Each high school shall adopt core academic course equivalencies for high school Career and Technical Education (CTE) courses, provided that the course has been reviewed and approved for equivalency credit by a district team appointed by the superintendent or a designee. The district team (Equivalency Credit Committee) shall include the respective school administrator, the CTE Director, an instructor from the core academic subject area, an instructor from the appropriate CTE course, a school counselor and a representative from the curriculum department. CTE courses approved for equivalency must meet the following criteria:
- Align with the state’s essential academic learning requirements and grade level expectations; and
- Align with current industry standards, as evidenced in the curriculum frameworks.
The local CTE Advisory Committee and CTE Director shall certify that courses meet industry standards. Non- CTE courses approved for occupational education credit must, at a minimum, align with the definition of an exploratory course as adopted in the Career and Technical Education Program Standards of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Equivalency standards and evidence can be found in the Equivalency Crediting 3.3 toolkit.
Career and technical courses determined by the school district to be equivalent to academic core courses, in full or in part, shall be accepted as meeting core requirements, including graduation requirements if the courses are recorded on the student’s transcript using the equivalent academic high school department designation and title. Full or partial credit shall be recorded as appropriate.
The district will approve Advanced Placement (AP) computer science courses as equivalent to high school mathematics or science. The superintendent will adopt procedures to denote on the student’s transcript that AP Computer Science qualifies as a mathematics-based quantitative course for students who complete it in their senior year.
RCW 28A.230.097 Career and technical high school course equivalencies
WAC 180-51 High school graduation requirements
Policy News, August 2006, Legislature Codifies Course Equivalency for Career and Technical Courses