Graduation Requirements – Class of 2023 and beyond

Ohio law enacted new, long-term graduation requirements for the class of 2023 and beyond. These requirements are also available as an additional option to students in the classes of 2018 through 2022. Guidance is now available here for these long-term graduation requirements. This guidance document provides more information on the competency scores and detailed information about each of the state-defined seals. Updates will be made to the document as more information becomes available and additional guidance is finalized. Please note the version date at the bottom of the document.
Ohio law directed the Department of Education, in collaboration with the Ohio Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s Office of Workforce Transformation, to establish a competency score on the English language arts II and algebra I end-of-course tests. The Ohio Department of Education, after gathering feedback from Ohio’s education stakeholders and business communities, determined that “competency” would be set at a score of 684 for both the English language arts II and algebra I tests.

Classes of 2021 and 2022 Graduation Requirements

Classes of 2023 and Beyond Graduation Requirements

State law introduced new, long-term graduation requirements for students in the class of 2023 and beyond. Students entering ninth grade after July 1, 2019, must meet the new requirements outlined in state law. Department staff are working to update the graduation webpages and guidance documents. Please check back often.  

Ohio law requires that seals earned by students using these graduation requirements be affixed to the student’s diploma. The Ohio Department of Education has designed the seals linked below for this purpose. Schools and Districts can use whatever method meets their local needs to affix these seals to their students’ diplomas.
Citizenship College-Ready Community Service
Fine and Performing Arts Honors Diploma Industry-Recognized Credential
Military Enlistment OhioMeansJobs Readiness Science
Seal of Biliteracy Student Engagement Technology

Senior Only Program

High school seniors! Boost your earning power when you graduate from high school with an industry-recognized credential. A credential makes you marketable for in-demand jobs in Ohio. The Senior Only Credential Program is for students in their senior year who have completed most of their curriculum requirements. An industry-credential can be part of your path to graduation. Handout | en Español

Classes of 2014-2017 Graduation Requirements

Students in the classes of 2014-2017 operated under their original graduation requirements. On Jan. 1, 2016, students may have chose to use Ohio’s new graduation pathways to earn a diploma.