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

Olive Hawkins
Декабря 7, 2017

Each pathway has slightly different requirements based on what students want to do after high school.

The Indiana State Board of Education voted 7-4 Wednesday to approve new graduation pathways requirements for Indiana high school students, and many educators are concerned about the many unresolved questions created by the new pathways. Among those voting no was Jennifer McCormick, state superintendent of public instruction.

"I am excited for the opportunities these new pathways will provide Hoosier students", said Dr. Byron Ernest, chairman of the Graduation Pathways Panel.

The new requirements are scheduled to take effect with students graduating in 2023.

Meeting some of the pathway requirements could impact students' participation in community-service work and extracurricular activities, such as athletics, McCormick and area educators said during an information meeting held November 17 at Homestead High School.

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The class of 2023 will be the first to face the new requirements, which are created to give all students the skills and experiences they will need to take the next step in their educational journeys and to secure good jobs.

Individualization: The new pathways move from a one-size-fits-all approach to one where every student chooses a route to graduation that reflects their goals after commencement. "Following hours of public comments and hundreds of emails from parents, teachers, counselors and school administrators, asking members to slow down and figure out the many unknowns, their voices were ignored".

The added rigor has stoked fears that the graduation rate will plummet and local schools will be overworked tracking the requirements.

Students will also still have to meet the current high school diploma standards.

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