Graduating from high school in Washington today does not mean that you’re ready for college or a career—and that’s a problem.
Washington prides itself on having an innovative and entrepreneurial spirit.
But only 4 in 10 graduating seniors meet the basic admissions requirements to get into an in-state public university. And only 6 in 10 graduating seniors are considered “qualified applicants” by Washington employers.
The truth is that most jobs in Washington require some form of education or training after high school.
But too many students are finishing high school without the skills they need to get into an in-state university or move forward from an entry-level job. And many of those students who do get into a two- or four-year college may need remedial education—basic classes on material that students should have learned in high school.
Nearly 6 out of 10 community college students must enroll in a remedial class. Students and their families spend hard-earned dollars on tuition, while the state spends tens of millions of dollars to subsidize the cost of remedial education.
This is not ok.
That’s why the League of Education Voters (LEV) supports the State Board of Education’s proposal for a 24-credit diploma—a high school diploma aligned to college and career ready standards.
This proposal will be heard Thursday at 10 a.m. in the House Education Committee. HB 2181:
- Increases the number of required electives from 2 to 4, providing students with more choices
- Creates a “Personalized Pathway,” which includes either world language OR courses tied to a student’s career interest
- Expands course equivalency options for students to fulfill math and science credit requirements while pursuing career and technical education coursework
Let’s fix this. Let’s live up to our promise as a smart, innovative state. Let’s make sure students get the knowledge and skills they need to be successful after high school.