West Valley High School says WASL Grad Requirements won't Affect Electives
YAKIMA, Wa - Some technical schools are worried that WASL graduation requirements will put pressure on high schools to cut vocational electives.
School administrators at West Valley High School say they are only trying to better prepare students for higher education, trade school or the work force.
"Right now, the message we're getting is reading, writing, math and science. They've got to have the basics in those," says Jake Hall, an assistant principal at West Valley High School.
He says they are not about to start cutting vocational electives, but admits it's a discussion many other school districts are having.
"That's definitely a concern from some institutions, but we haven't seen it play out yet," says Hall.
Hall says West Valley has added two more electives classes to the curriculum this year, but he says the school is more emphasis reading, writing, math and science. That means students who are not doing well enough in those core classes may not be able to fit an elective class in their schedule.
Some vocational schools have expressed concern because they say some students learn better in vocational electives where they can apply math concepts."I think all students are different individuals and so it's a constant on going conversation, how we can best meet students needs," says Hall.