High school juniors and seniors can now fulfill graduation requirements by tutoring younger students.

During summer break, students can experience some form of learning loss, meaning they do not retain some of the lessons they learned the previous school year, but most are typically able to relearn these lessons quickly. However, because students participated in remote- or e-learning due to COVID-19, a recent NWEA report estimates some children could be starting the 2020-2021 school year up to nearly a full grade level behind their peers in some subjects.

To help bridge this gap, schools can implement the Indiana Department of Education’s newly developed Indiana Tutoring Fellowship, which will fulfill the Service-Based Learning Experience under Graduation Pathway Requirement #2.   

To be eligible to participate in this program, students must be a high school junior or senior, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and be in good behavioral standing. The IDOE recommends tutoring sessions take place virtually, but if students are permitted to meet face-to-face, social distancing must be followed. Tutors will work with students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Not only will this program help bridge the achievement gap that some students may be facing, but it will also provide high schoolers, especially those considering a career as a teacher, the opportunity gain valuable skills.

House Republicans championed the 2017 law creating Indiana’s graduation pathways, which allows students to pursue opportunities that best meet their education and career goals.

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