All public high school students are required to meet statewide graduation requirements in order to earn a diploma. The goal is that more students will be better prepared to meet 21st-century demands in their working and personal lives.
Snoqualmie Valley School District's Graduation requirements:
|Credit Requirements||22||Pass State Tests or Approved Alternatives to those Tests||Students in the classes of 2009-12 can
- Earn a diploma by meeting the state's reading and writing standards, AND
- Earn two credits of math after 10th grade
|High School and Beyond Plan||Students must have a Five Year Education Plan (high school plus year following graduation) - Mount Si will be using an electronic Portfolio (eFolio) system for this requirement. Students will begin working on their plan during their sophomore year and update the following school year.|
|Culminating Project||Mount Si students will use the eFolio to display their competency in a wide variety of academic disciplines through development of artifacts which demonstrate understanding of subject matter and concepts.|
Beginning with the class of 2013, students will be required to earn one of the certificates by meeting state learning standards in reading, writing, math and science.
Both the CAA and the CIA lead to a diploma. Only a student’s transcript indicates which certificate the student earned.
Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA)
Option 1 - Earn your CAA by passing the WASL/HSPE: Students have five chances to pass the WASL/HSPE in high school. Testing windows are in March/April and August. Additional retake opportunities will be available in high school completion programs in community colleges.
Option 2 - Earn your CAA through alternative assessment: Most students will earn a high school diploma with a CAA by passing the High School WASL/HSPE in reading, writing and math. But some equally skilled students will need a different way to show what they know. The state has created a menu of options students may access after they take the High School WASL/HSPE at least once and meet any requirements spelled out in their Student Learning Plan.
All of the CAA Options are designed and required to be at least as rigorous as the High School WASL/HSPE. The CAA Options should not be viewed as an alternative for students who have not yet acquired the reading, writing, or mathematics knowledge and skills that are required by the state.
The CAA Options:
- Submitting a “collection of evidence” consisting of student work showing they meet grade-level academic standards.
- AP/College Admission test scores: A student earns scores at or above a state-designated level on the SAT, ACT and Advanced Placement exams.
- An HSPE/Grades Comparision: Comparing a student’s grades in specified math or English/language arts classes with the grades for students who passed the test. (This option is only available to students in 12th-grade with an overall cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 grading scale.)
Additional information on these alternative methods is available by clicking here.
Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA)
The CIA is available for students with an Individualized Education Program (IEP) who are unable to take the High School WASL/HSPE (with or without accommodations). As 10th graders, students in special education programs only earn a CIA by passing the WASL/HSPE-Modified (the High School WASL/HSPE with the passing score adjusted to Level 2) or Washington Alternate Assessment System Portfolio. In grades 11 and 12, students who have not yet earned a CIA may also use the Developmentally Appropriate Proficiency Exam (DAPE, formerly DAW), which allows students to take the HSPE at a grade level that best matches their abilities. To pass the DAW, students must earn Proficient (Level 3) on each test taken. Any testing accommodations used must be consistent with the student’s IEP. Students with 504 Plans are not eligible to earn a CIA.
Students receiving special education services must pass state-approved special education reading, writing and math alternate assessments. Download the handout “How Students in Special Education Participate in State Testing.”
Transfer Students and Special Cases
Guidelines have been established for students who have special unavoidable circumstances (e.g., an extended illness, death of immediate family member, etc) or who transfer to a Washington public school during their junior or senior year. For transfer students, the process considers whether students have passed a high school assessment in their former state. In addition, these transfer students may access the CAA Options without first taking the WASLHSPE.
The appeal process ONLY applies to the state’s testing requirement for graduation. Students with special circumstances and those who move into the state during their junior or senior year need to ask their local school district how they can fulfill the other statewide graduation requirements. Learn more about appeals.
For more information visit the Washington State's Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction's Guide to Graduation or call the Curriculum Office, 425-831-8018.
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