The "two-for-one"policy is a rule change (WAC 180-51-067) in effect for students in the graduating class of 2016. Students who take CTE-equivalent courses may satisfy two graduation requirements while earning one credit for a single course; hence, "two-for-one". The purpose of this policy is to create flexibility for students to choose more elective courses or to address other graduation requirements.
A CTE-equivalent course consists of two courses: one CTE, one academic. One of those courses is placed on the student's transcript for credit. Students generally choose which course they want placed on the transcript, and this choice is driven by their High School and Beyond Plan. This practice will remain the same.
Under the rule in effect through the class of 2015, WAC 180-51-066, the student earns one credit and satisfies one graduation requirement.
The new policy will permit the second course to be "checked off"as a "met requirement"by local counseling staff. Which course is put on the transcript and which one is locally "checked off"will continue to be determined by the student, based on their post high school goals.
The total number of credits the student needs to graduate will not change.
Districts will continue to use a locally-developed process to enable the record-keeping needed to assure that all requirements have been met. Currently, the standardized transcript does not track the types of credits applied to courses.
Page last updated: December 2012