That's the focus of today's article in The Seattle Times, which looks at several districts north of Seattle where credit deficiencies threaten graduation plans -- not the WASL. In Marysville, the district reports there are about 10 times as many students that are not on track to graduate due to credits rather than WASL scores.
High school principals: Is this something you're seeing in your own schools?
"It's not these other factors that are impeding students from graduating — it's the low credits," [Ray Houser, Marysville executive director of teaching and learning] said.
"We realize that it's not necessarily the assessment or the state requirements, but the inability to successfully navigate the classes," he said.