INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -
A state panel could back requiring Indiana high school students to get
real-world experience in order to graduate.
learning requirement could be met in multiple ways including participating
in a service-learning project, internship or after-school job, The
Indianapolis Star reported.
“This is very
uncomfortable for some because it is a change in status quo,” said Byron
Ernest, chairman of the panel and member of the State Board of Education.
“But we’ve heard from employers, we’ve heard from students, we’ve heard from
teachers ... that have lots of recommendations that would change the status
committee that includes education, business and workforce leaders has
proposed the requirement as part of a push to modernize the state’s high
school graduation standards.
earlier this year to create the panel in order to address concerns about the
current graduation system. It is considering shifting the emphasis from
getting students ready for college to giving them more career-related
Some panelists said
that some employers have told them the current graduation standards don’t
help students succeed after high school.
“We often get stuck
on how many credits they’re going to graduate with or which state test
they’re going to take and none of those things have any currency outside of
the high school system,” said Jason Bearce, senior associate commissioner of
the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. “If we want to prepare our
students to weather good times and bad times, they need more than just a
The state is also
considering giving graduation waivers to students who can show they’re
college- or career-ready in other ways, such as enrolling in a
post-secondary education program or securing employment.
The panel is
scheduled to meet again on Nov. 7 to prepare a final draft of its
recommendations for the State Board of Education.