Graduation Requirements

Washington Graduation Resources

Graduation requirements can be confusing when it comes to the needs of special education students. We are developing this page as a resource for teachers, parents, and students to understand the Washington State requirements regarding graduation and the accommodations available. We will be continuing to update the information here, so check back frequently!

Graduation in Washington

Find the complete Graduation in Washington guide and all related materials online at:

Graduation in Washington Toolkit:

Visit for information on state testing.

Visit for state graduation requirements.

Overview of Certificate of Academic Achievement Options: The CAA options and how students can access them.

Parent/Guardian Access to their Child's State Test Booklet and How to File a Score Appeal: How parents/guardians can request their child's test booklet, what to expect after submitting a request, and when a score appeal can be filed.

How Students in Special Education Participate in State Testing: State testing options available to students in special education.

Kevin’s Law and Graduation

Kevin’s law (RCW 28A.155.170) allows certain students receiving special education services to participate in high school graduation ceremonies with their peers. The law requires each school district that operates a high school to adopt a policy and develop procedures to determine which students receiving special education services can participate in graduation ceremonies after four years, even if they will remain in school beyond 4 years. Students who participate in the graduation ceremony will receive a certificate of attendance, which is not a high school diploma. Students will receive a diploma when they complete their graduation requirements.


Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. (2014). Graduation in Washington: A toolkit for schools and families to help ensure students earn high school diplomas (Publication No. 14-0095).

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