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With WEA’s consistent advocacy to support de-linking state testing as a requirement for students to earn a high school diploma, the Legislature passed HB 1599 in 2019. This bill de-linked the Smarter Balance Assessment (SBA) as a graduation requirement for students starting with the class of 2019, replacing it with eight pathways. Student must select from these pathways and complete one as part of the state's graduation requirements.

Your Association successfully lobbied to include a provision to ensure educator voices are considered in the requirements. This allows WEA members, parents and community members to review and comment on the pathways. As a result, the State Board of Education (SBE) is asking for feedback from the community on Washington's new Graduation Pathways enacted by HB 1599.

It is critical that WEA members working with high school students every day, as well as members who work in environments impacted by this new policy, provide feedback to the SBE on how the new graduation pathways are meeting the needs of the students you serve. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey to share your experience and expertise. Raise your voice to ensure that educators are adequately represented.

For additional information about the pathways, check out this site.

Thank you for all you do.

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