Indiana graduation rates have held relatively steady since 2011, fluctuating by small amounts each year.
The Indianapolis not-for-profit helps prepare African-American youth in the fourth grade and higher for academic and career success.
Currently four different diplomas are offered. The bill would require the state board of education to create the “Indiana Diploma” as the state’s new baseline.
Indiana Virtual School has attracted thousands of students but graduated very few. A Chalkbeat Indiana investigation found the school’s founder hired his own company to manage the school, for which it received millions of dollars.
At the new event, more than 7,000 Marion County eighth-graders will get hands-on experience in eight job sectors, aided by some 3,000 volunteers from more than 100 companies.
Statewide, 88.9 percent of students graduated from high school, compared to 89.8 a year earlier. But graduation rates have only fluctuated by about one percentage point up or down since 2011.
The Education Department said Tuesday that the rate for the 2013-14 school year was 87.9 percent in Indiana.
Providence Cristo Rey is one of a handful of Indiana schools with overwhelming numbers of low-income students that is achieving results at least as good as or better than the state average.
Ninety-five percent of students concentrating on career and technical education courses, or CTE, graduate from high school. That compares with a 90-percent graduation rate for all graduates.
Seniors are earning their diploma while receiving a associate’s degree.
The number of Indiana high schools considered "dropout factories" fell by half between 2002 and 2010, from 30 to 15, according to a report released Monday.
Indiana Schools Superintendent Tony Bennett used his second annual assessment of the state's education system to promote a sweeping overhaul approved this year.
The position at United Way of Central Indiana had been vacant because of budget issues.
Indiana's top school official says more students are graduating high school and many schools have closed the achievement
gap between white students and their black peers despite lean funding.