At the May 16, 2017 meeting the Bellevue School Board adopted Resolution 2017-07, urging the Washington State Legislature to eliminate the biology end-of-course test as a graduation requirement:

Whereas the Mission of the Bellevue School District is to provide all students with an exemplary college preparatory education so they can succeed in college, career and life,

Whereas the State of Washington adopted the Next Generation Science Standards in 2013, and is developing an aligned assessment which is not yet available,

Whereas students are required to pass the Biology End-of-Course assessment in order to graduate, even though this exam is not aligned to current state science standards,

Therefore, be it resolved that the Bellevue School District Board of Directors joins the Washington State Board of Education respectfully asking the Legislature to act immediately to eliminate the Biology End-of Course graduation requirement, effective for all graduating students from the Class of 2017 and beyond. This change is urgent so that affected students can graduate with their class this spring.

ADOPTED this 16th day of May, 2017

The Bellevue School District acknowledges that we learn, work, live and gather on the Indigenous Land of the Coast Salish peoples, specifically the Duwamish and Snoqualmie Tribes. We thank these caretakers of this land, who have lived and continue to live here, since time immemorial.