Out of State Waiver and Graduation Alternatives Eligibility
Students who transfer into a public school in their 11th or 12th grade year have the opportunity to qualify for graduation without taking the Washington state graduation assessment as provided by WAC 392-501-510.
Do transfer students need to take a state high school exam to graduate?
Depending on the transfer student's situation, there are specific conditions to be eligible:
- A student who transfers from another state in the 11th or 12th grade may apply to receive a waiver of assessment graduation requirement if the student has previously passed another state's approved high school exam. The waiver does not grant the student a Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) or Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA).
- A student who transfers into a Washington public school in the 12th grade from out of state, out of country or from an in-state non-public school setting (private or home school) is eligible to access the Graduation Alternatives in all content areas without taking a state exam first.
- A student who transfers into a Washington public school in the 11th grade from out of state, out of country or from an in-state non-public school setting (private or home school) is eligible to access the Graduation Alternatives in science without taking a state exam first.
What does "eligibility" mean?
Eligibility means a student is able to use an approved Graduation Alternative to meet or waive an assessment graduation requirement. A student must be eligible in the content area for which they wish to submit a Graduation Alternative.
How do transfer students gain eligibility to the Graduation Alternatives?
A student's eligibility is calculated when a school or district searches for the student in the Graduation Alternatives application. Students must have eligibility in the graduation alternatives application before they will be permitted to submit a graduation alternative such as the Out-of-State (OOS) Waiver, COE, College Admissions test, etc.
What is the Out-of-State waiver?
The Out-of-State (OOS) waiver is a waiver of the assessment graduation requirement if the student has previously passed another state's approved high school exam. The waiver does not grant the student a Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) or Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA). A student who is approved for an Out-of-State waiver may continue to pursue a CAA or CIA through meeting Washington's assessment graduation requirements via the regular assessment or another graduation alternative.
Are there additional Out-of-State waivers for transfer students on an IEP?
Yes! Specific to transfer students who also receive special education services there are additional means for applying for an Out-of-State waiver:
- If enrolling in a WA school with another state's approved assessment (eligible for use in accountability or exit exam purposes) having met or exceeded that state's comparable performance level to Washington's CIA cut score;
- If enrolling in a WA school having met or exceeded the CIA cut score set by Washington on a common assessment, currently, the Smarter Balanced assessments in English language arts and math;
In either instance, a student will have the opportunity to submit the assessment score report and scores under the Expanded OOS waiver included in the OOS Waiver form in the Graduation Alternatives application.
Transfer students with significant cognitive challenges who met standard in another state's Alternate Assessment used for that state's federal accountability assessment, may also submit their scores and score report via the OOS Waiver form in the Graduation Alternatives application.
If you have a score report for an assessment that is not listed in the OOS Test List but you believe it meets the criteria for the Expanded OOS waiver or is an Alternate Assessment used in another state for their federal accountability assessment, please follow the OOS Assessment Review Process to determine if the assessment should be approved for use.
How do you apply for an Out-of-State waiver?
A school counselor or other staff member at the student's school will ensure that the student meets the requirements as outlined in WAC 392-501-510. The counselor or other staff member then collects the student's formal score report, or out-of-state transcript listing assessment scores, and enters the scores obtained along with the documentation into the Graduation Alternatives application in EDS.
Alternate forms of documentation permitted for submission include:
Do students who transfer from out of state with a testing record from their previous state still have to participate in the state accountability assessments?
Yes. The out of state transfer waiver is applicable only to satisfying the exit exam requirement for graduation.
(See eligibility reminder in blue box, top of page.)