While on my course to graduate, I have had to take many different classes. Some I have enjoyed more than others, while some have been downright mind numbing. To graduate, every high school student in Utah must take a set of required classes beyond the core classes. These required, non-core classes consist of Financial Literacy and Computer Technology to name a few. While there is value in both classes and the other classes required to graduate, students should have the option to test out of non-core required classes.
In taking Financial Literacy, I often found myself bored with the curriculum. I would go through whole class periods on my phone, and when the time for the test came I would take it and set the high for the class. My intent is not to be braggadocios, but rather to point out a flaw in the current system. The Financial Literacy class took a whole semester out of my schedule for me to essentially review material that I already knew. While this may not seem like a lot for some students, for others it can be the difference between being able to take a band, choir, or other class they feel passionately about.
With the ability to test out of these classes like Financial Literacy, students would be able to take other classes that would help them on their path not only in high school, but in their future careers. Having the option to test out of these classes would allow for students who already know the material to take classes that are more beneficial. As for students who cannot test out of the class, they will be required to take it and at the end of the semester pass the test. Creating an option to test out would be easy for all parties. At the end of the semester, the state requires all students in classes like Financial Literacy to pass a “State Competency Test.” By offering the State Competency Test before students enroll in the class, students and counselors can work together to see if these classes should be required.