Indiana lawmakers seek to halt new graduation guidelines 

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana lawmakers seek a moratorium on federal guidelines that would lower the state’s high school graduation rate.

The Indianapolis Star reports thousands of Indiana diplomas won’t be counted toward the state’s graduation rate under new rules from the U.S. Department of Education and the Every Student Succeeds Act.

The state’s had a nearly 90 percent graduation rate for the class of 2016. The new guidelines wouldn’t have counted about 8,600 general diplomas and would’ve dropped that year’s rate at about 76 percent.

Indiana’s congressional delegation has asked the education department to allow states time to adjust to the guidelines. Lawmakers say halting the legislation would allow current juniors and seniors receive their diplomas without penalty and give lawmakers time to adjust the state’s diploma requirements.

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1 comment

Dah! September 25, 2017 at 7:40 am

Indiana’s congress is trying to ensure all students graduate no matter if they earned it or not? How well is that working really? 90% graduation rate? Just call it 100%. It has no relevance because we don’t keep score…everybody is a winner and everyone gets a trophy. I know a “graduate” of the class of 1998 that can not spell 4 letter words and can not solve basic math problems. He would be considered illiterate by most but he has a high school diploma. He works for temp services and has a new “temp” job constantly. How stupid are we?


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