**PROPOSED RULES**

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 10-12-084.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 180-51-066 Minimum requirements for high school graduation -- Student entering the ninth grade on or after July 1, 2009, amending subsection (1)(b) regarding the three credits of high school mathematics required for high school graduation.

Hearing Location(s): Puget Sound Educational Service District, 800 Oakesdale Avenue S.W., Renton, WA 98057, (425) 917-7600, http://www.psesd.org, on September 15, 2010, at 4:00 p.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: September 16, 2010.

Submit Written Comments to: Brad Burnham, Washington State Board of Education, P.O. Box 47206, 600 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, e-mail brad.burnham@k12.wa.us, fax (360) 586-2357, by September 13, 2010.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Brad Burnham by September 10, 2010, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6025.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: **(1) Provisions for
taking classes simultaneously.** The current version of this
rule provides that mathematics courses must be taken

in a progressive sequence. The proposed amendments to this rule would allow a student who has failed all or part of certain courses to enroll in the next course in the sequence while retaking the failed course.

**(2) What constitutes an appropriate sequence.** Amendments
are proposed that would explicitly provide the sequence in
which courses must be taken. This is intended to clarify that
the intent of the rule is not to allow a student to combine
algebra/geometry courses and integrated mathematic courses for
credit when taken in a sequence that is not progressive (e.g.,
the amendments would preclude the taking of algebra 1 and
integrated mathematics I, or geometry and integrated
mathematics II to satisfy the high school graduation
requirements).

**(3) Provisions for placing out of required courses.**
Amendments are proposed to the rule providing for the sequence
of mathematics courses that must be taken by a student that is
allowed to place out of lower level courses, by satisfactorily
establishing competency through a procedure set forth in a
written policy of the school district.

**(4) Nomenclature changes.** Minor nomenclature changes are
proposed that will more accurately reflect common usage in the
field, (i.e., changing algebra I to algebra 1; algebra II to
algebra 2). In addition, the words "high school-level" have
been inserted in section (b)(ii) to reinforce the expectation
that a third credit of mathematics other than algebra 2 or
integrated mathematics III will be high school level
mathematics.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.305.215(8), 28A.230.090.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 28A.305.215(8).

Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.

Name of Proponent: Washington state board of education, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting: Brad Burnham, 600 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, (360) 725-6029; Implementation and Enforcement: Edie Harding, 600 Washington Street, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, (360) 725-6025.

No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Not required.

A cost-benefit analysis is not required under RCW 34.05.328. Not required.

July 21, 2010

Edith W. Harding

Executive Director

**OTS-3488.2**

__AMENDATORY SECTION__(Amending WSR 09-16-028, filed 7/27/09,
effective 8/27/09)**WAC 180-51-066
Minimum requirements for high school
graduation -- Students entering the ninth grade on or after July
1, 2009.
**(1) The statewide minimum subject areas and credits
required for high school graduation, beginning July 1, 2009,
for students who enter the ninth grade or begin the equivalent
of a four-year high school program, shall total ((~~20~~)) __twenty__
as listed below.

(a) Three **English** credits (reading, writing, and
communications) that at minimum align with grade level
expectations for ninth and tenth grade, plus content that is
determined by the district. Assessment shall include the
tenth grade Washington assessment of student learning
beginning 2008.

(b) Three **mathematics** credits that align with the high
school mathematics standards as developed and revised by the
office of superintendent of public instruction and satisfy the
requirements set forth below:

(i) Unless otherwise provided for in (b)((~~(iii) or~~)) (iv)
__through (vii)__ of this subsection, the three mathematics
credits required under this section must include ((~~mathematics
courses taken in the following progressive sequence~~)):

(A) Algebra ((~~I, geometry, and algebra II~~)) __1 or
integrated mathematics I__; ((~~or~~))

(B) ((~~Integrated mathematics I,~~)) __Geometry or__ integrated
mathematics II((~~, and integrated mathematics III~~)); ((~~or~~)) __and__

(C) ((~~Any combination of three mathematics courses set
forth in (b)(i)(A) and (B) of this subsection.~~)) __Algebra 2 or
integrated mathematics III.__

(ii) A student may elect to pursue a third credit of __high
school-level__ mathematics, other than algebra ((~~II~~)) __2__ or
integrated mathematics III if all of the following
requirements are met:

(A) ((~~The student has completed, for credit, mathematics
courses in:~~

~~ (I) Algebra I and geometry; or~~

~~ (II) Integrated mathematics I and integrated mathematics
II; or~~

~~ (III) Any combination of two mathematics courses set
forth in (b)(ii)(A)(I) and (II) of this subsection;~~

