In the Anderson Herald Bulletin, CNHI statehouse reporter Maureen Hayden writes:
Legislation signed into law by Gov. Mike Pence will require high schools throughout Indiana do a better job of determining whether their students are ready to go college.
The new law, House Enrolled Act 1005, was prompted in part by research that shows thousands of high school graduates, including those who graduated with academic honors, had to take basic remediation courses in math and English as college freshman.
Starting next school year, high schools will have start identifying 11th graders who are at risk of failing their senior-year graduation exams or need remedial classes before beginning college work for credit. The law also requires high schools to start providing extra help to those students in their senior year…Every year, more than 10,000 college freshman who’ve graduated from Indiana high schools are required to take remedial classes that give them no college credits but cost the same as a for-credit course, according to the Indiana Commission on Higher Education.
We’ve reported on Indiana’s graduation exams, the End of Course Assessments, in algebra and English and how difficult it is for state and local educators to track students’ academic progress once they reach high school.
The issue of preparing students for life after high school has been of concern to House Education Committee Chair Bob Behning, R-Indianapolis. He introduced legislation designed to make it tougher for students to earn high school diplomas without passing the state’s graduation exams.