Beginning with the graduating class of 2023, Indiana high schools students must satisfy all three of the following Graduation Pathway Requirements by completing one of the associated Pathway Options:
- Earn one of the following High School Diploma designation options:
- General Diploma;
- Core 40 Diploma;
- Academic Honors Diploma;
- Technical Honors Diploma.
- Learn and Demonstrate one of the following Employability Skills options:
- Completion of a project-based learning experience;
- Completion of a service-based learning experience ;
- Completion of a work-based learning experience.
- Demonstrate one of the following Postsecondary-Ready Competencies:
- Honors diploma: Fulfill all requirements of either the Academic or Technical Honors diploma;
- ACT: Earn the college-ready benchmark scores;
- SAT: Earn the college-ready benchmarks scores;
- Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB): Earn at least a minimum Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT) score to qualify for placement into one of the branches of the US military;
- State- and Industry-recognized Credential or Certification;
- State-, Federal-, or Industry-recognized Apprenticeship;
- Career-Technical Education Concentrator: Earn a C average or higher in at least six (6) high school credits in a career sequence;
- AP/International Baccalaureate/Dual Credit/Cambridge International courses or College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Exams: Earn a C average or higher in at least three (3) courses;
- Locally created pathway that earns the approval of the State Board of Education by meeting its framework.
See also Graduation.
- Students need to only complete one bullet under each of the 3 options listed above.
- Both Honors diplomas satisfy both the diploma and postsecondary-ready competency requirements. This is because both Honors diplomas require a minimum of 47 high school credits and include postsecondary-ready competencies.
- Q: I have a few seniors that earned the required score on the ASVAB, will have completed a CTE concentrator by the end of the year, and earned dual credits in 3 courses. On the end of the year INTERS report, I have to report which students graduated using a CTE concentrator. My question is, is there any advantage/disadvantage to reporting these students that fulfilled two or three of the postsecondary competencies one way or the other? I know we get money for students that take CTE courses, so I got to thinking about graduating with a CTE concentrator and if there’s any advantages to that. Does that make sense? Does it matter which postsecondary competency I report to the state?
- A: I reached out to our local career center (Area 30) where we send a lot our students half day. This is what she said:
Hi Hannah, the concentrator status is something we report to the state through our inters reporting system so we would need to know if any students who did not come to Area 30 were concentrators. We used to get money for concentrators but that was removed from the state budget this year. We do get to count your concentrators as a positive on our report but as far as counting them on the grad pathway report it does not make a difference to us.
- A: As far as I know , there is no advantage. One disadvantage I have heard is for “too many” students to graduate with the ASVAB requirement and if so, they will probably eventually take it away. So last year if any kid earned an ASVAB score and another requirement, I always listed the other requirement.
- A: I reached out to our local career center (Area 30) where we send a lot our students half day. This is what she said:
- Q: Looking for computer-based record keeping strategies regarding Graduation Pathways.
- A: We have Harmony 3, and I am happy with it. They have updated it for Graduation Pathways. We can document Box 1, 2, 3 and there is the option to upload student documents, employer verification, etc.
- A: We keep hearing that PowerShool is supposed to have a Graduation Pathways page soon, but I haven’t seen anything yet. Right now, we’re tracking by hand because our district doesn’t want to pay for the tracking program we found since PowerSchool has said they might have something
- A: We are using SFS (Standard For Success). We use SFS for our evaluation system and they developed a program to track pathways that pulls data from your SMS (we use PowerSchool). You have to purchase the program, but so far I think it’s going to be a huge help.
- A: I made this google doc. We input the information into Harmony but I like to see it all together in one spot instead of looking at each student individually.
- We use PowerSchool and have created a field for the new information.
- Questions and responses regarding reporting in InTERs (Counselor Talk, June 2013):
- If we have student that transfers from my school to another, they get an email that the data doesn’t validate the GR data – do I have to fix the issue or can the new school fix the issue based off my transcript? Either can fix it. It really should be fixed by the district that taught the student the missing course but it could be either way.
- How will we know if other schools have correctly documented the Inters report? The GR report will be generating kickback emails when the InTERS data doesn’t validate the GR data.
- Can we correct the report if the state reporting is incorrect if we have documentation stating otherwise? There will be time allowed to make corrections to either the GR or InTERS or both.
- Will we have to contact the student and let them know they are undergraduated? No, this will not impact students that have graduated. Only the school grad rate.
- How does THAT impact students heading to further education and state financial aid? No impact.
