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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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Option Pathway allows approved students to participate in the TASC™ testing program at approved locations without being withdrawn from an accredited high school.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).
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:
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.
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)
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)
LearningExpress Library - Logon to the WVInfoDepot.org website at http://wvinfodepot.org/ 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.