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New Indiana Graduation Criteria Starting in 2020

New Indiana Graduation Criteria Starting in 2020Career Technical Education: Will Fulfil These Requirements

Starting with the class of 2022 Indiana high school graduation requirements are going to change. Currently, seniors need to pass the ISTEP 10 and End-of-Course Assessments successfully. Schools need to focus on additional ways to prepare students for life after high school, whether they’re going to a four-year college or take a different route.

Here are the changes for the Class of 2022 and beyond in Indiana.

Academic Credit Criteria

The basic criteria for high school graduation remain the same. Students must have the required academic credits across all their subjects before they’re eligible for graduation. This is the only area that remains unchanged for the Class of 2022 and beyond.

Employability Skills

The first new requirement involves demonstrating employability skills. Students take one of three paths to show that they have developed skills that are desirable in the workforce. Project-based, service-based or work-based learning experiences are all valid ways for students to show what they bring value to a workplace.

A benefit to using this as a high school graduation requirement is that students won’t be entering the workforce without having the skills necessary to thrive in their positions. Learning these skills will prepare students for the real world. As well as getting them to think about their work prospects after they leave high school.

Post-Secondary Competencies

This competency area looks at whether high school students are prepared for their chosen secondary education path. The students have several ways to demonstrate their readiness.

High school graduates with an honors diploma are often well-suited for college coursework at a four-year school. If they take AP classes or other honors level courses, they’re exposed to concepts that typically don’t show up until college courses.

Students opting for a two-year degree or technical work can go through an apprenticeship or take technical career training courses. They get an opportunity to get hands-on experience in a potential career path. They will learn more about it and whether it’s interesting enough to stick with it in the long-term.

Finally, students can still opt to meet college standards by taking the ASVAB, SAT and ACT tests.

The Motivation for the Changes

One of the biggest motivating factors driving these changes is making sure that students can apply what they’ve learned in real-world environments. Critical thinking skills are essential for success in the business world. These skills aren’t conveyed in standardized testing.

The paths students can take to meet these new graduation requirements gives them the chance to customize a plan that guides them into their post-graduation life. Whether they want to take the traditional route of a four-year college or pick up work skills. They have the opportunity to explore different possibilities.

How Fulfills the Employability Skills Requirements will fulfill the employability skills requirement. One way is by teaching students to repair the devices the schools obtain for their tech initiative. Thus they can run the help desk for troubleshooting device software issues. In addition, develop skills to troubleshoot administration issues in the program. By using curriculum to adopt your school’s tech initiative you will meet the new 2020 Grad criteria.

Have questions about how to make this work for your school or school district? Contact us.