~~ (B)~~)) The student's elective choice is based on a career
oriented program of study identified in the student's high
school and beyond plan that is currently being pursued by the
student;

((~~(C)~~)) __(B)__ The student's parent(s)/guardian(s) (or
designee for the student if a parent or guardian is
unavailable) agree that the third credit of mathematics
elected is a more appropriate course selection than algebra
((~~II~~)) __2__ or integrated mathematics III because it will better
serve the student's education and career goals;

((~~(D)~~)) __(C)__ A meeting is held with the student, the
parent(s)/guardian(s) (or designee for the student if a parent
or guardian is unavailable), and a high school representative
for the purpose of discussing the student's high school and
beyond plan and advising the student of the requirements for
credit bearing two and four year college level mathematics
courses; and

((~~(E)~~)) __(D)__ The school has the parent(s)/guardian(s) (or
designee for the student if a parent or guardian is
unavailable) sign a form acknowledging that the meeting with a
high school representative has occurred, the information as
required was discussed((~~;~~))__,__ and the parent(s)/guardian(s) (or
designee for the student if a parent or guardian is
unavailable) agree that the third credit of mathematics
elected is a more appropriate course selection given the
student's education and career goals.

(iii) __Courses in (b)(i) and (ii) of this subsection may
be taken currently in the following combinations:__

__ (A) Algebra 1 or integrated mathematics I may be taken
concurrently with geometry or integrated mathematics II.__

__ (B) Geometry or integrated mathematics II may be taken
concurrently with algebra 2 or integrated mathematics III or a
third credit of mathematics to the extent authorized in
(b)(ii) of this subsection.__

__ (iv)__ Equivalent career and technical education (CTE)
mathematics courses meeting the requirements set forth in RCW 28A.230.097 can be taken for credit instead of any of the
mathematics courses set forth in (b)(i)((~~(A) or (B) or
(ii)(A)(I) or (II)~~)) of this subsection if the CTE mathematics
courses are recorded on the student's transcript using the
equivalent academic high school department designation and
course title.

((~~(iv)~~)) __(v)__ A student who prior to ninth grade
successfully completed algebra ((~~I~~)) __1__ or integrated
mathematics I((~~,~~))__; and/or__ geometry or integrated mathematics
II, ((~~or any combination of courses taken in a progressive
sequence as provided in (b)(i)(C) of this subsection,~~)) but
does not request high school credit for such course(s) as
provided in RCW 28A.230.090, may either:

(A) Repeat the course(s) for credit in high school; or

(B) Complete three credits of mathematics as follows:

(I) A student who has successfully completed algebra
((~~I~~)) __1__ or integrated mathematics I shall:

• Earn the first high school credit in geometry or integrated mathematics II;

• Earn ((~~a~~)) __the__ second high school credit in algebra
((~~II~~)) __2__ or integrated mathematics III; and

• Earn ((~~a~~)) __the__ third high school credit in a math
course that is consistent with the student's education and
career goals.

(II) A student who has successfully completed algebra
((~~I~~)) __1__ or integrated mathematics I, and geometry or
integrated mathematics II, shall:

• Earn the first high school credit in algebra ((~~II~~)) __2__
or integrated mathematics III; and

• Earn the second and third credits in mathematics courses that are consistent with the educational and career goals of the student.

__(vi) A student who satisfactorily demonstrates competency
in algebra 1 or integrated mathematics I pursuant to a written
district policy, but does not receive credit under the
provisions of WAC 180-51-050, shall complete three credits of
high school mathematics in the following sequence:__

__ • Earn the first high school credit in geometry or
integrated mathematics II;__

__ • Earn the second high school credit in algebra 2 or
integrated mathematics III; and__

__ • Earn the third credit in a mathematics course that is
consistent with the student's education and career goals.__

__ (vii) A student who satisfactorily demonstrates
competency in algebra 1 or integrated mathematics I and
geometry or integrated mathematics II pursuant to a written
district policy, but does not receive credit for the courses
under the provisions of WAC 180-51-050, shall complete three
credits of high school mathematics in the following sequence:__

__ • Earn the first high school credit in algebra 2 or
integrated mathematics III;__

__ • Earn the second and third high school credits in
courses that are consistent with the educational and career
goals of the student.__

(c) Two **science** credits (physical, life, and earth) that
at minimum align with grade level expectations for ninth and
tenth grade, plus content that is determined by the district.
At least one credit in laboratory science is required which
shall be defined locally. Assessment shall include the tenth
grade Washington assessment of student learning beginning
2010.

