Indiana considering new requirements for high school graduates

New recommendations are being submitted for what Indiana students will need to do to graduate from high school.

A panel is putting the finishing touches on those recommendations Tuesday.

The panel is considering several changes.

Applied learning experience

The panel is proposing that students get 'applied learning' experience before they graduate high school. This could come in the form of a service-learning project, extracurricular activities, an internship, or an after-school job.

College/career readiness

Another proposal involves making sure that students are prepared for college or a career. Students could do this by completing a certain number of career and technical education courses or earning a work credential recognized by an industry or by the state. 

Students could prove they're ready for college by having success in at least three college level courses, meeting benchmark scores on college-entrance exams, or having a qualifying score on the military's aptitude test.

For students who don't meet the above requirements, waivers are being considered for students who can demonstrate they have a plan following graduation, including enrollment into a post-secondary education or training program, military enlistment, or proof of employment.

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(This story was originally published November 7, 2017)


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