WSR 04-23-004

PERMANENT RULES

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION


[ Filed November 4, 2004, 4:20 p.m. , effective December 5, 2004 ]


Purpose: At the time the state board adopted the high school and beyond plan and culminating graduation requirements (beginning with the graduating class of 2008), the board intended to require implementation of both via a written district policy. The written policy requirement was linked only to the culminating project. This amendment will provide the link to the high school and beyond plan.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Amending WAC 180-51-061.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.230.090.

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 04-18-100 on September 1, 2004.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's Own Initiative: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted Using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, Amended 1, Repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, Amended 0, Repealed 0.

Date Adopted: October 22, 2004.

November 3, 2004

Larry Davis

Executive Director

OTS-7532.2


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 04-04-092, filed 2/3/04, effective 3/5/04)

WAC 180-51-061   Minimum requirements for high school graduation.   (1) The statewide minimum subject areas and credits required for high school graduation, beginning July 1, 2004, for students who enter the ninth grade or begin the equivalent of a four-year high school program, shall be as listed below.

(2) State board of education approved private schools under RCW 28A.305.130(6) may, but are not required to, align their curriculums with the state learning goals under RCW 28A.150.210 or the essential academic learning requirements under RCW 28A.665.060.


Subject Area Essential Content Minimum State Credits1 Assessment Includes
English

Reading

Writing

Communications

(Student Learning Goal 1)

The Essential Academic Learning Requirements through benchmark three, plus content that is determined by the district to be beyond benchmark three level content 3 Secondary WASL((2))

(beginning 2008)

Mathematics

(Student Learning Goal 2)

The Essential Academic Learning Requirements through benchmark three, plus content that is determined by the district to be beyond benchmark three level content 2 Secondary WASL((2))

(beginning 2008)

Science

Physical

Life

Earth

(Student Learning Goal 2)

The Essential Academic Learning Requirements through benchmark three, plus content that is determined by the district to be beyond benchmark three level content

At least one credit in laboratory science, which shall be defined locally

2 ((The assessment of achieved competence in this subject area remains at the local level5)) Secondary WASL (beginning 2010)
Social Studies

Civics

History

Geography

(Student Learning Goal 2)

The Essential Academic Learning Requirements through benchmark three, plus content that is determined by the district to be beyond benchmark three level content

U.S. history and government, Washington state history and government, and including study of the U.S. and Washington state Constitutions((3)) 2

Contemporary world history, geography, and problems((4)) 3

2.5

The assessment of achieved competence in this subject area remains at the local level((5)) 4

Health and Fitness((6)) 5

(Student Learning Goal 2)

The Essential Academic Learning Requirements through benchmark three, plus content that is determined by the district to be beyond benchmark three level content 2 The assessment of achieved competence in this subject area remains at the local level((5)) 4
Arts

(Student Learning Goal 2)

The Essential Academic Learning Requirements through benchmark three, plus content that is determined by the district to be beyond benchmark three level content

May be satisfied in the visual or performing arts

1

The assessment of achieved competence in this subject area remains at the local level((5)) 4

Occupational Education "Occupational education" means credits resulting from a series of learning experiences designed to assist the student to acquire and demonstrate competency of skills under student learning goal four and which skills are required for success in current and emerging occupations. At a minimum, these competencies shall align with the definition of an exploratory course as proposed or adopted in the career and technical education program standards of the superintendent of public instruction. 1 The assessment of achieved competence in this subject area remains at the local level((5)) 4
Electives((7)) (6) See footnote #((7)) (6) 5.5 The assessment of achieved competence in this subject area remains at the local level((5)) 4
TOTAL 19
Culminating Project((8)) 7 See footnote #((8)) 7 The assessment of achieved competence in this subject area remains at the local level((5)) 4
High School and Beyond Plan((9)) 8 See footnote #((9)) 8 The assessment of achieved competence in this subject area remains at the local level((5)) 4
Certificate of Academic Achievement or Certificate of Individual Achievement Secondary WASL, Washington Alternate Assessment System (WAAS)

(See RCW 28A.655.061)


1 See WAC 180-51-050 for definition of high school credit.
2 ((See WAC 180-51-063 for effective date.
3)) The study of Washington state history and government is encouraged to include information on the culture, history, and government of the American Indian people who were the first inhabitants of the state. The study of the U.S. and Washington state Constitutions shall not be waived, but may be fulfilled through an alternative learning experience approved by the school principal pursuant to written district policy. Secondary school students who have completed and passed a state history and government course of study in another state may have the Washington state history and government requirement waived by their principal. For purposes of the Washington state history and government requirement only, the term "secondary school students" shall mean a student who is in one of the grades seven through twelve.
((4)) 3 Courses in economics, sociology, civics, political science, international relations, or related courses with emphasis on current problems may be accepted as equivalencies.
((5)) 4 Locally determined assessment means whatever assessment or assessments, if any, the district determines are necessary.
((6)) 5 The fitness portion of the requirement shall be met by course work in fitness education. The content of fitness courses shall be determined locally pursuant to WAC 180-51-025. Suggested fitness course outlines shall be developed by the office of the superintendent of public instruction. Students may be excused from the physical portion of the fitness requirement pursuant to RCW 28A.230.050. Such excused students shall be required to substitute equivalency credits in accordance with policies of boards of directors of districts, including demonstration of the knowledge portion of the fitness requirement. "Directed athletics" shall be interpreted to include community-based organized athletics.
((7)) 6 Study in a world language other than English or study in a world culture may satisfy any or all of the required electives.
((8)) 7 Each student shall complete a culminating project for graduation. The project consists of the student demonstrating both their learning competencies and preparations related to learning goals three and four. Each district shall define the process to implement this graduation requirement, including assessment criteria, in written district policy.
((9)) 8 Each student shall have an education plan for their high school experience, including what they expect to do the year following graduation.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.230.090. 04-04-092, 180-51-061, filed 2/3/04, effective 3/5/04; 01-13-114, 180-51-061, filed 6/20/01, effective 7/21/01; 00-23-032, 180-51-061, filed 11/8/00, effective 12/9/00.]

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