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CIA and Waivers

Graduation Requirement Emergency Waiver (GREW)

In the Graduation Requirement Emergency Waiver presentation (GREW), OSPI and SBE staff cover a variety of graduation requirement flexibility options for the Class of 2022, including the continued availability of a GREW.

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The resources provided are for educators, school districts, and families to help support students to graduate and plan for a meaningful first step after high school.

Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) Options

(For students receiving special education services, if specified in their IEPs)

Students through the graduating class of 2021 receiving special education services may have other options that can be applied toward earning a Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA). However, a student's IEP team will make the determination as to which option is appropriate for the student-- based on the student's learner characteristics, and taking into consideration a student's PLAAFP, post-secondary goals, and previous testing history. For further direction, please see Guidance for IEP Teams: Student Participation in Statewide Assessments for Accountability and Graduation.

CIA Cut Score (formerly Basic/L2) - on Regular (On-Grade) Assessment
A student's IEP team may determine a student's passing score as the CIA Cut Score, established within the Level 2, or Basic, score range on the state Mathematics or ELA assessment. The CIA Cut Score cannot be used for meeting standard in district federal accountability reporting, but can be used to fulfill requirements to earn a CIA. Applicable students may use the CIA cut score option when participating in federal accountability assessment administrations.

Locally Determined Assessments (LDA)
An LDA is a series of state-prescribed assessments that can be selected and administered at the local school level. They are available in the content areas of mathematics and ELA (comprised of a reading LDA + writing LDA). Meeting standard is scoring at or above the established minimum Grade Equivalency (G.E.) for the prescribed test or the established passing score. Tests that have been administered in the 10th, 11th or 12th grade can be applied. Students are still expected to participate in on-grade level exam(s) required for federal accountability.

Off-Grade Level Assessment on Regular or Alternate Assessment*
*Use of the off-grade WA-AIM (state's alternate assessment) is intended for the students who have previously met the criteria for participation in the Alternate Assessment (the WA-AIM).

Students receiving special education services may take an assessment specific to a particular content area (Mathematics or ELA) at a grade level different from their current enrollment grade. The student must meet the established cut score for proficiency (level 3) for the grade level accessed. Students are still expected to participate in on-grade level assessment(s) required for federal accountability.


Graduation Requirements Emergency Waiver (GREW)

In July, 2021 the State Board of Education (SBE) passed permanent rules allowing districts to offer waivers of certain graduation requirements on an individual student basis during certain emergencies, including the current COVID-19 public health crisis.  The current GREW rules permits the waiver of up to 2.0 core or flexible credits and/or the graduation pathway requirements for students in the classes of 2020, 2021, and 2022 as described in Chapter 180-111 WAC.  

The GREW should be used only as a last resort for a student whose learning and ability to meet credit and graduation pathway requirements that has been impacted by COVID-19.  

Seniors who meet the following criteria may choose to access the GREW:

  • Reasonably expected to graduate; and
  • Impacted by significant disruption to their education; and
  • Can demonstrate postsecondary preparation; and
  • Finish their High School and Beyond Plan and all specific graduation requirements (credits or graduation pathways) needed for their postsecondary plan no later than August 31, 2022.
  • Students in the class of 2023 who want to graduate early and only need their pathway requirement waived may also access the waiver. 

School districts and State-Tribal Education Compacts will need SBE approval and a resolution adopted prior to awarding any waivers. Schools must demonstrate their good faith effort to help students meet minimum state graduation requirements and use all other available waivers and local flexibility prior to granting a GREW. 

The waiving of credits must be documented in CEDARS and on the high school transcript.  For more details, visit OSPIs Transcript webpage. The graduation pathways waiver should be submitted and approved in the Graduation Alternatives application in EDS. 

For more details about the emergency waiver program, please visit the SBE website.  

Expedited Assessment Appeals Waiver
An Expedited Assessment Appeals (EAA) Waiver can be approved only if an eligible student has demonstrated that they have the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the high school graduation standard and to successfully achieve their college or career goals, as outlined in E2SHB 1599

Out of State Transfer Waiver
The Out of State (OOS) waiver is for students in the class of 2019 or earlier who transfered from another state in the 11th or 12th grade. The student may apply to receive a waiver for the graduation pathway requirement if the student has previously passed another state's high school exit or accountability examination as approved by OSPI. Only tests approved by OSPI will be applicable for the OOS waiver. 

Special, Unavoidable Circumstance Appeal (SUCA)
Students in the class of 2019 or earlier who have been unable to demonstrate their skills and knowledge on the state accountability assessment or another assessment graduation alternative because of special, unavoidable circumstances may appeal to the Superintendent of Public Instruction to waive a specific content area's assessment graduation requirement. The waiver does not grant the student a Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) or Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA).

WA-AIM Engagement Rubric

Students who meet some or all of the Engagement Rubric criteria will count as participants in federal and state accountability reporting. Engagement Rubrics are submitted through the WA-AIM INSIGHT Portal. Data Collection Platform. For high school students in the Class of 2021 and earlier, use of an Engagement Rubric automatically resulted in an Awareness Waiver applied to the state assessment graduation requirement. 

Students in the Class of 2021 will be the last cohort able to apply an Awareness Waiver to fulfill assessment graduation requirements.  The Engagement Rubric will continue to be used with all tested grade levels and cohorts as part of federal and state accountability.