepare for their first step after high school. In addition, the State Board of Education (SBE) has passed an emergency rule that allows school districts to consider waiving required courses if needed. Links to Class of 2020 specific resources and other helpful supports are available in the next section on this webpage. More information can be found on OSPI's COVID-19 Resources pages as well.
As schools, students, families, and communities continue to navigate school closures, OSPI is committed to providing ongoing guidance and resources as we experience this unprecedented situation together. The most current guidance and resources regarding supporting the Class of 2020 specifically are provided below.
- OSPI's Bulletin 022-20 provides guidance on meeting graduation requirements, special education services, alternative learning settings, and supporting seniors' emotional well-being.
- On April 8, the State Board of Education (SBE) approved additional flexibility in meeting credit requirements for graduating seniors struggling to access learning opportunities.
- In OSPI's Continuous Learning 2020 document, more specific strategies and ideas for supporting seniors can be found in Appendix G (pgs. 68–70).
- OSPI's COVID-19 Resource Pages include additional Resources to Support Student Well-Being to help families and educators support seniors.
In 2019, the Washington State Legislature provided students with multiple pathways to graduation by passing House Bill (HB) 1599. Building off a robust plan (High School and Beyond Plan), quality instruction across core academic areas and completing a graduation pathway helps prepare students for a meaningful first step after high school graduation.
For the Class of 2020 and beyond, students will need to complete a High School and Beyond Plan, required credits, and a graduation pathway. Within these pages, families, students, and educators can learn more about each of these requirements; including what each requirement is designed to do and how students will be supported.
The Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) option for meeting graduation requirements, which is for students receiving special education services if specified in their Individualized Education Program (IEP), remains in place for seniors until the graduating class of 2021. Several existing waivers of specific graduation requirements remain to meet the individual needs of seniors who require them.
OSPI, in partnership with other state-level organizations, is authorized to establish standardized criteria for high school transcripts and establish definitions for credits, hours, and the grading system. See OSPI's Transcript Developer User Guide and High School Transcript FAQ.
Developing and implementing a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS) as a framework for ensuring that all students are supported academically, socially, and emotionally and in their career and college exploration and preparation is best practice. These web pages are full of Resources to help you with Getting Started, connecting with related OSPI Communications, and developing an MTSS in your school.
Explore a variety of resources pertaining to the examination and understanding of graduation requirements, how graduation rates—both on-time and extended—are defined, and state data related to graduation rates.
There are federal laws encompassed in the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and state laws that govern our graduation requirements, higher education admissions and policies, and overall efforts to improve outcomes for schools across the state.
OSPI and multiple other state agencies and organizations work in partnership to connect students and families with the information and resources needed to prepare for a successful transition to a career college program, technical college, two-year college, or four-year college.