Indiana approves new high school graduation pathways

Indianapolis, Ind- There is a new pathway for Indiana high school students to graduate.

On Wednesday, the Indiana State Board of Education has approved new graduation pathways and requirements. They will start for the freshman class in 2019.

The pathways were developed by the Graduation Pathways Panel, which gathered input from stakeholders during 30 hours of combined discussion.

They were designed to let students choose from a wide range of options that fit them best and help students prepare for higher education and the work force.

The state has put together a list that highlights the key aspects of the plan.

Highlights of Indiana’s New Graduation Pathways

· 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 gradation pathways online here.

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