New Rules for Ohio High School Graduates

There are changes coming to Ohio high school graduation requirements that will affect students beginning with the Class of 2018. Students and their parents are wise to talk to school college counselors for the particulars, but a general overview includes these points:

*A student must take and earn a state minimum of 20 credits in specific subjects. While some districts may require more than 20 credits, the minimum includes

4 credits in English language arts 4 credits in Mathematics 3 credits in Social Studies ½ credit in Health ½ credit in Physical Education 5 credits in Electives, chosen from “one or any combination of foreign language, fine arts, business, Junior ROTC, family and consumer science, technology, agricultural education or English language.

Students must receive instruction in economics and financial literacy, and complete at least two semesters of fine arts courses. The new regulations require that students also choose one of three options to show they are ready for college or a job.

The student must take college and career readiness tests, and earn “remediation-free” scores on either the SAT or the ACT. That means ACT scores of 18 or higher on English, 22 or higher on Mathematics, and 22 or higher on Reading tests Or obtain a score of 430 or higher on the SAT Writing test, 520 or higher on the SAT Mathematics test, and 450 or higher on the SAT Reading Test.

Each school district chooses to administer one of the two tests for Grade 11 students at no cost during a one-time statewide spring test each year. Ohio’s university presidents set these scores, which are subject to change.

The student must earn at least 18 points (out of 35 total) on seven end-of-course tests: Algebra I or Integrated Math I Geometry or Integrated Math II American Government American History English I English II Biology.

Or the student can choose to earn a minimum of 12 points by receiving a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credential or a group of credentials in a single career field. The students must also take a workreadiness test, WorkKeys, and score at least a 13. The State of Ohio will pay for the student to take the test one time.

Each test score earns the student up to 5 graduation points according to this scale: Performance level of 5 indicates Advanced, 4 indicates Accelerated, 3 indicates Proficient, 2 indicates Basic, and 1 indicates Limited. The student must have a minimum of 4 points in Mathematics, 4 points in English, and 6 points across Sciences and Social Studies.