Getting to Graduation
How do I get back in school?
What are some dropout warning signs?
+ What is required for graduation?
The Graduation in Washington toolkit is a resource to help educators and families understand state graduation requirements.
OSPI has a web page devoted to the primary graduation requirements. These include:
Earn high school credit
Pass state tests or approved alternatives to those tests
The state tests, called The Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) and Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA), tell families, schools, businesses and colleges that an individual student has mastered a minimum set of reading, writing and math skills by graduation. There are alternatives to these programs. Read more about these tests and their alternatives.
Complete a Culminating Project
To complete the project, students may be asked to write a research paper, work with a mentor in school or in the community, present to a community or peer panel, pull together a portfolio of work and/or develop a multimedia presentation.
Contact your high school for information about the Culminating Project.
Complete a High School and Beyond Plan
The High School and Beyond Plan gets all students thinking about their future and how to get the most out of high school.
Each school district determines the guidelines for the High School and Beyond Plan. Please contact your local school district to obtain a copy of the guidelines that have been established for your district.
+ Other Available Programs & Services for at-risk Youth
Grays Harbor County
REACH (Resource for Education and Career Help) Center, Tacoma
+ Is a GED an option for me?
General Educational Development (GED) is a group of five subject tests which, when passed, certify that the taker high school-level academic skills. A GED is considered an alternative for many employers and colleges that require a high school diploma.
Some area programs have a path called GEDplus. A GEDplus program works to provide an immediate connection to the next step, such as community college, pre-apprenticeship, certificate programs, vocational training, and more.
More information on the GED can be found at the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges website.
+ Glossary of terms
1418 – See ESSHB 1418
Absence – The state currently defines an absence as missing more than half of the school day. See also Becca Bill, truancy.
Becca Bill - Washington State’s truancy law, known as the Becca Bill, requires the school/district and the juvenile court to take specific actions when youth are truant.
Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) – One of the tests required for high school graduation. See Graduation Requirements
Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) - One of the tests required for high school graduation. See Graduation Requirements
Culminating Project – One of the state requirements for high school graduation. See Graduation Requirements
DEWIS, DEWI, DEWIR – Various acronyms used to address school Dropout Early Warning, Intervention and Reengagement.
Dual Credit Program - Dual Credit programs can award credit toward high school graduation, as well as credit with the participating college.
ESSHB 1418 - Engrossed Second Substitute House Bill 1418. This bill, also known as the Student Retrieval Act, encourages school districts to provide education and services to older youth, ages 16-18 who have dropped out of school or are not expected to graduate from high school by the age of 21. The law is listed as RCW 28A.175.100
GED – General Educational Development (GED) is a group of five subject tests which, when passed, certify that the taker high school-level academic skills. A GED is considered an alternative for employers and colleges that require a high school diploma.
Reengagement Program – a program designed to help students who wish to re-enter school and complete their graduation requirements.
State Tests - A simple term for the Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) and the Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA) tests. These are the standardized tests required for graduation. There are alternatives to these tests, read more about them here. See Graduation Requirements http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/default.aspx
Student Retrieval Act– See ESSHB 1418
Truancy – absence from school without permission. The rules defining excused absence vary from district to district. See also Becca Bill, Absence.
For more Youth information and resources
Old Capitol Building, PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA 98504-7200 (360) 725-6000 TTY (360) 664-3631
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