Multiple Pathways to Graduation (House Bill 1599)
In 2019, the Washington State Legislature provided students with multiple pathways to graduation by passing House Bill (HB) 1599. HB 1599 expands the ways Washington students show their readiness for their next step after high school. Building off a robust plan (High School and Beyond Plan) and quality instruction across core academic areas, completing a graduation pathway helps prepare students for what comes after high school graduation. It also signals to employers and postsecondary education/training institutions a student’s readiness for that step.
- Frequently Asked Questions about HB 1599
- WSCA 2020 Pre-Conference HB1599 Slide Deck
- HB 1599 Bill Report
- Graduation Pathways Toolkit: Class of 2020 (February 2020)
- Graduation Pathways by Cohort (Quick Reference Guide)
HB 1599 did not extend the expedited waiver beyond the Class of 2020. The Class of 2021 must use one of the graduation pathways to meet the pathway graduation requirement.
Students with IEPs can access any of the graduation pathways to meet the pathway requirement. In addition, students with IEPs in the Class of 2021 can continue to access the Certificate of Individual Achievement to meet this requirement. HB 1599 discontinues the use of the Certificate of Individual Achievement for all classes after the Class of 2021. Guidelines for Statewide Accountability Assessments outline the importance of setting high expectations for all students and provides guidance to IEP teams in how to determine the appropriate assessment option for each student.
What has changed? Starting with the Class of 2020, students have an expanded number of ways to show they are ready for the next step after high school. These are listed below, and more detail is provided in the Graduation Pathways Toolkit, Class of 2020 and Multiple Pathways to Graduation FAQ. Importantly, the expedited assessment appeal (“waiver”) is also available to students through the Class of 2020.
- Statewide high school assessments (Smarter Balanced or WA-AIM)
- Dual credit courses in English language arts (ELA) and math
- High school transition courses in ELA and math
- Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or Cambridge International courses (or tests) in ELA and math
- SAT or ACT
- A combination of meeting ELA and math requirements from the list above (for example, completing a transition course in math and meeting the graduation standard on the Smarter Balanced Assessment in ELA).
- Sequence of career and technical education (CTE) courses, including completing a Core Plus branded program
- Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB)
HB 1599 directs the State Board of Education to adopt rules for each of the pathways to provide additional clarity to the new law. Find out how to review or comment the proposed rules by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students with IEPs can access any of the graduation pathways to meet the pathway requirement. In addition, students with IEPs in the Class of 2020 can continue to access the Certificate of Individual Achievement to meet this requirement. Guidelines for Statewide Accountability Assessments outline the importance of setting high expectations for all students and provides guidance to IEP teams in how to determine the appropriate assessment option for each student.
Other statewide graduation requirements (a High School and Beyond Plan and the required high school credits) are applicable for the Class of 2020, in addition to any locally determined graduation requirements.
What has changed? Students in the Class of 2019 may be eligible for an expedited assessment appeal (commonly referred to as the “waiver”) to waive the assessment graduation requirements for their class, if they have met other requirements and have demonstrated they have skills and knowledge to meet the high school graduation standard.
All other assessment graduation requirement alternatives are in place for the Class of 2019. This means students may use one of the following to meet the assessment graduation requirements:
- Graduation standard on Smarter Balanced or WA-AIM (ELA and math)
- Passing a dual credit course
- Passing a Bridge to College course
- ACT or SAT score
- Advanced Placement score
- Passing Locally Administered Assessment (COE-Local)
- Grades Comparison
- CIA cut-score on Smarter Balanced (“L2 Basic”) (for some students with disabilities)
- Locally Developed Assessment (LDA) (for some students with disabilities)
- Off-grade assessment (for some students with disabilities)
- Expedited Assessment Appeals Waiver
Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) may access a Certificate of Individual Achievement to meet the assessment graduation requirement for the Class of 2019 in addition to accessing the waiver.
Other statewide graduation requirements (a High School and Beyond Plan and the required high school credits) are applicable for the Class of 2019, in addition to any locally determined graduation requirements.
The State Board of Education maintains a list of graduation requirements for earlier class years.