By Juan Macias
Many students ask their educators and fellow peers why portfolios are a requirement to graduate from high school? With many high schools today requiring a portfolio to graduate, it’s no wonder why students are becoming curious. Many students say that portfolios are time consuming, stressful, and in the end, not enough of the required information is put to valuable use. Students are required to have current and past grades, list of classes taken, an introduction essay, resume, and a plethora of past assignments in their portfolio. This doesn’t even include the mass amounts of community service hours that are required from each student as well. Through the many mind boggling times, and countless hours spent finishing portfolio and community service, is the end product useful? Students from Woodlake High School were asked their opinion regarding whether or not portfolios are necessary for graduation requirements.
A junior, Arbol Ortega, a fellow student and Woodlake High School says they are useful in some cases to get job and and possibly to get into college; however, not receiving much help from the teachers and counselors made it difficult, and maybe if they made tutorials on how to perfect their portfolios would be helpful.
Leonel Mercado, also a junior at Woodlake High School, believes they are pointless and worthless. He explains that students shouldn’t be required to fill some binder full with records when the school already has records of their grades, classes, and attendance. He states, “If they were less time consuming a student would gladly get them done with no hassle.”
Mixy Barreto, a soon graduating senior, said that the portfolio helped her to decide what she wants to pursue as her career, as well as what college she would like to attend. She says she wished she started earlier because the process does take time, and she rushed through her portfolio. She believes she could have done better if she would have slowed the process down an bit and really thought about her plans. She says that, “the Graduate Outcome portion appears to be of no use because the colleges look more at your grades and your extracurricular activities, and they don’t bother to look at work you did in ninth, tenth, or eleventh grade.”
Shea Bartlett, another student of the class of 2017, says it helped her with her resume, and opened the door to a variety of colleges that she could attend in the near future. Like many others, she regrets not taking her time on this important requirement. Also she wishes she could have put more effort into certain parts because it really helps students get into colleges and get jobs. Shea says that.” the Graduate Outcome portion is unnecessary because they make no difference when attending a college or filling out your resume.”