State Testing Graduation Requirements

Our state graduation requirements are designed to ensure students have a solid foundation of reading, writing, math and science skills, no matter the path they choose after high school.  To be eligible to graduate in Washington, high school students must:  pass specific state exams, earn all required state credits and those required by their local school district, and successfully complete a high school and beyond plan.

Beginning with the class of 2013, students must earn a Certificate of Academic Achievement or Certificate of Individual Achievement, the latter being for students in special education. To learn more about the CAA/CIA .

In addition to passing state exams, students can meet their assessment graduation requirements by passing state-approved alternatives, or Certificate of Academic Achievement Options. To learn more about CAA Options .

Students who transfer into a public school from out of state or an in-state non-public setting (home school or private school) in 11th or 12th grade can immediately access the CAA options. To learn more about student transfer options.

To learn more about the specific graduation requirements for your high school student’s graduating class, visit the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction website by clicking here: