By the news article, we don't know whether this protest was initially student-motivated or parent- or teacher-motivated. Anyway, it is true high school students who are passing their classes, but failing the WASL, have a lot to lose by being denied their diplomas. If they fail to win a diploma, the statistic prediction is poor: more likely to be unemployed and on public assistance, and much lower average salaries. Average salaries for young adults are $19,000 no diploma, $26,000 diploma, $31,000 some college, $42,000 college or higher.
Students voice WASL opposition