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Option 1 Pathway



Option Pathway is designed for students who have failed major core courses and are in the ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade. A second-semester junior or a senior must already be enrolled in and passing a CTE pathway unless the school has a CTE pathway that requires only one year to complete.

Students will earn a high school diploma and be counted as a graduate if they:

  • Attend a TASC preparation classes and pass the TASC Tests as given.
  • Per Policy 2510, the Option student must successfully complete the four courses of an approved State Department Career Technical Education (CTE) program of study or complete a local concentration approved by the County Board of Education consisting of four related courses correlating to the student's Personalized Education Plan (PEP) . Programs may vary depending on what is offered in your county. Students must also complete any other CTE requirements outlined in Policy 2510.
  • Receive a 550 average on the TASCTests to be eligible to apply for the PROMISE Scholarship.

Counties wishing to offer an Option Pathway program must complete the Option Pathway Waiver Agreement/Applicaton each year. This application is available upon request by contacting Ellen Killion, Option Pathway Coordinator, at

Each Option Pathway county must create an Option Team whose responsibility it is to properly screen students for the program and make county decisions on matters pertaining to the Option Pathway and students enrolled in the program.

For more information on the Option Pathway program, see the Option Pathway manual, Alternative Means to Earn High School Credit.
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Option Pathway

The Option Pathway is a blend of Career Technical Education (CTE) courses and the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) Tests. The Option Pathway allows approved students to participate in the TASCtesting program at approved locations without being withdrawn from an accredited high school. The Option Pathway student may receive a high school diploma according to the completion level of the program, per Policy 2444.4. If you are 16, 17, or 18 years old, you may be a candidate for Option Pathway. Note: This program is voluntary and requires both parent/guardian and student signatures on the Student/Parent Application and Contract (Appendix 7, Alternative Means to Earn High School Credit).

Option Team

A preliminary Option Pathway Team meeting is held before a student is selected to begin the Option Program to determine if this is an appropriate placement for the student. Option team members may include but are not limited to:

  • Career Tech Ed administrator/principal/director
  • School counselor
  • CTE staff member
  • School principal
  • Option Pathway teacher
  • Special Education director/teacher if candidate has an IEP

The School Based Assistance Team may be used to comprise the Option Pathway as long as the Option Pathway teacher and a designee from CTE are present when decisions are being made for the Option students.

Screening Process for the Option 1 Pathway Student

  • Counselor/instructor identifies student to the Option Pathway:
    • One (1) year or more behind ninth grade cohort, or
    • At risk of dropping out of school, or
    • Age inappropriate according to grade level
  • With approval from parent/guardian (see Parent Permission for Student TABE Testing, Appendix 1, Alternative Means to Earn High School Credit, the student takes the TABE and scores the following recommended levels:
    • 8th grade level in reading
    • 7th grade level in math
  • The Option Team meets to discuss placement of student into the Option Pathway and if they are placed, a meeting is held with student and the parent/guardian (see Parent/Student Contract, Alternative Means to Earn High School Credit, Appendix 7).
  • Academic, attendance and behavioral expectations are discussed.
  • Parent/Student Contract is signed (see Student/Parent Application and Contract, Appendix 7, Alternative Means to Earn High School Credit)
  • Student is required to take any grade level assessments required by the state.
  • Student may not be taken out of the participation numbers.

Resources/Forms for Option Teachers

Alternative Means to Earn High School Credit, Option Pathway Manual (revised October 2015)


Option Data Sheet (must be submitted annually by Option teachers in December and May)

Instructions for Completing the Option Data Sheet

Parent Permission for Student TABE Testing (parent/guardian signature required before administering the TABE test) - original must be kept in student file

Student/Parent Application and Contract (parent/guardian and student signatures required before enrollment in Option Pathway) - original must be kept in student file

Student Application and Contract for Juvenile Centers (student signature required; parent/guardian signature recommended if possible) - original must be kept in student file

TASC Test Record Worksheet (use to keep track of student's credits/grades as they complete the Option 1 program; once all program requirements are completed, submit to the person who is responsible for inputting grades/credits in WVEIS)

Option Pathway General Release of Information (optional)

Links to Free Online Resources

LearningExpress Library - Logon to the website at and click on the link to LearningExpress Library 3.0
This free online software offers a TASC Preparation course as well as full-length practice tests which may be used to help students prepare to take the TASC test. In addition, this software offers a host of other courses including computer literacy.

Kahoot - Free online game-based software that makes learning fun. Create discussions, surveys, or quizzes quickly and easily.