Category Archives: Graduation Requirements

24-Credit Graduation Requirements Implementation Workshops

New webinar option: April 19, 2016 at 2:00 pm. Final workshop: Monday, April 18 in Vancouver (1:00 pm – 3:30 pm) Join the Washington State Board of Education for a free workshop for educators about implementing Washington’s 24-credit graduation requirement. We’ve partnered … Continue reading

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Exit exams for high school graduation

Dear stakeholders: At its meeting last week, the State Board of Education adopted a position statement on the subject of requiring exit exams for high school graduation. The statement and the supporting materials have been posted to the SBE website. … Continue reading

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SBE Chair Signals Support for More Flexible Approach to New Instructional Hour Requirements

Yesterday, Chairwoman Dr. Kristina Mayer sent the below letter to Senate lawmakers signaling support for providing school districts more flexibility in meeting the new instructional hour requirements scheduled to take effect in the 2014-15 school year.   The letter was in … Continue reading

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First Reactions to the McCleary Order

I had a chance to read the McCleary ruling in full last week.  It has some direct implications for the State Board of Education’s work.  Beyond that, it has a distinctly different urgency, tone, and level of detail than prior … Continue reading

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Following Through on the Promise of ESHB 2261: Funding A Meaningful High School Diploma

From the beginning, ESHB 2261 — the landmark legislation passed in 2009 that redefined basic education — was about more than just funding basic education. It was also about strengthening the program of basic education itself. The Supreme Court’s subsequent … Continue reading

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