Raymond Junior/Senior High
Washington State Graduation Requirements
The graduation rate at Raymond High School is something we place a great importance upon. There are many requirements that need to be satisfied in order to graduate from high school. The Raymond School District requires a minimum amount of credits; senior projects, community service and all public high school students are required to meet statewide graduation requirements in order to earn a diploma. There is a minefield of acronyms representing requirements all of our kids must navigate in order to graduate: EOC, COE, CAA, CIA, HSPE, SAT, and ACT, as well as many others. Tests are given in Math, Writing, Reading and, beginning with the Class of 2015, passing the biology EOC, or a state-approved alternative, is also required to be eligible for graduation. Most Washington State public high school students will fulfill the assessment portion of the graduation requirements by passing state end of course exams (EOC). If students don’t pass on their first attempt, there are retake opportunities, but the bottom line is: Without satisfying these requirements, a student will not graduate. In addition to passing state exams, students can meet their assessment graduation requirements by passing state-approved alternatives, or Certificate of Academic Achievement Options.
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. State law dictates the assessment graduation requirement.
Some students, however, may need to demonstrate their skills in a different way.
The Collection of Evidence (COE) is an evaluation of a set of work samples prepared by the student in a classroom environment with instructional support from a teacher. Students must meet eligibility criteria and must attempt an exit exam at least once before attempting this CAA option.
Students may use their math, reading and/or writing scores on the SAT reasoning test, ACT or Smarter Balanced assessments (starting in 2015) to show they have key skills expected of high school graduates. They may also use scores from specified AP or IB exams to meet the science graduation assessment requirement, which starts with the Class of 2015. Students must attempt an exit exam at least once before attempting this CAA option.
In 2014-2015, students receiving special education services will have multiple assessment options in mathematics, English language arts, and science towards earning a Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA), but a student’s IEP team will make the determination as to which assessment is appropriate for the student.
As you can see, it’s a twisty path to high school graduation. It’s more important than ever for our students to work hard, make every minute in class count, embrace rigor, and graduate.
If you have questions, please contact Dave Vetter, 942-3415, option 2 or