Lebanon Reporter

State News

September 24, 2012

Panel eyes new approach for Indiana high school seniors

Plan emphasizes college credit courses and remediation

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INDIANAPOLIS —

  • Indiana schools should integrate the final year of high school with the initial year of postsecondary education for high school students who consistently demonstrate proficiency of college- and career-readiness academic standards.
  • Schools should increase dual-credit enrollment so two-thirds of Indiana students will leave high school with at least six college credits.
  • Schools should identify those students unprepared for postsecondary education and training and use the final year of high school to provide remediation.
  • Indiana should increase the use of technology, nontraditional schools and accelerated pathways to increase opportunities for students to either get a jump on college or to hasten the remediation work they need to do to catch up.

The commission also recommended increasing training and education opportunities for people already in the workforce, including specific recommendations for tax incentives for businesses that hire new workers and provide additional training for their current employees.

The committee considering the recommendations, the Interim Study Committee on Economic Development, is scheduled to meet again Oct. 11 at the Statehouse.

Maureen Hayden covers the Statehouse for the CNHI newspapers in Indiana. She can be reached at maureen.hayden@indianamediagroup.com

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