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2410 (P) - High School Graduation Requirements

BOARD POLICY No. 2410

The board will establish graduation requirements which, at a minimum, satisfy those established by the State Board of Education.  The board will consider approval of additional graduation requirements as recommended by the superintendent.  Graduation requirements in effect when a student first enrolls in high school will remain in effect until that student graduates.  The board will award a regular high school diploma to every student enrolled in the district who meets the requirements established by the district.  Only one diploma will be awarded with no distinctions being made between the various programs of instruction which may be pursued.

CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

Class of:

State Diploma 2018

WWPS Diploma 2018

2019 and beyond

Entering 9th grade after July 1 of:

2014

2014

2015

English

4

4

4

Mathematics

3

3

3

Science

2

2

3

Social Studies

3

3

3

Arts

1

1

2

Health and Fitness

2

2

2

Career and Tech Ed

   

1

Occupational Education

1

1.5

 

World Language

   

2

Electives

4

5.5

4

Total Required Credits:

20

22

24

*The State Board of Education approved a waiver to delay the implementation of the 24 credit requirement for the graduating classes of 2019 and 2020.

Additional credit information for Classes of 2015-2017

Math (3 credits required)

Math credits are required as follows:  Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1; Geometry or Integrated Math 2; Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 3, or a 3rd credit of math, other than Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 3,  if the elective is based on a career-oriented program of study identified in the student’s High School and Beyond Plan and the student, parent/guardian and a school representative meet, discuss the plan and sign a from pursuant to WAC 180-51-067(2)(b). 

Social Studies (2.5 credits required for Class of 2015, 3 credits required for Classes of 2016-2017)

For the Class of 2015, the following courses are required:  1 credit of U.S. History and Government, 1 credit of Contemporary World History, Geography and Problems, and .5 credits of Washington State History.  For the Classes of 2016 and 2017, the following courses are required:  1 credit of U.S. History and Government, 1 credit of Contemporary World History, Geography and Problems, .5 credits of Civics (content may be embedded in another social studies course) and .5 Social Studies elective. 

The Washington State history and government requirement may be met in grades 7 through 12.  If the course is taken in the 7th or 8th grade, it fulfills the requirement, but high school credit will only be awarded if the academic level of the course exceeds the requirements for 8th grade.  Students who meet the requirement but do not earn credit must still take the required number of social studies credits in high school. 

Additional credit information for Class of 2018

Math (3 credits required)

The following courses are required:  Algebra 1 or Integrated Math 1; Geometry or Integrated Math 2; Algebra 2 or Integrated Math 3, or a third credit of math, if the elective is based on a career-oriented program of study identified in the student’s High School and Beyond Plan and the student, parent/guardian and a school representative meet, discuss the plan and sign a form pursuant to WAC 180-51-067. 

Science (2 credits required)

At least one lab is required.

Social Studies (3 credits required)

The following are required:  U.S. History and Government; Contemporary World History, Geography and Problems; .5 credits of Civics (content may be embedded in another social studies course); .5 credits of Social Studies elective.

Arts (1 credit required)

Performing or visual arts is required.

Health and Fitness (2 credits required)

The following are required:  .5 credits of Health (must include instruction in CPR and appropriate use of an automated external defibrillator (AED); 1.5 credits of Fitness.  Students must earn credit for physical education unless excused pursuant to RCW 28A.230.050.

Occupational Education (1 credit required)

A CTE course or one that meets the definition of an exploratory course according to the CTE program standards

Additional credit information for Class of 2019 and beyond

Credit requirements conform to Career & College-Ready Graduation requirements.

Math (3 credits required)

The following courses are required:  Algebra 1 or integrated Math 1, Geometry or Integrated Math 2 and a third credit of math chosen by the student based on the student’s interest and High School and Beyond Plan and approved by the parent or guardian.  If the parent or guardian is unavailable or does not indicate a preference, the school counselor or principal will approve the course.

Science (3 credits required)

At least two (2) labs are required and a third credit of Science chosen by the student based on the student’s interest and High School and Beyond Plan and approved by the parent or guardian.  If the parent or guardian is unavailable or does not indicate a preference, the school counselor or principal will approve the course.

Social Studies (3 credits required)

The following are required:  U.S. History and Government; Contemporary World History, Geography and Problems; 0.5 credits of Civics (content may be embedded in another social studies course); 0.5 credits of Social Studies elective.

Arts (2 credits required)

Performing or visual arts is required.  One (1) credit may be a Personalized Pathway Requirement, defined as related courses that lead to a specific post-high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student and based on the student’s interests and High School and Beyond Plan, which may include Career and Technical Education, and are intended to provide a focus for the student’s learning.

World Language (2 credits required)

Both credits may be a Personalized Pathway Requirement.  If the student has chosen a four-year degree pathway in their High School and Beyond Plan, the student will be advised to earn 2 credits in world language.

