Graduation Requirements


These are the new graduation requirements that take effect with the class of 2018. These are students who are entering ninth grade for the first time in the 2014-2015 school year.

Required Courses

The new requirements did not change the current courses or number of course credits that students must complete to be eligible for graduation. View that information here.


In addition to course credits, students will earn points toward graduation on seven end-of-course exams. These exams will replace the Ohio Graduation Tests.

The courses in which students take an end-of-course exam will be: English I and II, algebra I or integrated math I, geometry or integrated math II, physical science or biology, American history and American government. Beginning in 2015-16 districts may have the option to use the state end-of-course exams to replace their current course final exams and use the state’s test as part of the class grade. This will help avoid double testing in future years. 

Students can earn from 1-5 points for each exam, based on their performance.

5 – Advanced
4 – Accelerated
3 – Proficient
2 – Basic
1 – Limited

Students who take physical science, American history or American government as part of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, college dual credit or Credit Flexibility programs can use their scores from the programs’ end-of-course exams in place of the state end-of-course exam scores to accumulate graduation points.

A student who earned high school credit in any of the above courses before July 1, 2015 and a required end-of-course exam was not available automatically will receive a score of three points per course exam toward the total points needed for graduation. Middle school students this year who take one of these courses for high school credit must take the corresponding state end-of-course exam in this school year.

Exam Retakes

Students that score below proficient on an exam may retake it after they receive some extra help on the material.  Students that score proficient or higher on an end of course exam can retake exams only if, once they take all the exams, they have not met the minimum graduation points to graduate.  In this case, a student can retake any exam after receiving some extra help on the material. The same rules apply to substitute exams, which may be used interchangeably with approved tests. 

Graduation Points

With few exceptions, students must accumulate a minimum of 18 points from scores on their end of course exams to become eligible for a diploma.

More Flexibility for Students and Families

Students who do not earn the required number of graduation points can still meet the requirements for a diploma if they earn a remediation-free score on a national college admission test. This assessment will be given to students free of charge in the fall of their junior year starting with the graduating class of 2018.

Students also can qualify for a high school diploma by earning 12 points through one or several approved industry-recognized credential within a single career field and achieving a workforce-readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment. The State Board of Education will approve the workforce-readiness score needed for graduation this fall.

Last Modified: 6/10/2015 2:33:31 PM