5 things you should know about Indiana education

DIPLOMA CHANGES: As early as fall of 2018, the general diploma could cease to count in the graduation rate the state reports to the federal government because students who earn it won’t be considered graduates. Read more from Chalkbeat, IndyStar, StateImpact and Associated Press.

TAKEOVER SCHOOLS: Indianapolis Public Schools leaders have a plan for closing district high schools. But several schools are actually overseen by the state, and the district will need approval before it makes changes. Read more from Chalkbeat.

SUMMER OUTREACH: Research shows that transferring from school to school can hurt students’ progress, particularly among low-income kids. With just a few weeks left until the start of the school year, one school is going to unusual lengths to make sure its students come back in the fall. Read more from Chalkbeat.

BACKGROUND CHECKS: A new law passed this year will ask schools to do more in-depth background checks of potential employees. Read more from NWI Times.

TAKEOVER: Possible emergency managers for the financially and academically distressed Gary Public School district will present plans for how to right the ship at a meeting this week. NWI Times has more.