Graduation & Pathway Preparation
To graduate from high school in Washington state, at a minimum students must earn required credits, and complete both a Graduation Pathway and a High School Beyond Plan. The resources on this web page are designed for school support staff, educators, school districts, and families to help students to graduate with a diploma and a plan for a meaningful first step after high school.
The State Board of Education (SBE) passed permanent rules in July 2021, allowing for individual students to use a Graduation Requirement Emergency Waiver (GREW) if their ability to earn all credits and/or complete a Graduation Pathway was impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis. This waiver should be used only after high schools have made a "good faith effort" to help students meet all graduation requirements and only if the student can still demonstrate their preparation for their post-high school plan.
- Emergency Waiver Program
- Class of 2022 Graduation Pathways Toolkit
- Class of 2022 Graduation Pathways Quick Guide
Due to the COVID-19 public health crisis, the State Board of Education passed emergency rules to ensure that seniors who could demonstrate their preparation for their post-high school plan could access a Graduation Requirement Emergency Waiver (GREW) and still graduate even if not all state and/or local graduation requirements had been met.
- Class of 2021 Graduation Pathways Toolkit (published Aug. 2020).
- For more information about the GREW, go to SBEs Emergency Waiver Program website.
Given the interruption of students' access to in-person education as a result of the COVID-19 school building closures, the SBEs emergency waiver rules apply to the students in the Class of 2020. For students needing flexibility in meeting their graduation requirements, the Expedited Assessment Appeal (EAA) waiver is still available.
In recent years, the need to ensure that all students graduate ready for career, college and civic engagement has resulted in increased focus on graduation requirements. This webpage links to specific details about credit requirements, Graduation Pathways (for the Class of 2020 and on), and the High School and Beyond Plan.
Career Guidance Washington is a guidance and life-planning curriculum for students in Grades 6-12. It is designed to help students achieve their post-high school dreams.
The Class of 2021 will be the last graduating class where the opportunity to access a Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) is still available. This webpage describes different CIA options and assessment waivers that can be utilized for eligible students needing these supports.
For high school students, a transcript is their official academic record and may possibly be used to determine eligibility for a job, internship or apprenticeship, but is most commonly used as part of military enlistment and college and scholarship application processes. This webpage links to OSPI’s annual Transcript User Guide and FAQ, often used by K-12 and higher education admissions staff.
Student Learning Plans are developed to both inform and guide students and parents regarding the respective role of the school, parents, and the student to systematically plan and monitor student academic success.