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Additional graduation options available for classes of 2019 and 2020

1/7/2019

Students in the classes of 2019 and 2020 now have additional options to satisfy state graduation requirements. 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 the three pathways, 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. 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 to meet these requirements. The additional options below provide an opportunity for students who do not meet one of the three existing pathways to graduation to earn a diploma.
 
Click here to learn more about the graduation options available for the class of 2019. 
 
Click here to learn more about the graduation options available for the class of 2020.
 
Click here to review frequently asked questions about the graduation options available for the classes of 2018-2020.
 
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. New 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.
 
Please review the guidance available at the links above. If you have questions about graduation requirements, call (614) 466-1317 or send an email to gradrequirements@education.ohio.gov.