A new law could keep you in the dark about your kid's high school plans.

A new law could keep you in the dark about your teen's high school plans.Take action now to stop that from happening.

The College and Career Ready Diploma is now law with the passage of SB 6552 this past legislative session. That was a huge win, eight years in the making, and the League of Education Voters worked with the Excellent Schools Now Coalition—and many of you—to make it happen.

The State Board of Education is meeting in July to discuss the proposed rules for the implementation of the College and Career Ready Diploma (SB 6552) and has asked for public comment. That's where we need your help. Please write to the State Board and tell them you believe parents should be involved in their child's middle and high school education every step of the way. Parental involvement is important to student success, and it should be encouraged and strengthened.

Parents should know about their child's plans for high school—and beyond.

There are four areas where we think the role of parents in the education of their children should be clarified or strengthened:

  1. Require parent sign-off on the High School and Beyond Plan. The language of the proposed rules encourages cooperation between parents/guardians and school staff. While meaningful accommodations should be made for kids in less-than-ideal circumstances (for example, students in foster care), the default should be that parent sign-off is required for a student's High School and Beyond Plan.
  2. Require parent sign-off for the 3rd year of math and science. The proposed rules allow students to choose the third year of math and science without parent sign-off "if the parent or guardian is unavailable or does not respond to a request from the school for approval of a specific course." Without clarification on what "unavailable" or "not responsive" means, each school district can interpret those terms differently.
  3. Ensure that parents with limited English proficiency can access the information. The rules should specify that parents be able to access information in their native language, in both written and verbal form. Efforts should also be made to make sure all parents understand the implications of the High School and Beyond Plan for their children.
  4. Specify an appeals process that empowers students to take the most rigorous courses. Some courses, including advanced courses like AP and IB, have a cap on how many students may enroll. Schools should have a clear and transparent process for parents who want to appeal a decision to not allow their student to take a particular course.

Please add your voice and write to the State Board with your thoughts on the rules.

Below are some resources that might be helpful:

  • College and Career Ready Diploma. Our summary of the new law and what it means for students in Washington state
  • SB 6552. The College and Career Ready Diploma legislation and background information
  • Proposed Rules. The State Board of Education's draft proposed rules
  • Rulemaking Process. An overview of the Board's rulemaking process related to this legislation