Washington State Graduation Requirements
Revised November 2016
Information from Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI)
All public high school students are required to meet statewide graduation requirements in order to earn a diploma. The goal is that more students will be better prepared to meet 21st-century demands in their working and personal lives.
Within these pages, families, students and educators can learn more about each of the new requirements, including what each requirement is designed to do and how students will be supported.
To earn a high school diploma, a student must:
- Earn high school credit
- Pass state tests or approved alternatives to those tests
- Complete a High School and Beyond Plan
OSPI has created several resources, including a graduation toolkit and graduation checklists, to help educators and families understand state graduation requirements. These resources are updated when changes occur.
The Washington State Board of Education establishes minimum credit requirements and the High School and Beyond Plan.