Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) Options & Collection of Evidence (COE)


  • Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) Options

    Most Washington state public high school students will fulfill the assessment portion of the graduation requirements by passing state exit exams. If students don't pass on their first attempt, there are retake opportunities. Some students, however, may need to demonstrate their skills a different way. For these students, state-approved alternatives called Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA) options, are available after the student has attempted the state assessment.  Please visit OSPI Graduation Alternatives for more information on CAA options.

    GPA Comparison: A student's grades in English and/or math and/or science courses are compared with the grades of students who took the same courses and passed the state assessment.  This option is available to students in grade 12 who have an overall grade point average of 3.2.  Students must attempt the corresponding state assessment at least once before attempting this CAA option.

    Alternative Assessment Scores: Students may use their math, reading, and/or writing scores on the SAT reasoning test, ACT or ACT Plus Writing tests, specified Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) examinations, or Smarter Balanced Assessments (starting in 2015) to show they have key skills expected of high school graduates.  They may also use scores from specified AP or IB exams to meet the science graduation assessment requirement, which starts with the class of 2015.  Students must attempt the corresponding state assessment at least once before attempting this CAA option.


    Collection of Evidence (COE)

    The COE is an evaluation of a set of work samples based on classroom work prepared by the student with instructional support from a teacher.  OSPI, in conjunction with Washington state teachers, develop and implement COE passages, tasks, and prompts for reading, writing, mathematics, and science.  Please visit COE Local FAQs for more information on the COE Local Assessment.