Criteria for Diploma with Honors

High school students who exceed graduation requirements in Ohio are eligible to receive an Honors Diploma. Currently, there are three types of Honors Diplomas.

The Academic Honors Diploma requires a student to earn higher level credits or more credits in mathematics, science and social studies. Additionally, the student must earn world language credits and have a 3.5 GPA as well as either an ACT score of 27 or a SAT score of 1210.

The other two types of Honors Diplomas are the International Baccalaureate and Career Technical Honors Diplomas. While similar to the Academic Honors Diploma, there are a few differences.

The International Baccalaureate Honors Diploma requires an additional world language requirement and completion of the International Baccalaureate assessments in at least six academic areas.

The Career Technical Honors Diploma does not require any world language credits but does require four career-technical education credits. The student also must earn an industry-recognized credential or be proficient on an appropriate career-technical assessment.

Students must meet all but one requirement to be eligible for any Honors Diploma.

Proposed Honors Diplomas

On October 18, 2016, the State Board of Education voted to approve the proposed Honors Diploma rule. The Ohio Dept. of Education is filing the proposed Honors Diplomas rule with the Joint Committee on Agency Rule Review (JCARR) in the coming months. The proposed rule language is in this document with an accompanying summary grid.

In addition to adding two newly proposed criteria and three newly proposed honors diploma options, the updated rule reflects new scores and new tests, most notably for the SAT after implementation of changes to the test in March 2016. To find what the equivalent test scores for the old version of the SAT (taken prior to March 2016) are compared to the new SAT scores that are referenced in the proposed rule, please see this concordance table. Further information on test concordance is on the College Board’s website.

The proposed rule will become effective upon completion of the JCARR rulemaking process.

Last Modified: 11/2/2016 3:15:03 PM