House committee advances Behning's single diploma legislation

House committee advances Behning's single diploma legislation

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Tuesday, January 23, 2018 12:48 pm

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 23, 2018) — The House Committee on Education supported State Rep. Bob Behning’s (R-Indianapolis) legislation on Tuesday that would streamline Indiana’s high school diploma options.

House Bill 1426 would take Indiana’s current four diploma options and create a single diploma with general, Core 40, Core 40 with academic honors or Core 40 with technical honors designations. Behning’s proposal would make the Core 40 designation the default diploma.

“If we’re really serious about preparing students to enter the workforce or college, we need to ensure students leave high school with the necessary skills,” said Behning, chair of the House Committee on Education. “Right now, working toward and obtaining a college-or-career-ready diploma is not a straightforward process for all Hoosier students. We know that one of the barriers for many students achieving the current Core 40 diploma is the Algebra II math requirement, which is not always vital to their post-high school plans. This legislation would give the State Board of Education the flexibility to consider other, more career-appropriate math course requirements.”

Behning’s proposal would also require a nationally recognized college entrance exam like the SAT or ACT to be administered in place of End-of-Course Assessments.

Behning served on the State Board of Education’s Graduation Pathway panel along with education and business leaders from across the state. In November, the panel made several recommendations, including creating a single statewide diploma and replacing ECAs with the SAT or ACT.

Behning’s legislation now moves to the full House for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more. 

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State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 91,

which includes portions of Hendricks and Marion counties. 

A high-resolution photo of Behning can be downloaded by clicking here.

 

PICTURED: State Rep. Bob Behning (R-Indianapolis) presents his legislation creating a single Indiana diploma to the House Committee on Education on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Behning’s legislation can now be considered by the full House.