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Emergency Waiver Rules

Click to launch graphic outline of rulesAt the March meeting, the State Board discussed whether the emergency waiver program (Graduation Requirement Emergency Waiver program - GREW) should be extended to students graduating in 2023 and beyond, and what changes, if any, should be ma

SBE to Host Special Meeting, Emergency Waiver Program

On February 25, beginning at 1:00 p.m., the State Board of Education (SBE) will host a special meeting where the Board will review and discuss a draft of emergency rules about the emergency graduation requirements waiver program. The draft is available to the public. The Board will receive public comment, scheduled for 2:00 p.m. SBE will also collect written public comment (email

March Meeting Recap

SBE held its latest Board meeting March 9-10, and discussed private schools rules, graduation data, emergency waivers, graduation requirements alignment, legislative session, and more. Find documents from the meeting and links to TVW’s live stream on SBE’s meeting page.

State Considers Flexibility for Graduating Seniors

Summary: At a special Board meeting, the Washington State Board of Education (SBE) reviewed the process for creating an emergency waiver program that would give districts more flexibility in certain graduation requirements following extensive school closures due to the COVID-19 outbreak.


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The State Board of Education has the authority to creates rules for public and approved private schools in Washington state. Rules developed by SBE can be found in Title 180 WAC. View the State Board's filings on the Register.

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Upcoming Hearings

  • 180-51: Graduation Requirements - The Board will host a public hearing on High School Graduation Requirements rules (for the performance-based graduation pathway option) on Tuesday, November 14 at 3:30 p.m. 

Current Rulemaking Activity/Rulemaking Docket:

If you'd like an Office of the Code Reviser certified copy (PDF) of the documents above, please contact us. Bolded rows indicate open rules.

Rulemaking activity
Title of Chapter of WAC Chapter Last Update
Practice, Procedure, and Access to Public Records 180-08 11/2010
State Support of Public Schools 180-16 07/2021
Accountability 180-17 04/2019
Waivers for Restructuring Purposes 180-18 01/2020
Charter Schools 180-19 02/2021
Private School Pupil Immunization Requirement 180-38 11/2010
High School Graduation Requirements 180-51 12/2020
Tests for Students Receiving Home-based Instruction 180-52 11/2010
Private School Accreditation 180-55 11/2006
Adult Education 180-72 11/2010
Private Schools 180-90 12/2020
GED 180-96 11/2010
Performance Improvement Goals 180-105 10/2018
Emergency Waiver of Certain Requirements 180-111 05/2022

SBE to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed Rules to Implement the 24-Credit Graduation Requirements

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) will hold a public hearing on proposed rules to implement SB 6552 and consider adopting them at the July 9-10 board meeting in Spokane. The board will also review and consider approval of required action plans.

What:      State Board of Education Board Meeting

When:     8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Wednesday, July 9
                8:00 am to 3:30 pm, Thursday, July 10

State Board of Education to Recognize 2014 Teacher of the Year, Hold Public Hearings

TUMWATER, Wash. – The Washington State Board of Education (SBE) will recognize Washington’s 2014 Teacher of the Year Katie Brown, and hold two public hearings at the January 8-9 board meeting in Tumwater, at the New Market Skills Center.

What:      State Board of Education Board Meeting

When:      8:30 am to 5 pm, Wednesday, January 8
                 8:30 am to 3 pm, Thursday, January 9

State Board of Education Reviews Proposals to Incorporate Student Growth Measures into the Way Schools are Evaluated in Washington State

FEDERAL WAY, Wash. –The Washington State Board of Education’s May 7-9 meeting in Federal Way will focus on revising the Washington Achievement Index to include measures of student growth. The meeting will also address standards for approval for charter school authorizers, Annual Measurable Achievement Objectives for English Language Learners, Next Generation Science Standards, and CTE course equivalencies in Science.

State Board of Education to Hold Public Hearing on Draft Rules Related to State’s First Public Charter Schools

OLYMPIA, Wash. –The Washington State Board of Education’s February 26 meeting in Olympia, at the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, will include a public hearing on draft rules pertinent to the state’s first public charter schools.

Those wishing to provide comment on the draft rules may attend the hearing in Olympia, via K-20 video feed in Spokane at the office of ESD 101, or by writing us directly (