Career and Technical Education (1 credit required)

This credit may be an Occupational Education course that meets the definition of an exploratory course as described in the CTE program standards.

ASSESSMENTS

Class of:

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Entering 9th grade after July 1 of:

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

 

Reading and Writing HSPE, or ELA SBAC, or 10th grade ELA Exit Exam

10th grade ELA Exit Exam,

or ELA SBAC

ELA SBAC

ELA SBAC

One Math EOC Exam or Algebra I/Integrated math 1 EOC Exam or Geometry/Integrated Math 2 EOC Exit Exam or Math SBAC

One Math EOC Exam in Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 or Geometry/Integrated Math 2 or Math SBAC

Math SBAC

CLASS OF 2017 ONLY: Biology EOC Exam

Biology EOC Exam

Biology EOC Exam


 

NON-CREDIT REQUIREMENTS

Class of:

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Entering 9th grade
after July 1 of:

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

 

Culminating Project

As of the Class of 2015, the Culminating Project is no longer a state requirement, but continues to be a WWPS requirement 

High School and Beyond Plan

 

Certificate of Academic Achievement or Individual Achievement awarded to student who pass the required assessments

 

Washington State history and government

Culminating Project

The district requires that students complete a Culminating Project as a requirement for high school graduation. The superintendent will establish procedures for this graduation requirement.

High School and Beyond Plan and Personalized Pathways

Within the first year of high school enrollment, each student will develop a High School and Beyond Plan.  The plan will be developed in collaboration with the student, parents/guardians and district staff and include, at a minimum: 1) a career goal; 2) an educational goal; 3) a four-year course plan for high school; and 4) identification of required assessments. Each student plan should be reviewed annually at the beginning of the school year to assess student progress, to adjust the plan if necessary and to advise the student on steps for successful completion of the plan.  Whether the student has met requirements for the High School and Beyond Plan is determined by the district.

Personalized Pathway Requirements (PPR) are related courses that lead to a specific post high school career or educational outcome chosen by the student based on the student’s interests and their High School and Beyond Plan, which may include Career and Technical Education and are intended to provide a focus for the student’s learning. Students may use a PPR class for 1 of 2 required Art Credits and/or up to 2 credits of the World Language requirement. Students may earn up to 3 credits upon successful completion of PPR classes.

A student receiving special education services who has developed a transition plan as part of their Individualized Education Plan (IEP) may be considered by the district to have developed a High School and Beyond Plan.

Certificate of Academic Achievement

A student will receive a certificate of academic achievement (CAA) if they earn the appropriate number of credits required by the district, complete the High School and Beyond plan, complete the Culminating Project (not required for the Class of 2015 and beyond) and meet the reading, writing and math standards on the high school statewide assessment or an appropriate state-approved alternative (“CAA option”).


Certificate of Individual Achievement

A student qualifying for special education services may earn a Certificate of Individual Achievement after passing assessments determined by the student’s Individualized Education Plan (IEP) team to be appropriate for the student based on their learner characteristics, post-secondary goals and previous testing history.

International Baccalaureate Programme Diploma

A student who fulfills the requirements for an International Baccalaureate Programme diploma is considered to have satisfied the minimum state requirements for graduation from high school, but the district may require the student to complete additional local graduation requirements.  To receive an international baccalaureate diploma, a student must complete and pass all required diploma program courses as scored at the local level, pass all internal assessments as scored at the local level, successfully complete all required projects and products as scored at the local level and complete the final exams administered by the international baccalaureate organization in each of the required subjects.

Awarding of High School Credit

High school credit will be awarded for successful completion of a specified unit of study. In this district, successful completion of a specified unit of study means: 

  1. Earning a passing grade according to the district's grading policy, and/or
  2. Demonstrating proficiency/mastery of content standards as determined by the district; and/or
  3. Successfully completing an established number of hours of planned instructional activities to be determined by the district.

The district will establish a process for determining proficiency/mastery for credit-bearing courses of study.

Implementation

The superintendent will develop procedures for implementing this policy which include:

