All students are required to earn 21 credits in grades 9-12 for graduation.
Specific credits required are:
1. English 4 credits
3. Mathematics 4 credits
4. Physical Education 1/2 credit (or PE waiver)
5. Science 3 credits(Physical, Biology,
6. Social Studies
a. World History 1 credit
b. American History 1 credit
c. Gov/Econ 1 credit – (Financial Literacy)
7. Electives 6 credits (6.5 with waiver)
a. Business Foundations 1/2 credit
b. Fine Arts – 2 semesters (Taken between 7th and 12th grades)
The elective credits must include the following:
One or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education or English language arts, mathematics, science or social studies courses not otherwise required.
Students following a career tech pathway are exempted from the fine arts requirement.
End of Course Exams
Students are required to take PARCC/AIR exams (or their Advanced Placement equivalent) in English I, English II, Algebra I, Geometry, Physical Science OR Biology, American History, and American Government.
PATHWAYS TO EARNING A HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA (Class of 2018 and Beyond)
Ohio’s State Tests
Students earn a cumulative passing score of 18 points, using seven end-of-course state tests. To ensure students are well rounded, they must earn a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and six points across science and social studies.
End-of-course exams are:
• Algebra I7 and geometry or integrated math I and II
• American history and American government
• English I and English II
Students studying Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in biology, American history or American government may take and substitute test scores for end-of-course state exams to earn graduation points. Students also may substitute grades from College Credit Plus courses in these science and social studies subjects for end-of-course state exams.
Industry credential and workforce readiness
Students earn 12 points through a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment. The state of Ohio will pay one time for those who take the WorkKeys assessment.
College and career readiness tests
Students earn “remediation-free” scores in English language arts and mathematics on a nationally recognized college admission exam. The state of Ohio will pay one time for all 11th grade students in the classes of 2018 and beyond to take either the ACT or SAT free of charge. The student’s district selection applies to all schools in the district for one school year. Test selection may change from one school year to the next.
OPTION 1 – AVAILABLE TO ALL STUDENTS IN THE CLASS OF 2018.
Students must take and pass courses that constitute the curriculum requirements and take all seven end-of-course exams. If the student receives a score of “1” or “2” on any math or English language arts test, the student must retake the test at least once.
Additionally, students must meet at least two of the below requirements:
Attendance rate of 93 percent during the 12th grade year;
Earn a GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale in all courses completed during 12th grade (must complete at least four full-year courses);
Complete a capstone project during 12th grade that the district or school defines;
During 12th grade, complete a work or community service experience totaling 120 hours that the district or school defines;
Earn three or more College Credit Plus credits at any time during high school;
Earn credit for an Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate course and earn an AP exam score of 3 or higher or IB exam score of 4 or higher at any time during high school;
Earn a WorkKeys exam score of 3 on each of three test sections;
Earn a State Board-approved industry-recognized credential or credentials that equal at least three points;
Meet OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal requirements (under development).
OPTION 2 – AVAILABLE TO THE STUDENTS IN THE CLASS OF 2018 IN CAREER-TECHNICAL PROGRAMS.
Students must take and pass courses that constitute the curriculum requirements and take all seven end-of-course exams. Students must finish a career-technical program that includes at least four courses in a single career pathway and complete at least one of the options below:
Earn a total score of proficient or better based on all career-technical exams or test modules;
Earn an industry-recognized credential or credentials that equal 12 points;
Complete a workplace experience totaling 250 hours with evidence of positive evaluations.