INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
The State Board of Education approved policy guidance Wednesday for new
graduation guidelines mandating that Indiana high school students do more to
graduate and are ready for college, the workplace or enlisting in the
guidance, approved on a 10-0 vote, will help the Indiana Department of
Education and schools across the state implement the Graduation Pathways
guidelines, which the panel approved in December .
document includes information on how to complete Indiana’s new diploma
requirements and how to make the most of internships and other experiential
Beginning in 2023,
the diploma requirements mean students will have to complete additional
coursework, demonstrate employability skills through service or work
projects, or show they’re ready for college by receiving high scores on
exams that include the SAT and ACT.
Board member Dr.
David Freitas said in a statement that he’s pleased that many school
districts are working to quickly implement the new guidelines, which he said
will get “students thinking about what’s best for their careers after high
Graduation Pathways guidelines are designed to ensure that Indiana students
graduate from high school with a broad awareness of career interests and
options; a strong foundation of academic and technical skills; and
demonstrable employability skills.
Among their goals
are to make sure students are ready to enter the workforce, earn a college
degree or industry-recognized credential, or enlist in the military.
The added rigor has
stoked fears that the graduation rate will plummet and local schools will be
overworked administering the requirements. But others see it as necessary to
ensure students are prepared to head off to college or enter the workplace.
member, Dr. Maryanne McMahon, said the guidance for the new policies was
developed over six months in collaboration with the board, the state
education department and educators and business leaders from around the