Today we're releasing our new "Your Future Matters" graphic that includes important information for the Class of 2020 and beyond about the possible long-term consequences of taking a credit waiver to graduate. We were proud to collaborate with Partnership for Learning on this effort and aprpeciate the State Board of Education for offering insightful feedback. The graphic is avilable in both English and Spanish. You can also share the graphic on your Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram with the hashtag #yourfuturemattersWA.
Class of 2020, your senior year has been deeply interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. From financial insecurity to loss of graduation ceremonies, you have sacrificed so much.
You have big dreams, and your education and future plans should not be compromised. Take advantage of learning now so you can transition successfully into what’s next. And learn about your options regarding graduation requirements and what they mean for your post-high school plans. High school seniors who were on track to graduate and were impacted by COVID-19 school building closures may have certain credit requirements waived if they are not able to earn those credits this spring. Before accepting a waiver, it is important to first know what it could mean for your future plans.
Accepting a waiver could have long-term consequences.
- You may need to make up the content in college or as part of other post-high school training.
- It may impact your preparation for some majors, such as nursing, engineering, and other STEM fields.
- It may impact admission and transfer opportunities to out-of-state programs and professional schools, as well as employment eligibility.
School districts and teachers are making their best efforts to provide education. You have the right to keep learning and stay on track for your future. A waiver is a detour and should be a last resort, and you can decline it. Take some time to think about what a waiver would mean for your future and ensure you will be best positioned to transition to your post-high school plans.
Go get your dreams! For more information, visit: https://sbe.wa.gov/faqs/emergency_graduation_rules