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Academic acceleration for high school studentsAdoption of policy.

*** CHANGE IN 2019 *** (SEE 1599-S2.SL) ***
(1) Each school district board of directors is encouraged to adopt an academic acceleration policy for high school students as provided under this section.
(2) Under an academic acceleration policy:
(a) The district automatically enrolls any student who meets the state standard on the high school statewide student assessment in the next most rigorous level of advanced courses offered by the high school. Students who successfully complete such an advanced course are then enrolled in the next most rigorous level of advanced course, with the objective that students will eventually be automatically enrolled in courses that offer the opportunity to earn dual credit for high school and college.
(b) The subject matter of the advanced courses in which the student is automatically enrolled depends on the content area or areas of the statewide student assessment where the student has met the state standard. Students who meet the state standard on both end-of-course mathematics assessments are considered to have met the state standard for high school mathematics. Students who meet the state standard in both reading and writing are eligible for enrollment in advanced courses in English, social studies, humanities, and other related subjects.
(c) The district must notify students and parents or guardians regarding the academic acceleration policy and the advanced courses available to students.
(d) The district must provide a parent or guardian with an opportunity to opt out of the academic acceleration policy and enroll a student in an alternative course.


Findings2013 c 184: "(1) The legislature finds that progress is being made in making dual high school and college credit courses available for students:
(a) Overall dual credit program enrollments increased by almost four percent between 2009 and 2012;
(b) The number of dual credit programs offered by Washington high schools increased by almost fifteen percent between the 2009-10 school year and the 2011-12 school year; and
(c) Dual credit program participation rates for low-income students increased more than fourteen percent between the 2009-10 school year and the 2011-12 school year.
(2) However, the legislature further finds that more can be done to promote academic acceleration for all students and eliminate barriers, real or perceived, that may prevent students from enrolling in rigorous advanced courses, including dual credit courses." [ 2013 c 184 § 1.]
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