Graduation Pathways

In 2019, (HB1599) created a set of pathway options for graduation that offers a broad array to meeting standard. OSPI Graduation Pathways Toolkits help students and families navigate these changes. Also, the State Board of Education (SBE) offers this handout. Here is a one-page Graduation Pathways summary, English, Spanish.

Beginning with the Class of 2020, students must meet the graduation standard with at least one of the pathway options in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics to graduate. The most common way that students meet a graduation pathway option requirement is through the state Smarter Balanced assessments, which students are scheduled to take in grade 10. Students in grades 11 and 12 may also take the assessments. 

Combination: Meet any combination of at least one ELA and one math option of those options listed below except for ASVAB or CTE, which do not need to meet English and math requirements separately. English and math content are embedded in both ASVAB or CTE pathways—and a student who meets either the ASVAB standard or the CTE pathway requirements has met the graduation pathway requirement. 

  • State Assessment
    • Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA): To meet this graduation pathway option, students need to earn at least the graduation score of 2548 for English Language Arts (ELA) and of 2595 for math.
    • WA-AIM (Washington Access to Instruction & Measurement): If determined to be appropriate by their Individualized Education Program (IEP) team, students with an IEP may meet this graduation pathway option; students need to earn at least the graduation score of 104 for English Language Arts (ELA) and of 103 for math. 

Requesting a High School Diploma from a Community College Upon Completion of a Two-Year Degree: The passage of HB 1714 allows any student between the ages of 16 and 21 who completes an Associate of Arts, Technical Arts, Applied Science or Science degree to obtain a high school diploma by written request to the College. Prior to the passage of HB 1714 only students who earned an Associate of Arts, Technical Arts, Applied Science or Science degree funded through Running Start were able to obtain a high school diploma by written request to the College. Students who are funded through Open Doors and complete an associate degree will now have the same opportunity to request a diploma as other students who complete associate degrees. Students who request their diploma from the community college may be recorded as graduates in the same manner as students who earn their diploma from a college through completion of an associate degree through Running Start.

This page last updated on January 22, 2021. Please contact Karen Allen with comments.