INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WLFI) — The State Board of Education has just approved new graduation requirements for Indiana high schoolers.
They will go into effect starting in 2019, for the freshman class.
One of the biggest changes is adding a requirement for employability skills.
Students meet that requirement through project, service, or work-based learning experiences.
It also includes a system of so-called "graduation pathways."
Each pathway has slightly different requirements based on what students want to do after high school.
“I am excited for the opportunities these new pathways will provide Hoosier students,” said Dr. Byron Ernest, chairman of the Graduation Pathways Panel. “They will go a long way to ensure our students are truly prepared for success in whatever they choose to pursue after high school.”
Highlights of Indiana’s New Graduation Pathways include:
• 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.
• Local Flexibility: The new pathways give schools and districts the flexibility to design and offer courses and experiences that are aligned to locally identified priorities and community needs.
• Relevancy: Because students will get to select the path that makes the most sense for their goals after high school, their high school experience is more relevant to them personally.
• 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.
• Workforce-Aligned: The new pathways are designed to ensure today’s students gain the skills and traits they need to be successful in our rapidly-changing, modern economy—including a strong academic foundation, intellectual curiosity and a passion for lifelong learning.
• Rigor: To address the skills gap and ensure all students are prepared to succeed, we need to establish higher expectations for all students—with the foundational belief that every student is capable of achieving personal success. These new pathways strike the right balance of higher expectations for all students with more individualized options to meet every student’s unique needs and goals.
Read Indiana’s new graduation pathways online here.