Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.
Purpose: Amending WAC 180-51-053 Community college high school diploma programs, due to amendments to RCW 28B.50.535 as set forth by SHB 1758 from the 2009 legislative session. Prior to SHB 1758 community and technical colleges could issue a high school diploma to students if they met the state board of education's graduation requirements. SHB 1758 created two more options for community and technical colleges to issue a high school diploma. The rule was amended to provide for these options as set forth in RCW 28B.50.535 (2) and (3).
Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 180-51-053.
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.230.090.
Adopted under notice filed as WSR 10-04-115 on February 3, 2010.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.
Date Adopted: March 18, 2010.
Edith W. Harding
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 04-20-093, filed 10/5/04, effective 11/5/04)
WAC 180-51-053 Community college high school diploma programs. (1)(a) Minimum requirements for high school diploma. The minimum requirements and procedures for the issuance of a high school diploma by or through a community or technical college district shall be as prescribed by the state board of education in this section and chapters 180-51 and 180-56 WAC or as set forth in RCW 28B.50.535 (2) or (3).
(b) Any high school graduation diploma issued by or through a community or technical college district shall certify that the diploma is issued in compliance with high school graduation requirements established by the state board of education and procedures established by the superintendent of public instruction or as set forth in RCW 28B.50.535 (2) or (3).
(2) Provisions governing program for persons eighteen years of age and over.
(a) The appropriate school district, community college, or technical college education official shall evaluate the previous educational records of the student and may provide evaluative testing to determine the student's educational level. The official shall recommend an appropriate course or courses of study and upon the successful completion of such study the student will be eligible for the high school diploma.
(b) Satisfaction of minimum course requirements may be met by one or more of the following methods with the applicable institution granting credit verifying completion of course requirements.
(i) Actual completion of courses regularly conducted in high school;
(ii) Technical college;
(iii) Community college;
(iv) Approved correspondence or extension courses;
(v) Supervised independent study; or
(vi) Testing in specific subject areas.
(c) The appropriate education official shall exercise reasonable judgment in appraising the educational experience of the student either in or out of a formal school program to determine the degree to which the student has satisfied the minimum credit requirements for completion of the high school program. Consideration may be given to work experience, vocational training, civic responsibilities discharged by the adult and other evidences of educational attainment.
(d) A high school diploma shall be granted to each individual who satisfactorily meets the requirements for high school completion. The diploma shall be issued by the appropriate school district, community college, or technical college: Records of diplomas issued under the provisions of this subsection shall be maintained by the issuing agency.
(3) Provisions governing program for persons under eighteen years of age.
(a) The high school principal shall evaluate the previous educational record of the individual and prior to his or her enrollment in courses and in cooperation with the appropriate education official of a community college or technical college shall approve the program of studies leading to the high school diploma.
(b) The student must be assigned a program supervisor.
[Statutory Authority: Chapter 28A.230 RCW and RCW 28B.50.915. 04-20-093, § 180-51-053, filed 10/5/04, effective 11/5/04.]