House Bill 1599 (2019) expanded the ways in which Washington students can develop their course plan and show their preparation for a meaningful first step after high school. Beginning with the Class of 2020, students must fulfill the pathway requirement to graduate which must align with their High School and Beyond Plan.
The Graduation Pathways Handout details the essentials of what a student needs to accomplish to "meet" that graduation pathway.
Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Test
For a student who takes the ASVAB while in high school and earns at least the minimum score (31) on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) portion of the test, the ASVAB may be used to meet the graduation pathway.
Students may also attain an AFQT score through the Pending Internet Computerized Adaptive Test (PiCAT). PiCAT scores must be validated at a Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS). For more information on the PiCAT steps, please visit the State Board of Education website.
Career & Technical Education (CTE) Course Sequence
A student may meet this graduation pathway option by completing a sequence of CTE courses
- 2.0 high school credits in CTE courses; and
- 2.0 credits are in the same Program Area; and
- The course has access for students to earn dual credit; or
- Leads to an Industry Recognized Credential (IRC); or
- Is a Core Plus program.
A local CTE Graduation Pathways designed and submitted by districts or State-Tribal Education Compacts (STECs) that includes at least 2 high school CTE credits from differing program areas if the local school board approves the sequence, school board designee, or local advisory committee, and receive final approval by OSPI.
ELA & Math Pathways
Students may choose to meet their graduation pathway requirement with a combination of at least one ELA and one math graduation pathway options below!
- Students may use scores on college admissions (ACT, ACT with Writing, SAT, SAT with Essay) and specified Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests to show they possess the knowledge and skills expected of high school graduates.
- A student who completes a dual credit course in English language arts or mathematics in which the student can earn college credit may use passage of the class as a graduation pathway.
Smarter Balanced Assessment
Students meeting this graduation pathway need to earn at least the following scores on the high school English Language Arts (ELA) and math Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) of:
- Score on ELA - 2548
- Score on math - 2595
- Passage of the Bridge to College course in English language arts or math may be used as a graduation pathway.
- School districts and STECs with current articulation agreement(s) for an indicated English language arts or math course. By passing the course indicated in the agreement (resulting in 100 level or higher college-level course placement), the course may be used as a graduation pathway.
Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement (WA-AIM) Assessment
The WA-AIM Assessment is designed for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities. Students participating in the WA-AIM may meet the graduation pathway requirement. The graduation scores identified by the State Board of Education for the WA-AIM are:
- Score on ELA - 104
- Score on math - 103