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State Testing Graduation Requirements

WA Comprehensive Assessment Program

State Testing Graduation Requirements - Update
With the passage of House Bill (HB) 1599 we are expecting to see some changes made to the state testing graduation requirements.

However, we do want to emphasize that, contrary to what you may have heard, this change in the law does not disconnect state testing from graduation requirements.

All of the details are not yet known.  State officials will need time to review and digest the changes and provide us with a detailed plan.

In the meantime, the district is making no changes to spring testing requirements.  High School students should still plan to participate in state testing as they would have before the change in the law.

If you wish to review the information the state has provided regarding this change in the law, that information is available at this link.

State Testing Graduation Requirements - Prior to Law Change
Washington State Testing Graduation Requirements vary depending on the student's year of entry to high school.  Please review the Edmonds School District State Testing Graduation Requirements flyer (below) for a general explanation of this.

The State Testing Graduation Requirement flyer (dated August 2018) is available in these languages (click on language to view flyer):

English | Arabic | Korean | Russian | Spanish | Vietnamese

CAA/CIA and Options

CAA and CIA are the acronyms for Certificate of Academic Achievement and Certificate of Individual Achievement. 

Earning a CAA or CIA indicates the student has completed their State Testing Graduation Requirements through passing either state tests or alternatives.

A CIA is awarded instead of a CAA when a Special Education student completes at least part of their state testing requirement through a Special Education alternative assessment.

  • CAA/CIA Options are alternatives students may use to meet state testing graduation requirements.  Which options are available may vary depending on the student’s year of entry to high school.
  • Students must first attempt the high school SBA test before they can use a CAA or CIA option.  Exceptions: Students who enter the WA state public school system for the first time in the 11th or 12th grade and ELL students who enter a US public school for the first time in the 10th grade.
  • For students who transfer to Washington State in the 11th or 12th grade, waivers may be available, depending on their test scores from their previous state (a waiver does not earn a CAA or CIA but the student is then eligible to graduate).
  • These options are described at length on the state website on the Graduation Alternatives page.
  • If you would like to participate in a CAA Option, please make an appointment to speak to your school counselor.

Appealing a Score on a High School Test

Once a parent or guardian has reviewed their child’s high school test, if they wish to challenge the validity of the score given, the state has a procedure for appealing.

Appeals are only for instances where a change in score could impact meeting graduation requirements.  The state will require that parent/guardians identify specific test questions they wish reviewed (an entire test will not be re-scored).

Refer to the state website page Request to View Your Student’s Test, under Procedures and Guidelines and look for the document titled Guidelines on Score Appeals. 

Other State and District Graduation Requirements

In addition to the State Testing Graduation Requirements, there are other requirements each student must meet to be eligible to graduate.  Please refer to our district Graduation Requirements web page for further information about all other graduation requirements.


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