Legislation in 2017 (RCW 28A.655.061) created an additional alternative for fulfilling assessment graduation requirements: locally administered assessments that are tied to locally determined courses.
Districts have the option of adding this alternative to those already in law to provide more ways for students who have not earned a Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) or Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) to meet the state's assessment graduation requirements.
For school year 2018-19, there will be two options approved for Locally Administered Assessments (LAA) tied to Locally Determined Courses (LDC):
- Passing an English language arts (ELA) or mathematics Bridge to College course
- Passing a Locally-Determined Course (LDC) and the linked Collections of Evidence - Local (COE Local) Assessment
LAA/LDC review and approval Process
Approved Locally Administered Assessments
For school year 2018-19, there will be two options for approved Locally Administered Assessments (LAA) tied to Locally Determined Courses (LDC):
- Successful completion of an English language arts (ELA) or mathematics Bridge to College course. These high school transition courses, as defined by the legislation, are approved locally determined course/locally administered assessment alternatives effective 2018-19.Bridge to College Mathematics and English Language Arts (ELA) are designed for seniors. For high school graduation purposes, the student must pass and earn credit in the course.
- Passing a Locally-Determined Course (LDC) and the linked Collections of Evidence - Local (COE Local). Many schools have developed courses to support students to work on their Collections of Evidence (COE) in ELA and mathematics. Although the state-level COE alternative was discontinued with the passage of ESHB 2224, the COE-Local alternative is intended to leverage the courses districts previously developed for COE, as well as the materials (COE tasks) that were used across the state. Whatever course districts choose a its LDC, the course will need to be credit-bearing classes aligned with state content standards and taught during the regular school day by certificated teachers.
- COE Local Assessment
- Bridge to College
COE Local Assessment
The COE Local Assessment is a new assessment graduation alternative made up of a set of tasks selected from the previous state Collection of Evidence (COE) task bank in math or English language arts (ELA). Tasks selected from the existing COE bank will comprise a student's assessment with the tasks addressing the learning expectations and requirements necessary to show student knowledge of Washington High School Learning Standards.
The COE Local Assessment must be used with a locally-determined course (LDC). A course must also meet a set of criteria established.
- Test Administration Policies
- Test Content
Locally Determined Courses (LDC) and Locally Administered Assessments (LAA)
Districts can use a previously offered COE course or other existing ELA or math course for the Locally Determined Course (LDC) provided that the instructional materials and curriculum are aligned to the Washington High School Learning Standards in the content area. The focus of an LDC is to strengthen the skills and knowledge of students in math or ELA who did not previously meet the high school assessment graduation requirement.
A Locally Determined Course linked to the COE Local Assessment must:
- Align to the high school learning standards for the content area.
- Be taught by a certificated teacher.
- Provide credit toward graduation for the identified student.
- Be offered for credit during the district's regular instructional day.
In order to gain access to the COE Local Task Bank, a District Assessment Coordinator (or designee) must complete and submit a LDC/LAA Course Assurance Form to OSPI.
COE Local FAQ
COE Local Point of Contact
Lesley Klenk, PhD
COE Local Coordinator
Graduation Alternative Assessment Specialist
Bridge to College
Bridge to College - Transition Course (Assessment Graduation Alternative)
Per RCW 28A.655.061(10)(iv), "High school transition courses and the assessments offered in association with high school transition courses shall be considered an approved locally determined course and assessment for demonstrating that the student met or exceeded the high school graduation standard."
At present the only approved transition course to be used as an assessment graduation alternative is the Bridge to College courses in math and English language arts. Administration of the Bridge to College course as an assessment graduation alternative requires that districts and schools adhere to the same assurances previously established for the courses (refer to District and School Assurances for more information).
Bridge to College FAQ (9/2018)
Bridge to College Points of Contact: