COE Guidelines

The Collection of Evidence (COE) is a state approved alternative assessment. 

The COE is an evaluation of a set of work samples based on classroom work, prepared by the student, with instructional support from a teacher. Passing a COE satisfies the assessment requirement for a specific content area and will contribute to earning a Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA)*. As a graduation alternative, the COE is one of several state-approved alternatives high school students can use to fulfill assessment graduation requirements. Students must meet eligibility criteria to access the COE.

This year we will be offering the COE in two concurrent formats through the January submission. The current COE consisting of Reading, Writing, Math Year 1 (2008) and Math Year 2 (2008) will be available for those students in the graduation cohort of 2016 and earlier. 12th grade students must submit these collections in the January submission. This is the last submission for the Reading, Writing, Math Year 1 (2008) and Math Year 2 (2008) COE. The new COE consisting of Exit Exam ELA COE and Exit Exam Math COE is available for students to access. The first submission for this new COE assessment will be June 2016.

Students must choose to either work on the current COE or the new Exit Exam COEs.

The Biology COE will continue to be available in its current format for eligible students in the graduation cohort of 2017 or later to compile Biology collections. June is the only Biology COE submission for the 2015-2016 school year. Students in the cohort of 2017 are required to meet standard in Biology.   

Eligibility to submit a COE requires a student to have taken the applicable content area assessment one time without meeting standard prior to submitting a collection. See the COE Guidelines for 2015-2016 policies.

Collections must meet eligibility and sufficiency requirements to qualify for scoring. For eligibility requirements students should talk to their teacher and/or counselor.

COE Scores Needed to Meet Standard for Format 1: 

COE Scores

Points Possible

Meet Standard










Math - Year 1(2008)




Math - Year 2 (2008)




COE Scores Needed to Meet Standard for Format 2:

COE Scores Points Possible Meet Standard Basic**
Biology 56 41 30
* Specific to students receiving special education services, the IEP team can determine use of a lower score for fulfilling the requirements of the Certificate of Individual Achievement (CIA); a “Basic” score constitutes this lower score for the CIA.

** The minimum score that can be attained to apply the “Basic” score for the CIA. 

For the 2015-2016 school year, the submission deadlines are:

Content Area

Who may submit

Scores on WAMS

Reading, Writing, Math (2008)

January 27, 2015

Students in the 2016 or earlier graduation cohort

Subsequent collections

All score appeals

Reading, Writing, Math (2008) - March 25

Exit Exam ELA, Exit Exam Math and Biology COE

June 1, 2016

All students who meet the eligibility requirements

Subsequent collections 

All score appeals

September 1 – Exit Exam ELA , Exit Exam Math and Biology 

For information about other CAA Options: