The Washington State Board of Education has drafted a set of proposed high school graduation pathways that would go into effect this year. The Board will hold a public hearing in Olympia on October 24th at which interested parties can voice an opinion. If you cannot attend the meeting Olympia, you may submit your comments to the Board at rulescoordinatorSBE@k12.wa.us. Comments will be accepted until October 28th.
The proposed pathways can be found here: http://sbe.wa.gov/our-work/graduation-requirements/graduation-pathways
Below is a summary of the proposed pathways from the Seattle Times article on the topic:
Starting with the class of 2020, students would be required to meet a set of credit requirements and complete at least one of the following:
- Pass the federal Smarter Balanced math and English tests.
- Earn high-school math and English credits by enrolling in “dual-credit” courses.
- Pass certain Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Cambridge International exams, or pass certain “transition” courses that allow students to enroll in college-level coursework.
- Reach minimum scores set by the state on the SAT or ACT.
- Earn a minimum score on a military-aptitude test.
- Take two career technical-education (CTE) courses.
For more information on the public hearing and the rule making process, please click here: http://www.sbe.wa.gov/our-work/rulemaking