Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Alternative Pathways

Students who entered grade 9 after July 1, 2014, are the first to earn diplomas under the new graduation requirements. In addition to satisfying the high school curriculum requirements, students in Ohio must meet one of three existing pathways to earn a high school diploma. 

To support the transition to new requirements, the General Assembly approved temporary graduation options for students in the class of 2018. Recent legislation extended additional graduation options to the classes of 2019 and 2020. Please note, state law modified the criteria available for the class of 2020 and not all of the original criteria are available to students in the class of 2020.

The Department expects most students will meet one of the three existing pathways, and districts should continue to work with students, as appropriate, to meet these requirements. The additional options below provide an opportunity for students who do not otherwise meet one of the three existing pathways to graduation to earn a diploma. 

Current Ohio law requires students in the classes of 2021 and beyond to meet one of the original three pathways to qualify for a high school diploma. As an update, legislation also directs the Department to present a long-term proposal for graduation requirements for the classes of 2021 and beyond to the General Assembly by April 1, 2019. 

CLICK HERE to read about FAQs regarding additional graduation options for the classes of 2018-2020 

CLICK HERE to read about the two additional graduation options for the class of 2020 

Graduation Requirements

CLICK HERE to read information from the Ohio Department of Education about the current graduation requirements.

End of Course State Tests

For each of the seven end-of-course state tests, a student earns one to five graduation points. Students have the potential to earn a total of 35 points. To meet this graduation option, a student must earn a minimum number of 18 points from all tests. CLICK HERE for more information.
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