Beginning in 2023, a diploma will no longer be enough for high school students to graduate.
The Indiana Board of Education voted yesterday 7-4 to approve new graduation requirements for Indiana students. Students will now have to complete a series of tasks to prove college or work force readiness through projects, employment or exams.
According to Dr. Steve Yager, a member of the board, nearly 80 educators, parents, and tax payers testified in opposition, saying the requirements are difficult to understand.
Superintendent Wendy Robinson of Fort Wayne Community Schools agrees.
"The seven who voted yes turned their backs to Indiana learners," Superintendent Robinson said. "People aren't saying throw it all away, all of us want our kids to be ready for work or the higher world of ed, but people are saying pause, step back."
While educators across the state seem to be strongly against this new rule, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and other members of the business community believe these requirements will help better prepare students for the workforce of higher education.
The new requirements seek to ensure that every Hoosier student graduates from high school with a broad awareness of and engagement with individual career interests and associated career options, a strong foundation of academic and technical skills, and demonstrable employability skills that lead directly to meaningful opportunities for postsecondary education, training, and gainful employment. Students in the graduating class of 2023 must satisfy all three of the listed Graduation Pathway Requirements.