COE Guidelines

The Collection of Evidence was approved as an assessment option that could be used for graduation purposes in 2006. Educators in the State of Washington requested the policies, rules, and support materials necessary to implement the assessment in their schools. The COE Guidelines are updated annually. Please use the 2013-2014 guidelines as your reference for policies and protocols for the COE.


In March 2006, the Washington State Legislature passed HB 6475, which authorized the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) to implement three additional options for earning a Certificate of Academic Achievement (CAA). The three options are: GPA Comparison, a substitution of college-entrance scores (ACT, SAT, AP) and a Collection of Evidence (COE).

The COE option is an evaluation of a set of work samples based on exemplary work prepared by the student. The evaluation determines if a student is performing at the skill level required for high school graduation. Collections are scored at the state level by professional scorers trained by OSPI content specialists to ensure the validity and reliability of the assessment. The COE is designed to assess content and skills similar to those assessed on the state high school assessment.

Preparation for the COE

For the 2013-2014 school year there are three submission dates for the COE:

Submission Deadline

Grade Level

Content Area

Collection Type 

January 22, 2014

Students in the 12th grade

Reading, Writing, Mathematics Year 1 and Mathematics Year 2    

Full or augmentation

April 30, 2014

Students in the 12th grade who are augment eligible

Reading, Writing, Mathematics Year 1 and Mathematics Year 2    

 Augmented collections only

June 11, 2014

All eligible students

Reading, Writing, Mathematics Year 1, Mathematics Year 2

Full and augmented 
Please read all sections of the COE Guidelines prior to implementing the assessment.