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Graduation Requirements

Truman scholars in the class of 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 who have more than 12 credits will complete the current credit based graduation requirements in order to receive a diploma.

Truman scholars in the class of 2020 and 2021 and scholars from the class or 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 with less than 12 credits will complete the competency-based graduation requirements.

Credit Based Graduation Requirements

Tests Required for Graduation
Class of Subject Test
2016 ELA Choose 1:
Reading AND Writing HSPE*
Smarter Balanced ELA test (exit exam score)**
WA-AIM (exit exam score)**
Math Choose 1:
Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 EOC exam
Geometry/Integrated Math 2 EOC exam
Smarter Balanced math test (exit exam score)**
WA-AIM (exit exam score)**
2017 & 2018 ELA Choose 1:
Smarter Balanced ELA test (exit exam score)**
WA-AIM (exit exam score)**
Math Choose 1:
Algebra 1/Integrated Math 1 EOC exam
Geometry/Integrated Math 2 EOC exam
Smarter Balanced math test (exit exam score)**
WA-AIM (exit exam score)**
2019 ELA Choose 1:
Smarter Balanced ELA test (exit exam score)**
WA-AIM (exit exam score)**
Math Choose 1:
Smarter Balanced Math test (exit exam score)**
WA-AIM (exit exam score)**


Seniors must reach a level 6 at minimum on each of the competency rubrics; pass the state ELA and Math exams, complete 24 hours community service and complete the High School and Beyond Plan.

Domain Competencies High-level Description
Key Ideas and Details Theme / Central Idea Determining theme(s)/central idea(s) and explaining how they develop and interact in a text
Point of View/Purpose Understanding the point of view or purpose/intent of an author/speaker  and how that point of view or purpose/intent shapes the message or meaning of the text
Development Analyzing the development of events, individuals, and ideas/concepts over the course of a text
Structure Analyzing an author's structural writing choices and how they affect the clarity and effectiveness of arguments, explanations, or narratives
Word Choice Analyzing the effect of language, specifically word choice, on the meaning, tone, or mood of a text, and explaining how word choice relates to context or medium
Integration of Knowledge and Ideas Selecting Relevant Sources Selecting sources that support answering a particular research question with relevant, credible information
Contextualizing Sources Recognizing how a source is situated within the world of its origin (time period, location, culture, etc.) and explaining how the meaning of the source is shaped by those conditions
Synthesizing Multiple Sources Synthesizing information across multiple sources to support an argument or explanation
Inquiry Asking questions Developing focused, answerable inquiry and research questions
Hypothesizing Developing hypotheses and predictions
Designing Processes and Procedures Developing step-by-step processes to follow in the course of answering problems/prompts or conducting inquiries/investigations
Analysis & Synthesis Identifying Patterns and Relationships Analyzing and organizing information (including numerical and visual) to answer a question or solve a problem
Comparing/ Contrasting Identifying similarities and differences and using them to support, refine, or sharpen an argument or explanation
Modeling Representing and translating concepts**  with models, visual representations or symbols.  OR Using appropriate tools to understand and analyze situations and to improve decisions     **"Concepts," in this dimension, refers to abstract situations/information, processes, and systems
Interpreting Data/Info Developing justifiable interpretations of data and/or information from sources
Making Connections & Inferences Connecting ideas and making inferences based on evidence or reasoning
Critiquing the Reasoning of Others Evaluating arguments, explanations, and solutions, including identifying logical fallacies and missteps
Justifying / Constructing an Explanation Using logic and reasoning to justify a response or explain a phenomenon
Composing & Writing Argumentative Claim Developing a strong argument through clear, well-sequenced claims in argumentative writing or speaking
Informational/Explanatory Thesis Constructing explanations or conveying ideas and information through clear, well-organized main and supporting ideas
Narrative Developing an oral or written narrative that relates connected experiences, events, procedural steps, or the like (whether they are real or imagined)
Counterclaims Acknowledging and developing alternate or opposing positions
Selection of Evidence Using relevant and sufficient evidence to support claims**                      **In this dimension, which can be applied to both argumentative and explanatory tasks, "claims and subclaims" may also refer to theses/main ideas and supporting ideas. 
Explanation of Evidence Analyzing how the selected evidence supports the writer's statements (e.g., claims, subclaims, counterclaims, main ideas, supporting ideas, inferences)
Integration of Evidence Representing evidence objectively and accurately (via appropriate quotation, summary, and/or paraphrase) and integrating evidence smoothly and strategically to support an argument, explanation, or analysis
Organization (Transitions, Cohesion, Structure) Using paragraph/section structure and transitions to communicate with clarity and coherence
Introduction and Conclusion Framing a composition with an effective introduction and conclusion, including using the concluding paragraph(s) to extend ideas
Speaking & Listening Discussion / Contribution Communicating ideas and contributing to discussion through questioning, connecting, and probing
Preparation Entering a discussion or presentation with high-quality evidence (notes, research, connections, questions)
Norms / Active Listening Using roles and norms to support collegial discussions and completion of group work
Products & Presentations Style and Language (Tone, Academic Language, Syntax) Using appropriate style in a written product, including academic language, tone, and syntax
Oral Presentation Using appropriate public speaking strategies to engage the audience and communicate points
Multimedia in Written Production Integrating technology to create high-quality written products
Multimedia in Oral Presentation Integrating technology to create high-quality spoken presentations
Conventions Using discipline-appropriate conventions to support clear expression of ideas and information
Precision Expressing ideas and information with exactness, specificity, and refinement
Quantitative Reasoning Concepts & Procedures  Students can explain and apply mathematical concepts and interpret and carry out mathematical procedures with precision and fluency.
Problem Solving  Students can solve a range of complex well-posed problems in pure and applied mathematics, making productive use of knowledge and problem solving strategies.”
Communicating Reasoning  Students can clearly and precisely construct viable arguments to support their own reasoning and to critique the reasoning of others.
Modeling and Data Analysis  Students can analyze complex, real world scenarios and can construct and use mathematical models to interpret and solve problems.