ESHB 2224 - High School Graduation Requirements—Assessments Law
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ESHB 2224

Engrossed Substitute House Bill (ESHB) 2224 was signed into law by Governor Inslee on July 7, 2017. The passage of this bill altered existing statutory language to provide students who do not meet standard on statewide assessments with more pathways to high school graduation.

For a summary of each section of the bill, please see OSPI’s ESHB 2224 Bill Outline.

Key Impacts of ESHB 2224

The testing year for high school summative assessments is changed from 11th to 10th grade Reference: RCW 28A.305.130 section ###

The high school ELA and math tests will be administered to 10th grade students each spring (starting in 2018 with the class of 2020).

The science high school assessment graduation requirement has been postponed until the Class of 2021. Reference: RCW 28A.655.061 section ###

  • Passing the science assessment is not required for students in graduation classes prior to 2021.
  • However, all juniors are required to take the science test for federal accountability.

The High School & Beyond Plan has been enhanced. Reference: RCW 28A.230.090 section ###

The removal and addition of several assessment graduation alternatives:
Reference: RCW 28A.655.065 and 28A.655.061

Removed: Collections of Evidence (COE)
Reference: RCW 28A.655.065 section ###

COEs are no longer an option for meeting assessment graduation requirements.

Added: Dual Credit Courses
Reference: RCW 28A.655.061 section ###

A student who completes a dual credit course in ELA or math and earns college credit may use passage of the course as an objective alternative assessment. More information will be forthcoming about this pathway to meeting the graduation requirement.

Added: Locally Administered Assessments (starting in the 2018-19 school year)
Reference: RCW 28A.655.061 section ###

Locally Administered Assessments tied to Locally Determined Courses will become an available assessment graduation alternative in 2018–19. Districts will need to submit assessments for review and approval. OSPI is working on establishing criteria for a process (including the relationship of the locally administered assessments to the locally determined courses), and will be seeking input from national assessment experts and Washington educators. More information will be available later this fall.

Added: Expedited Assessment Appeals (EAAs)
Reference: RCW 28A.655.065 section ###

An Expedited Assessment Appeal (EAA) process is available for certain students in the classes of 2014–18 to waive requirements pertaining to CAA/CIA. To receive a waiver, a student must be eligible to submit an appeal, AND have demonstrated that he/she has attained the skills and knowledge to meet the high school standards and possesses the skills necessary to successfully achieve the college or career goals established in his or her high school and beyond plan.

  • District assessment coordinators and district assessment coordinator designees are the only personnel in the district authorized to submit Expedited Assessment Appeals to the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
  • Expedited assessment appeals are submitted to OSPI digitally via the Graduation Alternatives Application (in EDS).
  • EAA policy, eligibility requirements, approval criteria, and submission information is available on OSPI's Expedited Assessment Appeals Waiver webpage.


Newly Released!

10th Grade SBA Standards Documents

Mathematics ESHB 2224 Webinar


   Updated 3/22/2018

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