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Graduation Pathways

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Graduation Pathways


OSPI is working to create easy-to-use resources that school counselors can share with students, families and other staff. OSPIs Graduation Pathways one-pager handout shows the essentials of what a student needs to accomplish in order to “meet” that graduation pathway. Spanish version of OSPI Graduation Pathways one-pager is now also available.

Class of 2020 & 2021

Students in these classes will need to meet one of the following graduation pathways that is aligned to their High School and Beyond Plan. 

Graduation Pathways

ACT / SAT / AP / IB Exams

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. 

Dual Credit Courses

A student who completes a dual credit course in English language arts or mathematics in which the student has the potential to earn college credit may use passage of the course as a graduation pathway.

Transition Courses

Passage of the Bridge to College course in English language arts or math may be used as a graduation pathway. 

School districts 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.

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 on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) portion of the test (as posted on the SBE website) it may be used to meet the graduation pathway.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Course Sequence

For a student who earns a minimum of 2 high school CTE credits in the same program area it may be used to meet the graduation pathway. 

A Local CTE Graduation Pathways designed by districts that includes at least 2 high school CTE credits from differing program areas if the sequence is approved by the local school board, school board designee, or local advisory committee, and receive final approval by OSPI. 

Class of 2019 & Earlier

Most Washington state public high school students will fulfill the assessment portion of their graduation requirements by passing state accountability tests. If students do not pass the test, they are eligible to meet both content areas through an Assessment Graduation Alternative. For this reason, the legislature has authorized OSPI to develop state-approved alternatives for students to fulfill the requirements of a Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) or Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) under WAC 392-501. A CAA or CIA tells families, schools, businesses, and colleges that a student has mastered a minimum set of skills required for graduation. Earning a CAA or CIA is required by RCW 28A.655.061 for the class of 2019 and earlier. 

The Graduation Alternatives provide class of 2019 and earlier students with the opportunity to demonstrate their knowledge and skills using methods other than state accountability tests. 

In a small number of cases, students might also meet criteria to apply for waivers in lieu of fulfilling state assessment requirements.