Standard Adult High School Diploma Task Force

Adult Diploma Requirements in Other States: Washington

Overview

1. HS21+ (Washington State’s Competency-Based Diploma)

Open to adults 21 and older to obtain a high school diploma that is an alternative to a traditional diploma for K-12 students.

2. National External Diploma Program

Similar to Connecticut, Washington allows some local education agencies to grant adult diplomas to those who complete the NEDP through CASAS.

3. College Pathway: Associate Degree (age 21 or older): Community or Technical College authorized to issue high school diploma

If the student earns an associate degree after at or beyond age 21, the community or technical college issues the high school diploma upon student written request.

Sources:

National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium News website (http://naepdc.org/news_views_clues/nvc_home.html)

Washington High School Graduation Pathways Document (http://sbctc.edu/college/studentsvcs/20101229_ctc_rs_high_school_diplomas.pdf)

Model: HS21+ (Washington Competency-Based Diploma)

“The HS21+ is a truly competency-based diploma. This new high school completion initiative allows students 21 and older to complete a competency-based high school diploma as the culmination of their ABE/ESL experience. They are then able to move on to financial aid if eligible and transition to college to fulfill their goals of obtaining a family sustaining career. Washington statute already allows community colleges to award high school diplomas and determine which courses and/or educational experiences of the student satisfy Washington State graduation requirements. Test scores are an accepted “educational experience.” Each college has the authority to determine what criteria meet the state graduation requirements. So, some colleges are considering college placement tests, SAT, CASAS, etc. and determining what scores meet the competency level.

Upon intake students go through a transcript analysis to determine what competencies have already been met by past K-12 and/or college courses. Based on that transcript review an educational plan is developed. Then some competencies may be met by test scores, portfolio work, and/or contextualized ABE courses.”

Source: National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium News website (http://naepdc.org/news_views_clues/nvc_home.html)

Policy

Revised Code of Washington (RCW) 28B.50.535 (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=28B.50.535)

Community or technical college – Issuance of high school diploma or certificate.

A community or technical college may issue a high school diploma or certificate as provided under this section.

(1) An individual who satisfactorily meets the requirements for high school completion shall be awarded a diploma from the college, subject to rules adopted by the superintendent of public instruction and the state board of education.

(2) An individual enrolled through the option established under RCW 28A.600.310 (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=28A.600.310) through 28A.600.400 (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=28A.600.400) who satisfactorily completes an associate degree, including an associate of arts degree, associate of science degree, associate of technology degree, or associate in applied science degree, shall be awarded a diploma from the college upon written request from the student.

(3) An individual, twenty-one years or older, who enrolls in a community or technical college for the purpose of obtaining an associate degree and who satisfactorily completes an associate degree, including an associate of arts degree, associate of science degree, associate of technology degree, or associate in applied science degree, shall be awarded a diploma from the college upon written request from the student. Individuals under this subsection are not eligible for funding provided under chapter 28A.150 (http://apps.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=28A.150) RCW.

[2009 c 524 § 2; 2007 c 355 § 2; 1991 c 238 § 58; 1969 ex.s. c 261 § 30.]

Notes:

Intent -- 2009 c 524: "The legislature has previously affirmed the value of career and technical education, particularly in programs that lead to nationally recognized certification. These programs provide students with the knowledge and skills to become responsible citizens and contribute to their own economic well-being and that of their families and communities, which is the goal of education in the public schools. The legislature has also previously affirmed the value of dual enrollment in college and high school programs that can lead to both an associate degree and a high school diploma. Therefore, the legislature intends to maximize students' options and choices for completing high school by awarding diplomas to students who complete these valuable postsecondary programs." [2009 c 524 § 1.]

For more information

Adult Basic Education in Washington web site by the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (http://www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/e_abe.aspx)

National Adult Education Professional Development Consortium News Web site (http://naepdc.org/news_views_clues/nvc_home.html)

Jon Kerr, Washington state ABE director, jkerr@sbctc.edu