The Indiana State Board of Education has set the groundwork for the Graduation Pathways Panel. The group was established earlier this month to review the graduation pathway requirements included in House Enrolled Act 1003, which also replaces the ISTEP test next year.
The new law provides multiple options, or pathways, for students to graduate from high school, rather than taking a graduation exam. Some of the pathways suggested in the bill include:
- End of course assessments measuring academic standards in subjects determined by the state board
- International baccalaureate exams
- Nationally recognized college entrance assessments
- Advanced placement exams
- Assessments necessary to receive college credit for dual-credit courses
- Industry recognized certificates
- The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery
The panel, consisting of nine members, will meet eight times between August and November. The meetings will consist of discussions with partner groups representing businesses and higher education institutions, parents, teachers, counselors and school leadership.
A draft of the panel’s recommendations is expected in October, which will be followed by public comment. The panel is expected to approve its final recommendation in November and present it to the board the following month.
All of the meetings are set to take place at the State Library. The meeting dates and topics include:
- Thursday, August 10 – Setting the Panel’s values and vision; Discussion with Business and Higher Education
- Tuesday, August 22 – Discussion with Parents and Advocates
- Tuesday, August 29 – Discussion with Teachers and Counselors
- Tuesday, September 19 – Discussion with School Leaders
- Tuesday, September 26 – Discussion with Technical Specialists
- Tuesday, October 10 – Drafting the recommendations
- Tuesday, October 17 – Public comment on draft recommendations
- Tuesday, November 7 – Final recommendation
You can read more about the graduation pathways in House Enrolled Act 1003, which can be accessed by clicking here.