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Graduation Requirements

An 8-member team of OSPI staff recent provided an all-day pre-conference workshop on HB1599 at the Wa School Counselor Association’s 2020 annual conference.  The slide deck for this workshop is available here.  It includes an in-depth look at all the graduation requirement changes brought about by HB1599 and resources that can help with implementation.

In  2019, the legislature passed HB1599, which updated graduation requirements for the Class of 2020.   All public high school students are required to meet statewide graduation requirements in order to earn a diploma. The goal is that more students will be better prepared to meet 21st-century demands in their working and personal lives.

Within these pages, families, students and educators can learn more about each of the new requirements, including what each requirement is designed to do and how students will be supported.

To earn a high school diploma, a student must:

OSPI has created several resources, including a graduation toolkit and graduation checklists, to help educators and families understand state graduation requirements. These resources are updated when changes occur.

The Washington State Board of Education establishes minimum credit requirements and the High School and Beyond Plan.

High school transcript criteria are established by WAC 392-415.