-- Indiana lawmakers seek a moratorium on federal guidelines that would
lower the state’s high school graduation rate.
Indiana diplomas won’t be counted toward the state’s graduation rate under
new rules from the U.S. Department of Education and the Every Student
Succeeds Act, the Indianapolis Star reported.
The state had a
nearly 90 percent graduation rate for the class of 2016. The new guidelines
wouldn’t have counted about 8,600 General Diplomas and would’ve dropped that
year’s rate at about 76 percent.
congressional delegation sent a letter this week to U.S. Secretary of
Education Betsy DeVos asking the education department to allow states time
to adjust to the guidelines. Halting the legislation would allow current
juniors and seniors to receive their diplomas without penalty and give
lawmakers time to adjust the state’s diploma requirements, lawmakers said.
“This sudden and
swift change in definition could have a significant negative impact on
Hoosier families,” said Rep. Jim Banks, R-Columbia City. “Indiana should be
given time to adjust to the new guidance to avoid the negative economic and
educational consequences associated with a sudden and steep drop in high
school graduation rates.”
rates would result in schools receiver lower performance grades. Public
schools which score low could see state intervention, while charter schools
face nonrenewal and private schools may see caps on scholarships.
The state currently
offers three diplomas: the General Diploma, Core 40 and the Core 40 Honors
Diploma. The honors diploma includes academic honors, technical honors and
International Baccalaureate diplomas.