Soft Tech Proficiency

The Issaquah School District requires that students will understand and apply current and emerging technologies to extend their personal abilities and productivity. This technology graduation requirement specifies that students must be able to demonstrate a minimum proficiency level in technology.

There are 3 options for students to meet the technology graduation requirement:

1) Software Technology course

The high school Software Technology course includes skill development in Internet, word processing, spreadsheets, database, presentation software, voice recognition, and web page design. The course provides an in-depth exploration in each of the areas listed. Additionally the course satisfies .5 CTE credit.  Students in the class of 2012 and beyond are required to earn 1.0 CTE credits.

The district recommends that students meet this requirement by successful completion of the Software Technology class by the end of their 10th grade year. Should a student's schedule prohibit meeting that timeline the class may be taken during the 11th or 12th grade year.

2) Online Software Tech Online Course

Online Software Tech was designed to match the curriculum taught in the traditional Software Tech course. This course meets the Washington State Career and Technical Education (CTE) standards for Digital Communication Tools and meets the district technology proficiency requirement for graduation. It satisfies .5 credit of the Washington State graduation requirement for occupational education.

Please go to the ISD Online Courses webpage link below to find out additional information about online courses offered by ISD.

ISD Online Software Tech

3) Technology Challenge Test

Students who are already technology proficient may elect to demonstrate their proficiency by taking the Technology Challenge Test. Students, who pass the test are waived from the class, but will not earn the .5 CTE credit.

The Technology Challenge Test requires an 80% score or above to demonstrate mastery of the technology competencies and earn exemption from the Software Technology class. The test is composed of 51 task based questions on Microsoft Office 2007 (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access), 4 multiple choice questions about online safety and privacy, and the creation of a one page web site which includes a hyperlink, graphic, and basic formatting using Word or Notepad. There will be three rounds of testing offered to students this school year. Students may take the test once during each round of testing.

Round One: January-February
Round Two: March-April
Round Three: August - this round is reserved for students new to the district and to students who took the test during Round One or Two and did not pass.

Students interested in taking the Technology Challenge Test have access to an online tutorial. The tutorial is designed to prepare students for the test.


Please go to the ISD Technology Connect website link below to get directions for how to register for the test, dates test is available, and link to tutorial.

Technology Challenge Test Website