High Schoolers Earn Credit for Tutoring Younger Students
By: Sheila McCrea - Friday, July 31, 2020

STATEHOUSE – When students begin school in the coming weeks, a new opportunity to fulfill graduation requirements will be available to high school juniors and seniors to tutor younger students, according to State Representatives Ben Smaltz (R-Auburn) and Denny Zent (R-Angola).

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.

This is a creative option to help children who may be experiencing the very real effects of learning loss. 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.

Smaltz and Zent supported 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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