INDIANAPOLIS – As of Wednesday, December 6th, 2017, Indiana graduating classes in 2023 and onward will have to meet different requirements to graduate as students before them. “Graduation Pathways” was approved by the Indiana State Board of Education (ISBOE) with a 7 to 4 vote.
Students will be required to meet the statutorily defined diploma credit and diploma requirements to receive a high school diploma. They will also need to learn employability skills standards through locally developed programs. Employability skills are demonstrated by one the following: project-based learning experience or service-based learning experience or work-based learning experience.
Lastly, students will need to prove postsecondary-ready competencies such as at least one of the following: Fulfill all requirements of either the Academic or Technical Honors diploma or ACT or SAT or ASVAB or state- and industry-recognized credential or certification or state-, federal-, or industry-recognized apprenticeship or career.
To help implement and to provide success for this change and for the students who will be graduating (who are 8th graders for the 2018-2019 school year), The Graduation Pathways Panel (GPP) is recommending the inclusion of career awareness and exploration at the middle elementary (grades 3 through 5) and middle school (grades 6 through 8) levels.
The Graduation Pathways—flexible through graduation—should be preceded by a series of
purposeful activities during middle school and high school, including but not limited to: Career exploration courses (e.g., Exploring College & Careers, Preparing for College & Careers), career interest assessments (e.g., Indiana Career Explorer, Naviance, ASVAB Career Program) and consultations with school counselors.
More information about requirements and criteria will be released in the coming months as strategies, implementation, updates and recommendations are finessed by the GPP and the ISBOE.