high school graduation requirements

Members of a State Board of Education committee tasked with proposing new ways for students to qualify for graduation began sketching their plan Tuesday.

There’s still a lot for the dozen-plus members to sort out before their last meeting next month.

But a list of nine alternative ways students could become eligible for a diploma has begun to take shape. It includes: earning industry-recognized credentials; passing the military entrance exam plus enlisting; and work-based learning with job experience.

Discussion continues on how to overhaul high school graduation requirements to better prepare students for workforce and college.

A 2017 state law calls for rethinking different ways students can prove they are ready to graduate instead of the traditional end-of-course exams required to earn a diploma.

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The State Board of Education voted Wednesday, after rounds of public input and months of study, to not move forward with a re-write of the state’s graduation requirements.

When the State Board of Education first took up the issue of re-writing the state’s diplomas last fall, they were inundated with concerns. Many of these focused on math, fine arts and special education. 

The board created a task force, comprised mostly of educators, to spend more time coming up with the new diploma types.

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Like most high school freshmen, Nash Huffman goes back and forth on what he wants to be when he grows up.

A job at the hospital in his hometown of Noblesville interests him, but today, he really has a knack for reporting, using my microphone to interview his parents:

“So Mommy, tell me about your fears!” he asks his mother, Jan.