1.     Determination of the education plan process for identifying competencies;

  1. Establishing the process for completion of the High School and Beyond Plan;
  1. Recommending course and credit requirements which satisfy the State Board of Education requirements and recognize the expectations of the citizens of the district;
  1. Determining which courses satisfy particular subject area requirements and whether a particular course may satisfy more than one subject area requirement, including a process for determining the credits the district will recognize for courses taken through another program recognized by the state (e.g. another public school district or an approved private school) or those courses taken by students moving into the state from another state or country. Decisions regarding the recognition of credits earned before enrolling in the district will be based on the professional judgment of the high school principal or designee based on an evaluation of the student’s former program and demonstrated knowledge and skills in the discipline for which credit is sought. The decision of the principal may be appealed to the superintendent within fifteen school days;
  1. Making graduation requirements available in writing to students, parents and members of the public;
  1. Providing for a waiver of graduation requirements for an individual student when permitted. All state graduation requirements must be satisfied unless a waiver is permitted by law;
  1. Granting credit for learning experiences conducted away from school, including National Guard high school career training;
  1. Granting credit for correspondence, vocational-technical institutes and/or college courses for college or university course work the district has agreed to accept for high school credit. ​State law requires that the district award one high school credit for every five quarter hour credit or three semester hour credit successfully earned through a college or university, except for community college high school completion programs where the district awards the diploma. Tenth and eleventh grade students  and their parents will be notified annually of the Running Start Program;
  1. Granting credit for work experience;
  1. Granting credit based upon competence testing, in lieu of enrollment;
  1. Granting credit for high school courses completed before a student attended high school, to the extent that the course work exceeded the requirements for seventh or eighth grade;
  1. Counseling of students to know what is expected of them in order to graduate and beyond high school;
  1. Preparing a list of all graduating students for the information of the board and release to the public;
  1. Preparing suitable diplomas and final transcripts for graduating seniors;
  1. Planning and executing graduation ceremonies; and
  1. Developing student learning plans for students who are not successful on one or more components of the statewide assessment.

In the event minimum test requirements are adopted by the board, a student who possesses a disability will satisfy those competency requirements which are incorporated into the Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Satisfactory completion of the objectives incorporated into the IEP will serve as the basis for determining completion of a course.

Seal of Biliteracy

The district will award the Washington Seal of Biliteracy to students who have attained a high level of proficiency in speaking, reading and writing in one or more world languages in addition to English. Students who meet the criteria as established in WAC 392-410-350 will be awarded the seal on their high school diploma and transcript. The superintendent will implement procedures to determine eligibility.

Awarding of a Diploma

A student will be issued a diploma after completing the district's requirements for graduation. In lieu of the certificate of academic achievement, special education students may earn a certificate of individual achievement. A student will also be advised that he/she may receive a final transcript.

Withholding of a Diploma

A student's diploma or transcript may be withheld until the student pays for any school property that has been lost or willfully damaged. Upon payment for damages, or the equivalency through voluntary work, the diploma or transcript will be released. When the damages or fines do not exceed $100, the student or his/her parents will have the right to an appeal using the same process as used for short-term suspension as defined in Policy 3241, Classroom Management, Discipline and Corrective Action When damages are in excess of $100, the appeal process for long term suspension as defined in Policy 3241, Classroom Management, Discipline and Corrective Action, will apply. The district may, in its discretion, implement site based recovery methods such as community service in these circumstances.

In the event that other forms of corrective actions are imposed for violations of school rules, the student may be denied participation in graduation ceremonies. Such exclusion will be regarded as a school suspension. In such instances, the diploma will be granted.

 

Cross References:

Board Policy 2418            Waiver of High School Graduation Credits

Board Policy 3412            Automated External Defibrillators

Board Policy 3520            Student Fees, Fines, or Charges

Board Policy 3241            Classroom Management, Discipline and Corrective Action

Board Policy 3110            Qualification of Attendance and Placement

Legal References:

RCW 28A.230.090           High school graduation requirements or equivalencies — Reevaluation of graduation requirements — Review and authorization of proposed changes — Credit for courses taken before attending high school — Postsecondary credit equivalencies

RCW 28A.230.097           Career and technical high school course equivalencies

RCW 28A.230.120           High school diplomas — Issuance — Option to receive final transcripts — Notice

RCW 28A.230.122           International baccalaureate diplomas

RCW 28A.600.300-400    Running start program - Definition

RCW 28A.635.060           Defacing or injuring school property — Liability of pupil, parent or guardian — Withholding grades, diploma, or transcripts — Suspension and restitution — Voluntary work program as alternative — Rights protected

Chapter 180-51                 WAC High school graduation requirements

WAC 392-121-182           Alternative learning experience requirements

Chapter 392-169               WAC Special service programs - Running start program

Chapter 392-348               WAC Secondary education

Chapter 392-410               WAC Courses of study and equivalencies

WAC 392-410-350           Seal of Biliteracy

WAC 392-415-070           Mandatory high school transcript contents-Items Timelines

                                          Laws of 2018, ch. 127, § 2 Civics Education

Management Resources:

2015 - October Policy Issue

2014 - December Issue

2013 - September Issue

2012 - April Issue

2011 - October Issue

2010 - June Issue

2009 - April Issue

2009 - February Issue

Policy News, August 2007 Graduation Requirements Modified by Legislature

Policy News, October 2004 Graduation Requirements: High School and Beyond Plans

Policy News, February 2004 High School Graduation Requirements

Policy News, December 2000 2004 High School Graduation Requirements Adopted

Policy News, April 1999 Variations Complicate College Credit Equivalencies

Adopted: July 16, 2002

Revised: 10/07/2003; 01/15/2008;

07/20/2010; 01/17/2012; 02/15/2012;

05/04/2012, 05/17/2016; 08/15/2017

Revised: November 20, 2018


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