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PDFWAC 392-410-316

Equivalency course of studyElective credit for paid work experience.

(1) The board of directors of a district offering a high school diploma and providing students with the opportunity to learn and master the state financial education learning standards adopted in RCW 28A.300.469, shall adopt written policies providing for the granting of elective high school graduation credit for paid work experience. Credit is earned when the following conditions are met:
(a) The student is legally eligible for paid employment and is at least 16 years old.
(b) A 1.0 credit is granted for no less than 360 hours of paid work, a .5 credit may be granted for no less than 180 hours of paid work.
(c) The student's High School and Beyond Plan is updated to reflect the paid work experience. 
(d) The paid work experience is approved in advance and in writing by the school counselor, principal, or principal designee. Approval is contingent upon submission of the following information:
(i) Identification of the work-based sponsor (employer) who will serve as the point of contact and supervise the student during employment.
(ii) A student narrative that describes how the paid work experience will develop knowledge and skills for basic education; an understanding of work and finance; and how performance, effort, and decisions affect future career and educational opportunities as provided in RCW 28A.150.210(4).
(iii) A plan to include how the student will demonstrate or be assessed on:
(A) Grade-level proficiency of the state financial education learning standards for employment, income, or financial decisions adopted in RCW 28A.300.469; and
(B) Growth in proficiency in meeting the state financial education learning standards that occurred between pre-work and post-work experiences.
(e) Paid hour verification is completed by the school district no less than once per term.
(f) Students may earn credit under this section for work experiences scheduled as part of their school day, experiences that occur outside of the regular school calendar, or through WAC 180-51-050 and 180-51-051.
(g) The learning experience must be reported using the specific state course code and course designation code per OSPI guidance.
(2) A maximum of two elective credits may be earned through paid work experience reflected in this section.
(3) This section does not impact the legal requirements of the employment of minors in accordance with chapters 296-125 and 296-131 WAC, particularly on issues of occupational health and safety, discrimination, harassment, worker/employer rights and responsibilities, and work rules for minors.
(4) This subsection does not modify a district's ability to adopt policies to increase student access to credit for worksite learning that includes cooperative worksite learning for nonelective credit as referenced in WAC 392-410-315; or through mastery-based education as referenced in WAC 180-51-051.
(5) Paid work experience scheduled as part of the student's school day may be claimed for apportionment in alignment with WAC 392-121-140.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28A.230.100 and chapter 28A.600 RCW. WSR 23-16-093, § 392-410-316, filed 7/31/23, effective 8/31/23.]
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