Can the district require "progress toward the diploma" and
require that students not only earn credits, but complete the other
requirements for graduation, such as portfolios and plans?
A. Yes. Districts
are reminded that the statute prohibits them from impeding a student's
participation in Running Start. Thus, they should not create procedures
for those requirements that cannot be reconciled with Running Start
participation. Requiring daily attendance at a portfolio class, for
example, would logically hinder participation, but students should be
able to accommodate a monthly meeting or class required to demonstrate
evidence of progress.
Q-28. Can a
student have all the credits for a diploma and still attend RS if they
do not take the step of graduating?
A. No. This
was clarified by the 2005 legislature passing Senate Bill 5289. Students
who have completed all the credits needed for graduation are no longer
eligible to participate in RS. It must be noted that student eligibility
is determined at the beginning of each school year and does not change
mid-year (WAC 392-169-020)
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