Board of Ed Approves Graduation Pathways Guidance

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The Indiana State Board of Education has unanimously approved policy guidance for the state's new graduation pathways. The Indiana Department of Education and schools throughout the state will use the document to implement the pathways, which aim to increase student's post-high school readiness. 

The guidance follows six months of meetings with educators and administrators, state agencies and officials, members of the business community, national education and workforce organizations, and higher education leaders. The SBOE says it will provide schools with information, such as: 

  • How to complete Indiana’s new diploma requirements;
  • How to maximize students’ employability experiences, like internships and other experiential learning opportunities; and
  • How to identify postsecondary options that empower students to best prepare for their goals after high school.

"This guidance document provides the information necessary for IDOE and our schools to succeed in implementing Graduation Pathways," said board member Maryanne McMahon. "I’m particularly proud of this document because it was developed collaboratively with the Board, IDOE, educators across the state and leaders from Indiana’s business community."

The SBOE approved the new graduation pathways in December. The effort was designed to give students a more tailored approach to graduating without having to necessarily rely on passing standardized tests. 

In a press release, the board says, "Graduation Pathways ensures every Hoosier student graduates from high school with a broad awareness of their individual career interests and options, a strong foundation of academic and technical skills and demonstrable employability skills that lead directly to meaningful opportunities, such as entering the workforce, earning a college degree or industry-recognized credential or enlisting in the military."

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