Criteria for Diploma with Honors for the Graduating Class of 2012 and Beyond

Effective for the graduating class of 2012, the State Board of Education adopted revised criteria for the Diploma with Honors at its January 2012 board meeting.

Beginning with students starting in high school in the fall of 2008, students must complete one of three pathways to qualify for the Diploma with Honors. The criteria for the Academic Pathway remain unchanged from 2007. The criteria for the Career-Technical Education Pathway include "advanced science" courses that qualify as part of the science requirement. A third pathway has been established for students who have completed the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program as qualifying criteria for the Diploma with Honors.

Procedurally, the awarding of the new Diplomas with Honors has not changed. School counselors and parents are encouraged to review the qualifying criteria found in the link below to direct the graduating class of 2012 and beyond in taking the appropriate coursework.

The student who completes the high school Academic Pathway must meet at least seven of the following eight criteria:

  1. Earn four units of English;
  2. Earn at least four units of mathematics which shall include algebra I, algebra II, geometry and another higher level course, or a four-year sequence of courses which contains equivalent content;
  3. Earn at least four units of science including one unit of physics and one unit of chemistry;
  4. Earn four units of social studies;
  5. Earn three units of world languages (must include no less than two units for which credit is sought), i.e., three units of one world language or two units of two different languages;
  6. Earn one unit of fine arts;
  7. Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a four-point scale up to the last grading period of the senior year; or
  8. Obtain a composite score of 27 on the American college testing services' ACT assessment (excluding the optional writing test) or a combined score of 1210 on the College Board's SAT verbal and mathematics sections (excluding the required writing section).

The student who completes an intensive Career-Technical Education Pathway must meet at least seven of the following eight criteria:

  1. Earn four units of English;
  2. Earn at least four units of mathematics which shall include algebra I, algebra II, geometry and another higher level course, or a four-year sequence of courses which contains equivalent content;
  3. Earn at least four units of science, including two advanced sciences;
  4. Earn four units of social studies;
  5. Earn four units in a career-technical education program that leads to an industry-recognized credential, results in an apprenticeship or is part of an articulated career pathway, which can lead to post secondary credit. If the student's program design does not provide for any of these outcomes, then the student must achieve the proficiency benchmark established for the applicable Ohio career-technical competency assessment or the equivalent;
  6. Achieve the proficiency benchmark established for the Ohio Career-Technical Competency Assessment (available at http://www.webxam.org/info_docs.asp, with additional content available by clicking here ) or equivalent assessment aligned with state-approved and industry validated technical standards;
  7. Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale up to the last grading period of the senior year; or
  8. Obtain a composite score of 27 on the American college testing service's ACT assessment (excluding the optional writing test) or a combined score of 1210 on the college board's SAT verbal and mathematics sections (excluding the score obtained on the required writing section).

The student who completes the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program Pathway must meet at least seven of the following eight criteria:

  1. Earn four units of English, plus the two required International Baccalaureate essays;
  2. Earn at least four units of mathematics which shall include algebra I, algebra II, geometry, and another higher level course, or a four-year sequence of courses which contains equivalent content;
  3. Earn at least four units of Science including biology, chemistry and at least one additional advanced science;
  4. Earn four units of Social Studies;
  5. Earn four units minimum of Foreign Languages, including at least two units in each language studied;
  6. Earn one unit of Fine Arts;
  7. Maintain an overall high school grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale up to the last grading period of the senior year;
  8. Obtain a composite score of 27 on the American college testing services' ACT assessment (excluding the optional writing test) or a combined score of 1210 on the College Board's SAT verbal and mathematics sections (excluding the required writing section).

To satisfy the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Program, the student also must complete criterion-referenced assessments in a minimum of six academic disciplines. Additionally, the International Baccalaureate track to the Honors Diploma requires full completion of all requirements for an IB Diploma Program including the Theory of Knowledge Course in metacognition, the Extended Essay project and the 150-hour Creativity, Action and Service (Service-Learning) requirement.

Criteria for Diploma with Honors for the Graduating Class of 2012 and Beyond Documents

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