How does Washington State compare to other states regarding high school graduation? The following information comes from a report at NPR. Take a read and let me know what you think. What can we do better?
GRADUATION RATES IN WASHINGTON
|NATIONAL RANK (2013)||PERCENTAGE POINT CHANGE (2011-2013)||2011||2012||2013|
WHAT DIPLOMAS DOES WASHINGTON OFFER?
Washington offers one type of diploma. Twenty-one states offer more than one.2 Different diplomas have varying credit requirements — so high-achieving students can earn more rigorous diplomas and underperforming students can graduate without reaching normal academic standards.
|Washington Standard High School Diploma||CCR Default w/personal modification|
HOW HARD IS IT TO GET A DIPLOMA IN WASHINGTON?
Washington requires students to pass exit exams in both math and English Language Arts in order to graduate. There are multiple assessment options for students and different classes face different requirements. Beginning with the class of 2019, the state will use the Smarter Balanced exam in ELA and math for graduation. Not all states require exit exams and many of those that do also offer alternative paths to a diploma if students cannot pass them.
COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS
Washington has a college and career ready diploma, but allows students to opt into alternative or make individual modifications. “College and career ready” is a measure of rigorous diploma requirements developed by the policy organization Achieve.
- Mandatory CCR diploma requirements
- Allows opt-out or individual modification
- Opt-in CCR diploma requirements
Washington automatically enrolls students in Algebra II, but allows students to opt out. Experts say the class is essential: If you had to identify one requirement that shows rigor, it’s Algebra II. But in many states, students are not automatically enrolled or may opt into less difficult courses.
- Required to graduate
- Automatic enrollment, but student may opt-out
HOW DO STUDENTS PERFORM? LET’S LOOK AT THE ACT AND SAT
In Washington, 22% of graduating students took the ACT exam in 2014. The ACT testing organization uses the results of these exams to publish its own, independent analysis of college readiness.
|WASH. AVERAGE SCORE (OUT OF 36)||ACT BENCHMARK SCORE³ (OUT OF 36)||% MEETING BENCHMARK|
In Washington, 63.1% of graduating students took the SAT exam in 2014. 46.2% met the College Board’s benchmark score of 15504 (out of 2400). The College Board is the organization that administers the SAT.
1 Idaho, Kentucky and Oklahoma were granted a reporting extension. Graduation rates for these states are incomplete.
2 Diplomas also refer to courses of study and/or pathways available to students.
3 ACT calculates benchmarks by measuring how students perform in their first year of college. Learn more »
4 SAT’s benchmark is also a measure of how students perform in their first year of college. Learn more »