(d) Two and one-half **social studies** credits that at
minimum align with the state's essential academic learning
requirements in civics, economics, geography, history, and
social studies skills at grade ten and/or above plus content
that is determined by the district. The assessment of
achieved competence in this subject area is to be determined
by the local district although state law requires districts to
have "assessments or other strategies" in social studies at
the high school level by 2008-09. In addition, districts
shall require students to complete a classroom-based
assessment in civics in the eleventh or twelfth grade also by
2008-09. The state superintendent's office has developed
classroom-based assessment models for districts to use (RCW 28A.230.095). The social studies requirement shall consist of
the following mandatory courses or equivalencies:

(i) One credit shall be required in United States history and government which shall include study of the Constitution of the United States. No other course content may be substituted as an equivalency for this requirement.

(ii) Under the provisions of RCW 28A.230.170 and 28A.230.090, one-half credit shall be required in Washington state history and government which shall include study of the Constitution of the state of Washington and is encouraged to include information on the culture, history, and government of the American Indian people who were the first inhabitants of the state.

(A) For purposes of the Washington state history and government requirement only, the term "secondary student" shall mean a student who is in one of the grades seven through twelve. If a district offers this course in the seventh or eighth grade, it can still count towards the state history and government graduation requirement. However, the course should only count as a high school credit if the academic level of the course exceeds the requirements for seventh and eighth grade classes and the course would qualify for high school credit, because the course is similar or equivalent to a course offered at a high school in the district as determined by the school district board of directors (RCW 28A.230.090(4)).

(B) The study of the United States and Washington state Constitutions shall not be waived, but may be fulfilled through an alternative learning experience approved by the local school principal under written district policy.

(C) 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. The study of the United States and Washington state Constitutions required under RCW 28A.230.170 shall not be waived, but may be fulfilled through an alternative learning experience approved by the school principal under a written district policy.

(D) After completion of the tenth grade and prior to commencement of the eleventh grade, eleventh and twelfth grade students who transfer from another state, and who have or will have earned two credits in social studies at graduation, may have the Washington state history requirement waived by their principal if without such a waiver they will not be able to graduate with their class.

(iii) One credit shall be required in contemporary world history, geography, and problems. Courses in economics, sociology, civics, political science, international relations, or related courses with emphasis on current problems may be accepted as equivalencies.

(e) Two **health and fitness** credits that at minimum align
with current essential academic learning requirements at grade
ten and/or above plus content that is determined by the local
school district. The assessment of achieved competence in
this subject area is to be determined by the local district
although state law requires districts to have "assessments or
other strategies" in health and fitness at the high school
level by 2008-09. The state superintendent's office has
developed classroom-based assessment models for districts to
use (RCW 28A.230.095).

(i) The fitness portion of the requirement shall be met by course work in fitness education. The content of fitness courses shall be determined locally under 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 under 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.

(ii) "Directed athletics" shall be interpreted to include community-based organized athletics.

(f) One **arts** credit that at minimum is aligned with
current essential academic learning requirements at grade ten
and/or above plus content that is determined by the local
school district. The assessment of achieved competence in
this subject area is to be determined by the local district
although state law requires districts to have "assessments or
other strategies" in arts at the high school level by 2008-09.
The state superintendent's office has developed
classroom-based assessment models for districts to use (RCW 28A.230.095). The essential content in this subject area may
be satisfied in the visual or performing arts.

(g) One credit in **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 office of the superintendent of public
instruction. The assessment of achieved competence in this
subject area is determined at the local district level.

(h) Five and one-half electives: Study in a world language other than English or study in a world culture may satisfy any or all of the required electives. The assessment of achieved competence in these subject areas is determined at the local district level.

(i) Each student shall complete a culminating project for graduation. The project shall consist 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.

(j) Each student shall have a high school and beyond plan for their high school experience, including what they expect to do the year following graduation.

(k) Each student shall attain a certificate of academic achievement or certificate of individual achievement. The tenth grade Washington assessment of student learning and Washington alternate assessment system shall determine attainment.

(2) State board of education approved private schools under RCW 28A.305.130(5) 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.655.070.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.215(8), 28A.230.090. 09-16-028, § 180-51-066, filed 7/27/09, effective 8/27/09; 08-18-013, § 180-51-066, filed 8/22/08, effective 9/22/08.]