Starting with the 2012-13 school year, AB1330 adds career technical education (CTE) as an option for pupils to fulfill the existing high school graduation requirement to complete a course in visual or performing arts (VPA) or foreign language. It also requires districts that elect this option to notify parents, teachers, pupils and the public, as specified.
The existing minimum high school graduation requirements include one course in either visual or performing arts or foreign language. This bill adds career technical education to this category as a course option to meet the minimum graduation requirements in lieu of a course in either VPA or foreign language.
Supporters of AB1330 state that the allowing students to enroll in career technical education courses will help them be more engaged in their education and improve graduation rates and enrollment in postsecondary education. Those in opposition state that it could affect eligibility for admission to UC and USC, as foreign language and visual/performing arts courses are required for minimum eligibility for freshman admission to California’s four-year public postsecondary institutions.