INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Changes to U.S. law may mean thousands of high school
diplomas in Indiana won't be counted toward national graduation rate
Indianapolis Star reports the Every Student Succeeds Act requires states to
report graduation rates in a uniform manner. The act sets rules for how
states hold schools accountable and measure their progress.
The rule change means the General Diploma, one of the three diplomas offered
in Indiana, won't be counted in federal reports. The diploma doesn't qualify
students for college, but more than 8,600 students earned one in 2016.
change in the federal reporting standard means lower graduation rates, which
can affect high schools' state letter grades. Poor grades can lead to state
intervention at public schools or non-renewal for charter schools.