Passage of new College and Career Ready Diploma ends 8-year effort to strengthen Washington's diploma.
OLYMPIA -- With overwhelming bipartisan support, the Washington legislature approved a new high school diploma designed by the State Board of Education to better prepare students for college and career. It goes to Governor Inslee next, who is expected to sign the bill into law.
The new diploma, which adds additional credits in science, art, world language, and career and technical education, will ensure that students graduate from high school prepared to meet expectations of Washington colleges and employers.
Currently, just 4 in 10 graduating seniors meet the basic requirements for admission into a four-year state university. Additionally, only 6 in 10 graduates are considered "qualified applicants" for jobs that require a high school diploma, according to a survey of Washington employers.
The state House approved an amended version of the bill on a vote of 93-5, and the state Senate concurred on a vote of 45-2.
The passage of the 24-credit diploma, also known as the College and Career Ready Diploma, is the culmination of an 8-year effort to strengthen Washington's high school diploma. In 2006, the state legislature directed the State Board of Education to develop an updated diploma that was aligned with college- and career-ready standards.
The College and Career Ready Diploma was championed by Senators Christine Rolfes, Steve Litzow, and Bruce Dammeier, and Representatives Cathy Dahlquist and Kristine Lytton.
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