Lack of credits proves larger hurdle than WASL

Lack of sufficient course credits is the biggest reason some seniors at Olympia, Tumwater and North Thurston high schools won’t graduate on time this year.

Credits are “the overriding reason why students aren’t graduating,” said Suzanne Hall, Tumwater district executive director of student learning. “The number of kids who aren’t graduating because of the WASL is a small number of kids.”

The Washington Assessment of Student Learning — which the class of 2008 was required to pass — had been expected to be a bigger deterrent to graduation before math requirements were eased.

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Featured photo by Steve Herppich.