- From IDOE Office of Career and Technical Education (April 2019): For the graduation pathways-CTE concentrator pathway, as you know, the student must show as a concentrator in InTERS. Now, also, each student opting in for this graduation pathway must be marked in InTERS as opting into this pathway and whether or not they are opting into Perkins 4 or Perkins 5. Keep in mind, this only has to be done for those students that opt in. You can access InTERS through your area CTE director or by contacting Chris Deaton (at DOE) at email@example.com. The InTERS system can be found at https://cte.inters-dwd.com/
- Question: I have a question about project-based learning. It is my understanding that there is research involved and the a presentation of the project. I am trying to find out if 4H projects will work. I know that not all are presented in person, but trying to see if completing the project and having it judged would work for this box? I know some are actually presented, but what about those that are not presented?
- Response: All projects in 4-H are completed during a sustained period of time and have an end product. That is enough to qualify it for project-based. All 4-H projects include record sheets you can use for verification OR a pic of the project would work too!
- Question: If anyone’s school does service projects, could you please send me a list of some of the activities that have been done in your school?
- Response: You can find project ideas on the generationon.org website. Click here to go to the project idea page. I am the INSPIRE3 Northeastern Indiana Field Rep (INSPIRE was formerly called generationOn Indiana). My role is to share service learning resources with schools. Everything we share is free, plus we have mini grants to support your service learning projects!
- Question: I just want to clarify because it was my understanding that in order to qualify for the concentrator, not only did the student need to complete the courses that are listed in the documentation provided by IDOE, but these courses must also be taught by a vocationally licensed teacher
- Response: There are two different course codes for Anat and Phys: one code is non-CTE, and the other is CTE. If you are not offering a CTE Health Science program, then use the non-CTE code. All CTE courses should be taught by someone with the appropriate industry experience, background, or credentials. A teacher will need to have the appropriate license identified in the assignment code for CTE courses…those course codes are what we use to track CTE funding, concentrator status, among many other items for state and federal reporting purposes. (From Stefany Deckard, IDOE, Feburary 2019)
- Question: I have a Junior who is planning to graduate at the end of this year who has not passed one part of ISTEP+. Can she graduate early using Graduation Pathways? (Counselor Talk, January 2019)
- Response (Ben Carter, IDOE): Students are able to graduate early utilizing Graduation Pathways (successfully completing each part of Grad Pathways). However, students are not allowed to utilize a Graduation Pathways Waiver to graduate early. If using the Graduation Pathways Waiver students must complete their Senior year.
- Indiana State Board of Education Course Sequence for Concentrator Status 12 12 18
- IDOE Memo Concentrator Courses_December 2018
- Question: We have a 5th senior who is part of the class of 2018 cohort. Can those students graduate via pathways? (Counselor Talk, November 2018)
We understood that 5th year seniors are under the ECA umbrella and must either pass or earn their waiver for the ECA. Thye CAN NOT graduate via the pathways program.
Yes, if your school board approved the pathways
It only starts with the class of 2023.
We were told “yes”…please let me know if you find out otherwise.
I think “yes”, because students in Class of 2018 could.
Yes, we graduated kids last year with pathways instead of waivers if they qualified.
- ECA cohorts CAN opt into the grad pathways. (Counselor Talk, November 2018)
- Question: What other high schools are NOT ISTEP TESTING juniors or seniors that passed the ASVAB and meet the other requirements of the Graduation Pathways? (Counselor Talk, November 2018)
- Response: Responses From Counselor Talk
- Regarding Project Based Learning (from Counselor Talk, November 2018)
- We actually just completed our PBL today, the project is in it’s 21st year! I’ve had other local schools ask for this information, I’ve included the google doc below (see RESOURCES). I asked Ben Carter for his thoughts on our project, he said to count this as a best practice, students would need to go into the field and job shadow after interviews. I also clarified how we track this because we don’t want to keep copies of the portfolio. This project is counted as a test grade in the senior English class, Ben said recording the grade in the grade book and outlining the rubric in the syllabus counts for tracking. (Seeger High School)
- The PLTW Biomedical Medical 2nd year course (MI) requires student to develop a research project that they have to formally present to a group of STEM professionals. The PowerPoint serves as evidence or a work product of the real work which is the creation of an innovative idea presented to an outside group which is what PBL is all about (see RESOURCES below). (Blackford High School)
- From Amanda Culhan, IDOE, August 2018:
- Graduation Pathway information and resources are now posted to this website: https://www.doe.in.gov/graduation-pathways.The State Board of Education approved the graduation pathways in December, which you can find here.The State Board approved the guidance, which you can find posted to the Graduation Pathways page. Also included on this page are the appendices and resources section of the guidance document.Graduation Pathways are required for the graduating class of 2023 (current 8th graders).Students in cohorts prior to 2023, may graduate using the graduation pathways in lieu of the graduation exam, if the school makes the graduation pathways available as an option prior to the 2023 cohort. To graduate using the graduation pathways, the student would need to meet all three boxes (checking off one item per box (diploma requirements, employability skills, and postsecondary-readiness competencies)).I would suggest reading through the guidance document as it is pretty detailed and provides examples and resources. The trickiest requirement is the employability skills/box 2 but there are guidelines and examples of what would qualify.If you have questions, we have a general help email here: DOEGradpathways@doe.in.gov
- The Graduation Pathways requirements will start with freshmen beginning high school in 2019-20. This is the graduating class of 2023.
