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Opt-Out Process for Indiana’s Graduation Requirements Indiana Code 20-32-4-7,8,9,10 
Beginning with students who enter high school in 2007–2008, the completion of Core 40 becomes an Indiana graduation requirement. Indiana’s C40 curriculum provides the academic foundation all students need to succeed in college and the workforce. To graduate with less than C40, the following formal opt-out process must be completed at the High School with a Counselor or Administrator:

  • The student, the student’s parent/guardian, and the student’s counselor (or another staff member who assists students in course selection) meet to discuss the student’s progress.
  • The student’s career and course plan is reviewed.
  • The student’s parent/guardian determines whether the student will achieve greater educational benefits by completing the general curriculum or the Core 40 curriculum. 

If the decision is made to opt-out of C40, the student is required to complete the course and credit requirements for a general diploma and the career/academic sequence the student will pursue is determined.


Core 40 Triggers
The following conditions may trigger a discussion about opting-out of Core 40:

  1. A parent may request that a student be exempted from the Core 40 curriculum and be required to complete the general diploma to graduate
  2. The student does not pass at least three (3) courses required under the Core 40 curriculum,
  3. The student receives a score on the graduation examination that is in the twenty-fifth percentile or lower when the student takes the graduation examination for the first time.

In each case, the student's parent and the student's counselor (or another staff member who assists students in course selection) shall meet to discuss the student's progress. Following the meeting, the student's parent shall determine whether the student will achieve greater educational benefits by: 1. Continuing the general curriculum; or 2. Completing the C40 curriculum.