Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 00-07-017.
Title of Rule: WAC 180-51-063 Certificate of mastery -- High school graduation requirement -- Effective date.
Purpose: To revise language in subsection (g).
Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.230.090.
Summary: The change in subsection (g) indicates once a student earns the certification of mastery, it will be noted on the students transcript.
Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Larry Davis, State Board of Education, Olympia, (360) 753-6715.
Name of Proponent: State Board of Education, public.
Rule is not necessitated by federal law, federal or state court decision.
Explanation of Rule, its Purpose, and Anticipated Effects: This rule will establish an effective date for the implementation of the certification of mastery and indicate the notation of this completion on the student's transcript shall be required.
Proposal Changes the Following Existing Rules: See above.
No small business economic impact statement has been prepared under chapter 19.85 RCW. Not applicable.
RCW 34.05.328 does not apply to this rule adoption. Not applicable.
Hearing Location: Seattle Christian Schools, 18301 Military Road South, SeaTac, WA 98188, on June 8, 2000, at 8:30 a.m.
Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Laura Moore by May 25, 2000, TDD (360) 664-3631, or (360) 753-6715.
Submit Written Comments to: Rules Coordinator, State Board of Education, P.O. Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, fax (360) 586-2357, by May 25, 2000.
Date of Intended Adoption: June 8, 2000.
April 21, 2000
AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 00-04-047, filed 1/27/00, effective 2/27/00)
Certificate of mastery -- High school graduation requirement -- Effective date.
(1) Pursuant to RCW 28A.655.060 (3)(c):
(a) The certificate of mastery shall be a graduation requirement, but not the only requirement for graduation from high school; and
(b) The state board of education is responsible for determining when the secondary Washington assessment of student learning has been implemented and is sufficiently valid and reliable.
(2)(a) The state board of education establishes the 2007-08 school year as the first year in which graduating high school students shall be required to have attained the state certificate of mastery in order to graduate, in addition to other state and local graduation requirements.
(b) The state board of education fully recognizes that a higher standard of validity and reliability must be applied when the result of the assessment affects the ability of an individual student to receive a high school diploma. Therefore, the state board of education will continue to monitor the high school level Washington assessment of student learning. If the board finds that the assessment is lacking in this higher level of validity or reliability, or both, by the beginning of the 2004-05 school year, the state board may change the effective date of the certificate of mastery, for state graduation purposes, to a later school year.
(c) Beginning the 2007-08 school year, the certificate of mastery shall consist of the subject areas under the student learning goals for which a Washington assessment of student learning secondary assessment has been implemented and declared valid and reliable for graduation purposes. It is expected that the initial certificate of mastery will be comprised of reading, writing, communications, and mathematics.
(d) Beginning the 2009-10 school year, the certificate of mastery shall include science if a Washington assessment of student learning secondary assessment has been implemented and declared valid and reliable for this subject area.
(e) As determined by the state board of education, in consultation with the legislature and the academic achievement and accountability commission, successful completion of the Washington assessment of student learning secondary assessment in social studies may be required to achieve the certificate of mastery or may lead to an endorsement on the high school transcript.
(f) As determined by the state board of education, in consultation with the legislature and the academic achievement and accountability commission, successful completion of the Washington assessment of student learning secondary assessment in arts and health and fitness may lead to an endorsement on the high school transcript.
(g) Beginning with ((
graduating)) students in 2001 who take
the secondary Washington assessment of student learning and earn
the certificate of mastery and/or meet the standard, attainment
of the state certificate of mastery (( may)) and/or meeting the
standard shall be noted on the student's transcript pursuant to
(( written district policy)) WAC 180-57-070.
(3) Notwithstanding WAC 180-18-055 and 180-51-107, subsection (2) of this section shall not be waived.
(4) The certificate of mastery shall not be a graduation requirement for students who receive home-based instruction under RCW 28A.200.101(3) nor for students attending private schools under RCW 28A.195.010(6).
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.230.090. 00-04-047, § 180-51-063, filed 1/27/00, effective 2/27/00.]