Procedure 2404P Science Mastery-Based Credit
Mastery-based credit can be used either for awarding credit in place of a traditional course, or for credit recovery purposes.
Washington State Assessments and Assessment Alternatives
The student may recover one-half (0.5) science credit following a failed or incomplete science course if the student meets standard on a state assessment in science.
The student may recover one (1.0) credit in Biology if the student earns a 2 or higher on the AP Biology or AP Environmental Science exam.
General Education Development Test
Students may obtain one (1) science credit for achieving a passing score on a general education development test in science. A passing score will be determined by the State Board of Education in consultation with the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Successful Completion of a Course to Prepare for the General Education Development Test
Students may receive credits for successfully completing a course or courses in preparation for taking a general education development test.
Successful Completion of Next Higher-Level Course
Credit may be awarded for a course when the student successfully completes the next higher-level course in a sequence that includes a natural progression of the state learning standards from the previous course. Mastery-based credit is available for:
- Chemistry 1 (first semester) (0.5) if the student achieves a grade of C or higher in the second semester of the course.
- Physical Science 1 (first semester) (0.5) if the student achieves a grade of C or higher in Physics.
- Physical Science 1, 2 (1.0) if the student achieves a grade of C or higher in Advanced Physical Science (1.0).
- Biology (1.0) if the student achieves a grade of C or higher in Advanced Biology, AP Biology or AP Environmental Science, or achieves a grade of B or higher in Principles of Biomedical Science or ECO System Design.
Equivalency Course of Study
Students may receive credit for learning experiences outside of school that align to state learning standards, in accordance with Board Policy 2413 – Equivalency Credit Opportunities and WAC 392-410-300.
Students successfully completing the MultiCare Nurse Camp may receive half (0.5) credit in Biology.
The district collects and annually reviews disaggregated data to see which subgroups of students are receiving mastery-based credit. If disproportionality is found, the district takes appropriate actions to ensure equitable access to these crediting opportunities.
Adoption Date: 7/05/22