Earning an Ohio High School Diploma for the Classes of 2021 and beyond

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. As an update, House Bill 491 directs the Department, in consultation with the business community, to present a long-term proposal for graduation requirements for the classes of 2021 and beyond to the General Assembly by April 1, 2019.


There is no one-size-fits-all way to graduate. Ohio gives you several pathways to qualify for a high school diploma. Choose the way that works best for you!

To earn a high school diploma in Ohio, you must complete the courses and requirements and then choose a pathway to show that you are ready for college or a job. Your school counselor will give you more details.

Complete Courses and Requirements

Take and earn a state minimum of 20 credits in specific subjects. You also must receive instruction in economics and financial literacy and complete at least two semesters of fine arts.

Choose a Pathway to Show You are Ready for College or a Job

  1. Ohio’s State Tests - Earn at least 18 points on seven end-of-course state tests. Each test score earns you up to five graduation points. You must have a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and six points across science and social studies. 
  2. Industry credential and workforce readiness - Earn a minimum of 12 points by receiving a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and earn the required score on WorkKeys, a work-readiness test. The state of Ohio will pay one time for you to take the WorkKeys test.
  3. College and career readiness tests - Earn remediation-free scores in mathematics and English language arts on either the ACT or SAT.

COMMUNICATION TOOLS TO HELP DISTRICTS EXPLAIN gRADUATION REQUIREMENTS for the classes of 2021 and beyond

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Last Modified: 12/21/2018 10:38:26 AM