2411 Policy – Certificate of Educational Competency

Certificates of educational competency will be awarded by the Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges.

To be eligible for a certificate of educational competency, a student who is 16 years of age or older but under 19 years of age must have a substantial and warranted reason for leaving the regular high school program, or have been home schooled.

The student may apply either to the resident district or the school the student last attended in the State of Washington. The application must be signed by the student’s parent and will include the recommendation of the superintendent and/or his or her district designee. Reasons for withdrawal to seek a certificate of education competency may include:

A. Personal problems which seriously impair the student’s ability to make reasonable progress toward high school graduation;
B. A financial crisis which directly affects the student and necessitates the student’s employment during school hours;
C. The lack of curriculum and instruction which constitute appropriate learning experiences for the student;
D. The inability or failure of the school of attendance to adjust its program for the individual or otherwise make arrangements for enrollment in a program in a manner which enables the student to advance toward graduation with reasonable progress and success;
E. A determination by the designated employee of the district that it is in the best interests of the student to withdraw in order to enter a postsecondary institution or the military, or to engage in employment; or
F. The student has been home-schooled and has essentially completed high school work.

Any student who feels that the denial to apply for a certificate of educational competency was unwarranted may appeal to the board of directors. The board of directors will make a decision within 30 calendar days of the request and such decision be final, subject to an appeal to a court of law pursuant to RCW 28A.645.010.

Approved By: Greg Baker
Adopted/Previous Revisions: 11/21/14
Updated: 10/1/19
Superintendent or Board Approved: Superintendent Approved
Cross References: Content

Policy 2255 – Alternative Learning Experience Programs


Legal References: Content

RCW 28A.205.030, Re-entry of Prior Drop-outs into Common Schools,

Rules — Eligibility for GED Test

RCW 28A.305.190, Eligibility to take GED test

Chapter 180-96 WAC, General educational development (GED) test

Chapter 131-48 WAC, Certificate of Educational Competence (Community and Technical Colleges)