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A local board of education may adopt a resolution that its district will not provide career-technical education students enrolled in grades 7 and 8. The Ohio Department of Education must receive that resolution by Sept. 30, 2015, in order to grant a waiver to the district for the 2015-2016 school year.

While state legislators passed Ohio’s new high school graduation law in June, they looked to the State Board of Education and Ohio Department of Education (ODE) staff to create the many rules needed to guide local implementation. Since then, ODE staff members and the board’s Graduation Requirements Committee have worked urgently to craft and adopt these many rules and policies. The State Board this week approved two essential elements of the new requirements: the graduation points system and a list of tests students can take in lieu of Ohio’s tests. Here is a summary of the State Board’s major decisions, the steps still needed to finalize the requirements and other related items will be resolved in the coming months.

New Decisions

Graduation points

As one of the three pathways to a diploma, students can accumulate their scores from end-of-course exams. The higher a student scores on any end-of-course exam, the more graduation points he or she earns:

  • Advanced Level = 5 points
  • Accelerated Level = 4 points
  • Proficient Level = 3 points
  • Basic Level = 2 points
  • Limited Level = 1 point

If a student reaches 18 graduation points overall, he or she becomes eligible for a diploma. 

Of these overall points, a student must earn at least four points between the math exams, four points between the English exams, and six points between the science and social studies exams.

Substitute exams

Students in certain courses can take a substitute exam, such as an Advanced Placement (AP) exam, instead of the state’s end-of-course exam. The State Board-approved AP exams may be substitute tests for the following courses:

Physical Science:

  • Advanced Placement Physics 1: Algebra-Based
  • Advanced Placement Physics 2: Algebra-Based

American History:

  • Advanced Placement United States History

American Government:

  • Advanced Placement United States Government and Policy

Retaking exams

A student who scores below Proficient on any end-of-course exam may retake the exam after receiving extra help from the school. A student scoring Proficient or higher can retake an exam only if he or she has taken all seven end-of-course exams and still is below the minimum point requirements. Any student who automatically earned three graduation points from a course can retake the exam for a higher score.

Highest score counts

The highest score a student gets on a test will count. For example, if a student retakes an end-of-course exam, or if he or she takes the college admissions test before or after it is offered by the state, the student’s highest recorded score will count.

Transfer students

Districts will scale down the graduation points requirements for students who arrive at a school with credit for some, but not all, tested courses. However, these students still must earn at least five points between the English II and either the Geometry or Integrated Math II exams.

Students who transfer having taken all of the tested courses will take only the college admissions test (see below for more information on this test). If the student does not reach the score needed for graduation, the student must take the English II and Integrated Math II exams and earn five points between them.

Major Steps Forward

Phase-in exemption and automatic points

If a student earned high school credit for a tested course before July 1, 2014, the student automatically earns three graduation points. Students who earn credit for a first semester block course in American history, American government or physical science before January 31, 2015, will also automatically earn three graduation points. If a student receives automatic points, he or she does not have to take the exam, unless that student chooses to take it. The exemption for block schedule students is part of a rule that will be finalized in December 2014.

Industry credentials
The State Board approved the criteria for the industry credentials a student may use to help qualify for a diploma.

All credentials must be tied to jobs that are in-demand, either statewide or locally. A student can use any credential for graduation that appears on the list during the student’s junior year, even if that credential comes off the list during the senior year. A student may always use new credentials added to the list after his or her junior year. The department will release the first approved credentials list in December 2014.

Future Work

College admissions test

Reaching a remediation-free score on the approved college admissions test (like the SAT or ACT) is one of the pathways to a diploma. The State Board will select a college admissions test in the spring of 2015 to be given to the class of 2018 in the fall of their junior year (2016).

Job skills test

Earning an approved industry credential and achieving a workforce readiness score on a corresponding job skills test, such as the WorkKeys assessment, is one of the pathways to a diploma. The State Board will approve a job skills test in December 2014.

Substitute exams

The State Board will consider more AP exams, International Baccalaureate exams and dual enrollment course exams in the coming months. The department will release the score crosswalk for assigning graduation points for these exams early spring 2016, when all the state and substitute assessment results from 2014-2015 are reported and compared.

The department will continue to provide updates on any new developments. For a comprehensive look at the new graduation requirements, please visit education.ohio.gov. Send questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Terri McDonald 2014 Franklin B Walter award winnerThe 2014 Franklin B Walter Outstanding Educator Award Recipient from the SST Region 6 area is Terri MacDonald.

Many teachers begin their careers hoping to change the lives of each student they have the opportunity to work with and Terri has done that. Terri has been employed by the Madison Champaign Educational Service Center for 8 years as the teacher of their adult transition program. Terri has developed an instructional program that successfully incorporates functional, social and academic instruction into the work setting. By incorporating speech and occupational therapy into the work setting, as well as providing job coaching and opportunities for direction instruction and reflection, Terri’s students graduate from the adult transition program with skills that allow them to successfully work in the community. Terri works tirelessly to help students develop self-advocacy skills, understand the many responsibilities of adult life and collaborate with local agencies to ensure that students graduate with the skills and supports needed to live independently in the community.

The lives of every student enrolled in the MCESC’s adult transition program are better because Terri MacDonald has been in their life. Perhaps the best way to describe Terri is with the following quote: “Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” Terri is a champion for her students and through her every day work, helps them reach goals they may never have thought possible.

Rhett Fogt 2014 R.A. Horn award winner

The 2014 R.A. Horn Outstanding Achievement Award Recipient from the SST Region 6 area is Rhett Fogt.

Rhett Fogt was diagnosed at birth as having a severe to profound sensorineural hearing loss. Rhett is completely independent in the general education classroom with the use of hearing aids and an FM system. He is a very good advocate for himself and will ask for repetition or clarification if he is unable to understand something. Rhett truly is a wonderful example of receiving the benefits of Early Intervention. He is considered to be an above average student in both Math and English-Language Arts. Rhett’s Geometry teacher reports, “Rhett is one of my top participants in class”.

Rhett likes helping others and has a great desire to learn and be successful. Rhett is a wonderful role model for other students in the Deaf/Hard-of-Hearing Unit at Jackson Center School. Rhett also excels in band, sports and student government.

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