A district tests and identifies a student as accelerated but the student does not take a high school course that has a required EndofCourse Exam. Is the student still required to take the EndofCourse Exam?
The student must take the endofcourse exam to earn an Ohio High School Diploma.
If the district allows a student, prior to July 1, 2015, to test out of a course as part of a credit flexibility plan, the district must give the state endofcourse exam. Testing out is one component of receiving credit to meet the testing requirement.
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A student who completed and received credit for a high school course in middle school prior to July 1, 2014 earns three graduation points. If the student takes the associated EndofCourse Exam in the effort to score higher and scores a 1 or 2 on the exam, will the student lose the three points already earned?
No, the student keeps the three points. A higher score of 4 or 5 on the endofcourse exam counts for the student’s graduation points. If the student takes the endofcourse exam, the score (higher or lower) may be included on the school and district report card.
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Are there Integrated Math EndofCourse tests that can be used instead of Algebra I and Geometry tests?
Yes, there will be integrated math tests for schools that have integrated math coursework. These will be available for schools at the same time as the Algebra I and geometry endofcourse tests.
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What are the requirements for students to retake the state endofcourse tests given in 20142015?
Students are allowed to retake the tests at a future date. If a student who had not previously scored proficient on the exam retakes it, the new score will count on the school’s Indicators Met measure on the report card. In this situation, the score would count if it was higher or lower than the original score. Still, students may always count their highest scores toward graduation points.
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Do students get to choose whether they take the Algebra I or Integrated Math EndofCourse exam?
The content of the course determines the test. Those students who are taking a course sequence that aligns with integrated math should take the integrated math endofcourse exam.
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Do the new graduation requirements apply to students at nonpublic schools?
Yes. All students attending a chartered nonpublic school must meet the course and assessment requirements in order to earn an Ohio diploma. This includes the seven endofcourse tests and the college admissions test. However, a committee of elected officials and stakeholders are meeting to recommend what the graduation requirements for these students will be in the future.
Students attending a nonchartered, nonpublic schools or are being homeschooled do not need to meet the new graduation or assessment requirements.
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If a student earned credit for Algebra I in the eighth grade last year, does the student have to take the EndofCourse test now?
No. A student who earned high school credit in any of the above courses before July 1, 2014, automatically will receive a score of three points per course test toward the total points needed for graduation. Students who automatically receive three points may take the test once to earn a higher score.
A student who took a high school course in the middle school and did not receive high school credit is still required to take the endofcourse test. The department recommends taking the endofcourse test during one of the two 20142015 opportunities.
A student who took a math or English course during the summer and did not complete the course until after July 1, 2014, is still required to take the endofcourse test. The department recommends taking the endofcourse test during the 20142015 school year.
Middle school students this year who take one of these courses for high school credit must take the corresponding state endofcourse test in this school year.
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If a student wants to graduate using the college admissions test pathway, does the student need to take the EndofCourse tests?
All students must complete the course requirements and assessment requirements in the seven approved courses. This means that all students will take the endofcourse tests for the seven courses and the college admissions test. Students may choose which pathway to pursue after considering their educational goals and their performance on the tests. If a student chooses to use a pathway that doesn’t rely on endofcourse test scores (such as the college admissions test), the student must still take the endofcourse tests.
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In order to receive three graduation points when the EndofCourse test is not available, do students have to receive high school credit for the course?
Yes, the law is specific on this. Students who took a high school course prior to grade 9 MUST receive high school credit for the course in order earn three graduation points without taking an endofcourse test for that course.
There are two requirements for awarding high school credit:

An appropriately licensed educator teaches the course; and

The requirements for the course are the same as for the high school course.
Additionally, the student’s high school transcript must begin after completion of the high school course.
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Ohio is not administering an Algebra II EndofCourse Exam. So, is Algebra II or its equivalent still a required course for graduation?
Yes, a credit in Algebra II or its equivalent is required to meet math curriculum units for high school graduation. There is no endofcourse test for Algebra II or its equivalent.
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Some students might take two courses in the same year. For example, an eighthgrader might take math and Algebra I. Must those students take both tests associated with the grade/course?
The student would take the high school endofcourse exam and may not take the eighthgrade level test. If a student is taking two high school courses in the same content area, then the student must take endofcourse exams in both courses.
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Students receive three graduation points for high school courses prior to July 1, 2015, if an EndofCourse test is not available. Are there other options for these students to earn more than three points?
In addition to automatically earning three points upon course completion prior to July 1, 2015, students have two other options. First, the students may use the course grade (as it appears on their transcripts) to earn graduation points. In early 2015, Ohio’s state superintendent of public instruction and chancellor of higher education will identify how course grades will translate into a number of earned graduation points. Second, students may still take the test when it is available to achieve more than three graduation points.
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What test does a student take in middle school this year if the student is in Algebra I? Is it the EndofCourse test or the eighth grade math test?
The U.S. Department of Education has approved the Ohio Department of Education’s request for a waiver from “double testing” students below ninth grade who are taking high schoollevel courses for credits. The waiver, which only applies to the 20142015 school year, requires these students in elementary and middle school to test above their grade levels – in the high schoollevel courses they took for credit – and prohibits them from taking the assessments for the courses at their current grade levels. These students must take the performancebased assessments and the endofyear exams that match the high schoollevel courses. For example, an eighthgrader who is taking Algebra I for high school credit must take only the Algebra I assessment. That student will not take the eighthgrade math test. Unlike the previous policy on accelerated testing, students do NOT need to be on formal acceleration plans in order to take the highergrade state tests. The waiver, which only applies to 20142015 school year, allows all students to take the tests that best match their courses of study, regardless of whether acceleration plans are in place. For the current school year, districts and schools should test their elementary and middle school students with higherlevel math, English language arts or science endofcourse exams in cases where the students are taking the course for high school credit. (Updated 1/5/15)
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When may a Computer Science course earn Mathematics Graduation credit?
Computer Science is a course that may award elective or mathematics credit toward graduation. The appropriate EMIS coding for Computer Science is: 290200 Computer Science, 292310 Computer Science A or 290320 Computer Science AB. The course code needs to match the learning standards identified in the course’s course of study, curriculum. The EMIS code dictates the licensure needed for a course. Therefore, the licensure required to teach computer science should be in computer science.
For any course to satisfy graduation credit in mathematics, the curriculum of the course needs to substantially address high school level standards in mathematics. In the case of Computer Science, the study would focus on problem solving through algorithm development. Since the curriculum of a course is determined at the district level, the decision as to whether or not a district’s computer science course qualifies for mathematics credit or for elective credit lies with the district.
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