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Policy 2404

Science Mastery-Based Learning and Credit

The board recognizes the value of preparing students to become literate in science. Science plays an integral role in modern society and is an essential part of each student’s education. When students are learning about science, they are also enhancing their skills in reading, writing and math. Students may further develop their science skills through independent activities and programs. The district encourages students and their families to take advantage of any science learning opportunities available to them.

 The district will encourage students to learn science effectively at a high level of proficiency. The district also recognizes the importance of allowing students to learn at their own pace, and the educational benefits that can be gained by giving students the opportunity to demonstrate competency of skills, proficiency of standards, and mastery of concepts.

 As described in the procedures, the district will award science credits to students based on demonstrated mastery/proficiency across a range of science skills.

Cross References:     2410 – High School Graduation Requirements

Legal References:     WAC 180-51-050 High school credit — Definition

WAC 180-51-051 Procedure for granting students mastery-based credit

RCW 28A.230.090 High school graduation requirements or equivalencies — Reevaluation of graduation requirements — Review and authorization of proposed changes — Credit for courses taken before attending high school — Postsecondary credit equivalencies  

Adoption Date: April 28, 2020   Revised:  March 26, 2024