Ohio’s Options for a High School Diploma

The transition to multiple options for earning a high school diploma is an exciting one for students who will have more flexibility for success in school and preparing for their future after high school. The department is providing the following tools to communicate effectively these options.

Three new communication tools to help districts explain graduation for the Class of 2018 and beyond

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Here is the list of approved industry-recognized credentials that students in the class of 2018 and beyond can use to qualify for high school graduation. It includes credentials tied to Ohio in-demand occupations. Additionally, the department reviewed and included, as appropriate, credentials suggested by community stakeholders, including parents, schools and businesses. Student must earn 12 points through one or several credentials within a single career field and achieve a workforce-readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment. The State Board of Education will approve the workforce-readiness score needed for graduation in fall 2015.

The department will update the credential list annually. Community stakeholders, including parents, schools and businesses, may suggest additional credentials for the 2015-2016 school year. Here is the application that individuals can use to suggest a credential. The application deadline is July 15, which is an extension from the original June 1, 2015. The Ohio Department of Education will review and consider any additional suggested credentials for the list.

There are a few decisions yet to be made, which do not have an immediate impact on incoming freshmen. Later this year, the State Board of Education will make the selection of college admissions tests for students to take in their junior year (starting in 2017) and will set the score needed on the test to qualify for a diploma if the student is using this option.

Please email questions to gradrequirements@education.ohio.gov.

Last Modified: 8/18/2015 11:42:32 AM