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Expedited Assessment Appeals Waiver

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The passage of Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 1599 in May 2019 created an expedited appeal process for waiving specific assessment graduation requirements for eligible students in the classes of 2014 through 2020.

Some students in the Classes of 2014 through 2019 may be eligible to have their assessment graduation requirements (English language arts (ELA), math, or both) waived. The waiver requires that the student, through one of several pathways, demonstrate 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.

Information about the waiver for students in the Class of 2020 will be available at a later date.

Expedited Assessment Appeal Process

To pursue a waiver for one or more assessment graduation requirements, a student's district must follow the Expedited Assessment Appeal process.

This process requires the following steps:

  1. The student must meet eligibility criteria AND demonstrated the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the high school ELA and/or Mathematics assessment standards and to successfully achieve their college or career goals.
  2. The student or the student's parent, guardian, or principal initiates an appeal with the district.
    • If pathway B is indicated, please indicate whether or not consent has been obtained from student/student's guardian for OSPI to disclose student information to SBCTC (see Consent Information and Sample Document).
  3. The district determines which appeals are submitted to OSPI for review and approval.
  4. The District Assessment Coordinators (and designees) submits the appeal to OSPI using the Expedited Assessment Appeals tool in the Graduation Alternatives application (in EDS).
  5. OSPI reviews and (if appropriate) approves submissions that meet eligibility AND approval requirements.
    • For appeals using one of the four designated pathways (A-D), thisprocess will typically take 3 days.
    • For appeals using the "other" pathway (E), a panel of educationalprofessionals will convene to review submission materials and providerecommendations to the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
  6. If an appeal is approved, a "Print Letter" button will appear at the end of the student record's row of the Expedited Assessment Appeals tool.
    • District Assessment Coordinators (and assigned designees) are the only personnel in the district authorized to submit Expedited Assessment Appeals to OSPI.
    • District Assessment Coordinators (and assigned designees) may use OSPI's Expedited Assessment Appeal Tool - Directions for Use to submit EAAs.

EAA: Student Eligibility Requirements

EAA eligibility requirements must be met before a student may attempt an appeal. A student must ALSO meet EAA Approval Requirements (see section below) to be granted an EAA waiver.

A student's graduation requirement year (as identified in CEDARS) determines their EAA eligibility requirements:

  • For the Classes of 2014 through 2017 and 2019: An eligible student must have completed all other applicable graduation requirements (e.g., all graduation credits, High School and Beyond Plan, etc.). Information about the waiver for students in the Class of 2020 will be available at a later date.
  • For the Class of 2018: An eligible student must:
    1. Have completed all other applicable graduation requirements (e.g., all graduation credits, High School and Beyond Plan, etc.);
      -AND-
    2. Have attempted an alternative assessment option as established in RCW 28A.655.065 prior to submitting a waiver request. Alternative assessment options include SAT, ACT, AP, or IB tests; GPA comparison; Collections of Evidence submitted by June 2017; or Certificate of Individual Achievement options (for applicable students with IEPs). Documentation may be required to verify an attempt at an alternative.

EAA: Approval Requirements

RCW 28A.655.065 states that an Expedited Assessment Appeals Waiver can only be approved if the eligible student has, through use of the pathways listed below, demonstrated the "the necessary skills and knowledge to meet the high school graduation standard and that the student has the skills necessary to successfully achieve the college or career goals established in his or her high school and beyond plan."

Pathways for demonstrating include, but are not limited to:
(A) Successful completion of a college level class in the relevant subject area
(B) Admission to a higher education institution or career preparation program
(C) Award of a scholarship for higher education
(D) Enlistment in a branch of the military
(E) Other - If a student has demonstrated the "necessary skills and knowledge" through a pathway other than the options listed in A through D. Districts must also submit the following form(s) depending on the waiver area(s) through the secure email portal to eaa@k12.wa.us

Math Other Pathway Form
ELA Other Pathway Form and EAA ELA Standards sheet

Documentation Required for Expedited Assessment Appeals

For all pathways, school districts are expected to retain all verifying documentation within the student's cumulative file, in accordance with current records retention schedules. At present, the Graduation Alternatives Application's Expedited Assessment Appeals tool does not allow any upload of documentation. However, "other" pathway submissions may require documentation be sent to OSPI via secure email.

For more details on applicable "other" pathway documentation and the process for sending materials to OSPI, please see OSPI's EAA "Other" Pathway Guidance Webpage

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