- Students graduating in 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, or 2022 may satisfy graduation requirements by either passing the current graduation qualifying exams (ISTEP 10 or ECAs) or completing the Graduation Pathways. The option to satisfy graduation requirements through completion of the Graduation Pathways is dependent upon whether the student’s school makes this opportunity available.
- Q: With the new Indiana Graduation Pathway requirements, it doesn’t appear that there are currently state testing requirements. If this is so, will this potentially benefit students that have struggled with passing state required exams? A: Students will still have to take a test for accountability purposes. The test for accountability (and graduation if not using pathways) is the ISTEP+ grade 10 in ELA and Math through the class of 2022. The graduating class of 2023 will take a college entrance exam for accountability purposes – as juniors during the 2021-22 school year. The college entrance exam is also an option under box 3 of the pathways. So, if using the graduation pathways to graduate, students won’t need to pass a state assessment but they will have to continue to take one for accountability purposes. (Amanda Culhan, School Counseling Specialist, Indiana Department of Education, July 2018)
- CTE Concentrator Status – IDOE Memo. In light of recent and frequent changes to state policy regarding CTE Concentrator status, schools pursuing the CTE Concentrator pathway as a means to meet high school graduation postsecondary readiness competencies will be allowed a grace period to adjust to these changes.
- CTE Pathways Webinar
ADDED – January 2019
- Materials for Current 8th Grade Students (2023 Cohort) – Blackford High School
ADDED – November 2018
- IDOE Graduation Pathways website
- Indiana CTE Concentrator Pathways
- Graduation Pathways Waiver of Postsecondary option
- IDOE Graduation Pathways – Guidance final.v7
- IDOE Graduation Pathways Policy Guidance – Appendices.v5
- IDOE Graduation Requirements for 2019-2022 Cohorts
- IDOE Graduation Waivers for 2019-2022 Cohorts
- IN Federal Apprenticeships List
- Parent Toolkit from IDOE
- Sample Forms & Checklists
- Beech Grove Student Community Service Form
- Blackford High School Employability Skills Chart
- Blackford High School Work Product – Sports Recommendation and Skills Checklist
- Blackford High School Work Product – Student Council Participation
- Blackford High School Work Product – Key Club Service Based Learning
- Blackford High School Work Product – JROTC Employability Skills
- Blackford High School Work Product – HOSA Recommendation and Skills Rubric
- Blackford High School Work Product – WBL Workplace Skills Evaluation
- Blackford High School Work Product – Employer Verification Letter
- Bluffton HS Emp Skills Verification Form
- Crown Point HS Comm Svc Hours Guidelines
- Crown Point HS Comm Svc Verfication Form
- Crown Point HS Emp Skills Verification
- Crown Point HS Emp Verification Form
- Crown Point HS Graduation Pathway Checklist
- Crown Point HS Graduation Pathway Community Service Form (18-19)
- Student/Parent checklist
- Credit/pathway tracking
- Greenfield Central Employment verification
- Greenfield Central Graduation Pathways – SBL (1)
- Greenfield Central Graduation Requirements duplex
- Greenfield Central Graduation Pathways – PBL (1)
- Greenfield Central Graduation Pathways – WBL (1)
- Greenfield Central Postsecondary-Readiness Waiver
- Grad Pathways Checklist Form
- Graduation Pathways Checklist Form
- Kokomo High School – DWD Workforce Ready Competencies and Box 2 verification form (Both “Box 2 Verification Form” and the “DWD Workforce Ready Competencies” are backsided and given to coaches, sponsors, bosses, etc to verify that the student has met the DWD competencies by participating in the activity and that they have some way to prove that)
- Kokomo High School – ISTEP Opt Out (The ISTEP Opt Out form is given to student who will be graduating under pathways instead of ISTEP)
- Seeger High School PBL Portfolio Requirements and Senior Interview
- IDOE Grad Pathways Presentation (PowerPoint) (October 2018)
- Diploma Flow Chart 2018 and Graduation Pathway Checklist (Word version)
- State Board of Education Graduation Pathways Policy Guidence, Version 7 (July 11, 2018)
- Guidance Doc for Grad Pathways – this is version 4.
- Grade 8 Parent Night Diploma Requirements Class of 2023
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