WSR 04-18-109

PROPOSED RULES

STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION


[ Filed September 1, 2004, 9:35 a.m. ]

Original Notice.

Preproposal statement of inquiry was filed as WSR 04-09-061.

Title of Rule and Other Identifying Information: WAC 180-57-070 Mandatory high school transcript contents -- Items.

Hearing Location(s): Northwest Educational Service District 189, 1601 R Avenue, Anacortes, WA 98221, on October 20, 2004, at 8:30 a.m.

Date of Intended Adoption: October 22, 2004.

Submit Written Comments to: Larry Davis, Executive Director, P.O. Box 47206, Olympia, WA 98504-7206, e-mail ldavis@ospi.wednet.edu, fax (360) 586-2357, by October 6, 2004.

Assistance for Persons with Disabilities: Contact Laura Moore, Executive Assistant, by October 6, 2004, TTY (360) 664-3631 or (360) 725-6025.

Purpose of the Proposal and Its Anticipated Effects, Including Any Changes in Existing Rules: As a result of action by the 2004 legislature, beginning with the graduating class of 2006, students' scores on the WASL and the level of performance achieved must be noted on the state standardized high school transcript.

Reasons Supporting Proposal: See Purpose above.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28A.305.220.

Statute Being Implemented: RCW 28A.400.301.

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

Agency Comments or Recommendations, if any, as to Statutory Language, Implementation, Enforcement, and Fiscal Matters: See Purpose above.

Name of Proponent: State Board of Education, governmental.

Name of Agency Personnel Responsible for Drafting, Implementation and Enforcement: Larry Davis, State Board of Education, Olympia, Washington, (360) 725-6025.

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

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

August 31, 2004

Larry Davis

Executive Director

OTS-7534.1


AMENDATORY SECTION(Amending WSR 03-04-055, filed 1/29/03, effective 3/1/03)

WAC 180-57-070   Mandatory high school transcript contents -- Items -- Timelines.   (1)(a) The standardized high school transcript shall contain only the ((following)) information listed in subsection (2) of this section in order to meet the statutory requirements under RCW 28A.305.220 for a statewide standardized transcript.

(b) Any other information the district or school may desire to include may be stapled to the transcript or otherwise provided with the transcript. Information that is not listed below shall not be included on the state standardized transcript:

(((1))) (2)(a) Authorized transcript information effective now:

(i) The student's legal name (last name, first name, and middle name(s) or middle initial(s)), and other or former names used;

(((2))) (ii) The name(s) of parent(s) or guardian(s);

(((3))) (iii) The student's birthdate;

(((4))) (iv) The student's school district identification number (if applicable);

(((5))) (v) The school name, address, phone number, and name of the school district issuing the transcript;

(((6))) (vi) A list of previous schools attended where credit was attempted (school name, city, state, and month and year of entrance and exit);

(((7))) (vii) The student's academic history for all high school level courses attempted, including courses taken under RCW 28A.230.090(4) and including those courses where a student has withdrawn, and listed by major reporting period for the grade level (month and year), course code and description, marks/grades earned as defined in WAC 180-57-050 (a mark/grade of "W" will be used to indicate a withdrawal from a course), credits attempted and earned as defined in WAC 180-57-040, ((credits attempted as defined in WAC 180-57-040, and)), grade point average as defined in WAC 180-57-055, and a term and cumulative summary of the student's high school level academic history.

(viii) Credits attempted for courses taken more than once to improve a grade/mark may count only once toward the number of credits required for graduation((.)), except that credits attempted for courses taken more than once to improve a grade may count toward the number of credits required for graduation on the condition that the letter grades earned for all attempts are included in the calculation of the student's grade point average. Districts and schools shall not convert letter grades to nonnumerical grades/marks for the purpose of this subsection. ((The transcript shall include a term and cumulative summary of the student's high school level academic history;

(8) The transcript shall include notation that the high school + education plan requirement was completed (noting month and year) or not completed by the student;

(9) The transcript shall include notation that the culminating project requirement was completed (noting month and year) or not completed by the student;

(10))) (b) Authorized and required additional transcript information effective beginning with the graduating class of 2006:

