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Graduation Pathways

For the class of 2024, OSPI developed a one-page resource to support understanding of Washington State graduation requirements. To earn a high school diploma, students must meet the credit, Graduation Pathway, and High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) requirements that serve to demonstrate preparation for their plans after high school. This resource is available on the OSPI Graduation webpage. Graduation Pathways offer a broad array to meeting standard. OSPI Graduation Pathways help students and families navigate these changes. The State Board of Education provides additional materials.

Combination: Meet any combination of at least one ELA and one math option of those options listed below except for ASVAB or CTE. Students who meet either the ASVAB standard or the CTE pathway requirements has met the graduation pathway requirement for both ELA and math. 

State Assessment

To meet a graduation pathway option with Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA), the graduation score is 2548 for English Language Arts (ELA) and 2595 for math.

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

Many students meet a graduation pathway option requirement through the state Smarter Balanced Assessments. High school students are scheduled to take Smarter Balanced Assessments in grade 10 and the student’s postsecondary goals, as articulated in their HSBP, should guide the student’s choice of graduation pathway option (WAC 180-51-230). Requirements for academic interventions and supports were established by ESHB 2224 (Chapter 31, Laws of 2017). School districts must provide students who have not met standard before the beginning of eleventh grade with the opportunity to access interventions and academic supports, courses, or both, designed to the enable students to meet the high school graduation standard. The interventions, supports, or courses must be rigorous and consistent with the student's educational and career goals identified in his or her High School and Beyond Plan, and may include Career and Technical Education equivalencies in English Language Arts or mathematics. In addition, school districts must update the High School and Beyond Plan for each student who has not earned a level 3 or 4 score on the middle school mathematics assessment by the ninth grade. The purpose of this update is to ensure that the student takes a mathematics course in the ninth and tenth grades. These courses may include Career and Technical Education equivalencies in mathematics.

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 September 15, 2023. Please contact Karen Allen with comments.

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