Mike Town, one of Tesla STEM High School’s founding teachers, is a recipient of the Patsy Collins Award for Excellence in Education, Environment, and Community.
Other Graduation Requirements
In addition to earning credits, to earn a high school diploma or more formally, the Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA), a student must:
State test requirements
High school students must pass tests, or state-approved alternatives, to be eligible to graduate. Required tests vary by expected year of graduation. All students must pass the Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) in English/language arts and the End of Course (EOC) in Biology. Students in the class of 2017 and 2018 must also pass either the SBA in math or the EOC in math. Students in the class of 2019 and 2020 must also pass the SBA in math.
There will be two different minimum scores for each SBA. Each score level is set for a different purpose.
- Exit Exam Score+ – Students must meet the exit exam minimum score to graduate.
- College and Career-Ready Score – The college and career-ready scores will be used for students in grade 11 for higher education placement decisions for students and federal accountability purposes for the district.
* Unless a student is determined to have significant cognitive disabilities, or transferred into Washington public schools in 11th or 12th grade, he or she must attempt state assessments at least once before qualifying for alternatives in each content area:
++ Until Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are implemented and assessed, students will be required to pass the biology EOC. After NGSS are implemented and assessed, students will be required to pass a comprehensive NGSS Test. The timeline for NGSS is being developed.
Special Education students
Students with an Individualized Education Program may earn a Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA), an alternative to the Certificate of Academic Achievement, if deemed appropriate by their IEP team. Graduation requirement options that might be considered by the team are listed on the OSPI website.
There are three options to take advantage of what are called Certificate of Academic Achievement Options (CAA): GPA Comparison, College Admission and AP Test Scores Option, or the Collection of Evidence. Students who do not meet the standard on the HSPE or end of course exams may want to review these options.
Complete a High School and Beyond Plan
The High School and Beyond Plan is a process designed to help students think about their future goals and how to accomplish those goals. This includes exploring interests and career options, developing a course plan for high school, and exploring opportunities to develop skills. Students create their High School and Beyond Plans in cooperation with parents / guardians and school staff. Ideally, students start their plans in eighth grade and then continue to revise them throughout high school to accommodate changing interests or goals.
Why is the High School and Beyond Plan (HSBP) important?
The High School and Beyond Plan provides students with the opportunity to explore their own skills and interests and discover potential career and educational options they may not have been aware of previously. It allows students to take ownership over their high school experience and choose coursework and activities that are relevant to their goals. The HSBP also provides a means of tracking requirements for graduation from high school and entry into postsecondary programs.
What are the components of a High School and Beyond Plan?
The major components of the plan include:
- Identification of career goals
- Identification of educational goals related to the student’s career goals
- A four-year plan for course-taking that will ensure fulfillment of graduation requirements and align with the student’s interests and educational and career goals
- Identification of assessments necessary to achieve career and educational goal