Fewer tests more "pathways" State of IN changes graduation requirements

Mindy Sparks
December 7, 2017

IN high school students will have new requirements to graduate, starting with the class of 2023.

The State Board of Education has just approved new graduation requirements for IN high schoolers.

It also includes a system of so-called "graduation pathways".

Under the new requirements, students will have to complete coursework, demonstrate employability skills or show they're post-secondary ready through exams. "They will go a long way to ensure our students are truly prepared for success in whatever they choose to pursue after high school".

The plan is to let the students pick a pathway tailored to their interests and abilities.

Williams-Robbins told the board that FWCS already has opportunities for students to earn a diploma requiring rigorous academic achievement, but the district would like to maintain local control over the graduation requirements, Cain said.

Students who have difficulty meeting all of the requirements of the Core 40 diploma now also can graduate with a general diploma.

The pathways were developed by the Graduation Pathways Panel, a SBOE subcommittee, which gathered input from hundreds of stakeholders during 30 combined hours of discussion over the past year. Getting an after school job or participating in meaningful volunteer experiences would check that off the list.

Currency: The new pathways give students something of value and meaning to be used to help them succeed in the next step along their personal journey-whether it's more education and training or a career. Board members said it would be up to the state legislature to make changes to diploma requirements.

Many educators believe the new requirements discriminate against special needs students and those with English as a second language.

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