(i) The following courses, for which college credit can be earned, shall be designated on the transcript with the designation coding indicated. Courses completed and credits earned through running start shall be noted with an "R((S))" designation. Courses completed and credits earned through advanced placement shall be noted with an "A((P))" designation. Courses completed and credits earned through college in the high school shall be noted with a "C((HS))" designation. Courses completed and credits earned through an international baccalaureate program shall be noted with an "I((B))" designation. Courses completed which earn college credit through tech((-))prep and/or the corresponding credits or certification earned shall be noted with a "T((P))" designation. Courses that meet or satisfy higher education coordinating board core course requirements shall be noted with a "((HC))B" designation. Courses completed and credits earned through an honors option shall be noted with an "H" designation;

(((11)(a) At such time as the state board of education determines that the high school Washington assessments of student learning are sufficiently reliable and valid and that retake opportunities are available, the transcript shall then include notation that the student has met or exceeded (noting the month and year) or not met the standard on each of the required secondary Washington assessments of student learning and/or earned (noting the month and year) or not earned the state certificate of mastery, or that the particular Washington assessment of student learning was waived or not taken;

(b) For purposes of this subsection, "exceeded" shall mean the performance standard on each of the required high school Washington assessments of student learning as determined by the superintendent of public instruction;)) (ii)(A) Notation of the student's actual highest scale score and level achieved for each content area on the Washington assessment of student learning (noting month and year); or

(B) Notation of the student's actual highest earned performance rating on the Washington alternate assessment system (WAAS) that has been taken by a student eligible to take the WAAS (nothing month and year); or

(C) A combination of (b)(ii)(A) and (B) of this subsection.

(c) Authorized and required additional transcript information effective beginning with the graduating class of 2008:

(i) Notation that the high school and beyond plan graduation requirement was completed (noting month and year) or not completed by the student;

(ii) Notation that the culminating project graduation requirement was completed (noting month and year) or not completed by the student; and

(iii) Notation that the certificate of academic achievement graduation requirement was completed in one of the following ways:

(A) Based on the student's scores for each content area of the Washington assessment of student learning (noting month and year). This notation shall be accompanied by a "scholar's designation" for those students who, on their first attempt, pass each content area on the Washington assessment of student learning at level four.

(B) Based in whole or in part on the student's results on an alternative assessment approved by the legislature under section 101(7), chapter 19, Laws of 2004, including the student's actual highest earned performance rating on the alternate assessment (noting month and year);

(C) The student earned a certificate of individual achievement based on the student's results on an assessment of the objectives in the student's individual education plan using the Washington alternate assessment system (WAAS) (noting month and year).

(iv) Notation that the student did not complete the certificate of academic achievement graduation requirement because the applicable assessments were waived or not taken. At a minimum, the term "not taken" may mean the student's parents or guardians did not permit the student to take the Washington assessment of student learning. Other reasons why a student may have not taken the Washington assessment of student learning shall be listed on the state board of education website. Once the list is posted it may not be modified without prior approval of the state board of education.

(((12))) (3) Each issuance of the transcript shall include a report date, version number, end of record, graduation date (noting month and year, if applicable), and page number ('x' of 'y')((; and)).

(((13))) (4) The signature of the authorized school official (name, title, and date) and seal of the district, if available. The signature of the authorized school official may be affixed electronically, subject to a written district policy that addresses signature security and assures that the authorized school official acknowledges, in writing, that affixing their signature electronically to the transcript is a legal and binding action.

(((14) Subsections (8) and (9) of this section shall take effect for students who begin ninth grade in fall 2004.)) (5) For the purposes of this section, the following definition shall apply. "Graduation class" shall mean the cohort of students who begin the ninth grade the same school year and would graduate four years later. A student's class for purposes of graduation is determined by the school year when the student enters ninth grade regardless of the actual number of years the student takes to graduate from high school. The numerical value of "graduation class" shall be associated with June in the school year which is four years after the student first enters ninth grade.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.305.220. 03-04-055, 180-57-070, filed 1/29/03, effective 3/1/03; 01-09-013, 180-57-070, filed 4/6/01, effective 5/7/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.04.155. 00-19-107, 180-57-070, filed 9/20/00, effective 10/21/00; 85-01-017 (Order 18-84), 180-57-070, filed 12/10/84.]

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