Graduation Pathways

Class of 2021+

Students in these classes will need to meet one of the following graduation pathways that is aligned to their High School and Beyond Plan.


Graduation Pathways


Smarter Balanced Assessment

Students meeting this graduation pathway need to earn at least the following scores on the high school English Language Arts (ELA) and math Smarter Balanced Assessment (SBA) of:


  • Score on ELA - 2548
  • Score on math - 2595


ACT / SAT / AP / IB Exams

Students may use scores on college admissions (ACT, ACT with Writing, SAT, SAT with Essay), and specified Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) tests, to show they possess the knowledge and skills expected of high school graduates.


Dual Credit Courses

A student who completes a dual credit course in English language arts or mathematics in which the student has the potential to earn college credit may use passage of the course as a graduation pathway.


Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) Test

For a student who takes the ASVAB while in high school and earns at least the minimum score on the Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) portion of the test (as posted on the State Board of Education (SBE) website) it may be used to meet the graduation pathway.


Students may also attain an AFQT score through the Pending Internet Computerized Adaptive Test (PiCAT). PiCAT scores must be validated at a Military Entrance Processing Stations (MEPS). For more information on the PiCAT steps, please visit the SBE website.


Career and Technical Education (CTE) Course Sequence

For a student who earns a minimum of 2 high school CTE credits in the same program area it may be used to meet the graduation pathway.


A Local CTE Graduation Pathways designed by districts that includes at least 2 high school CTE credits from differing program areas if the sequence is approved by the local school board, school board designee, or local advisory committee, and receive final approval by OSPI.