Exiting Student Collection Announcement 

Ohio’s education system is dedicated to ensuring that each child is challenged to discover and learn, prepared to pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and empowered to become a resilient, lifelong learner who contributes to society. In an effort to better understand what those post-high school paths of students are, the general assembly and the Ohio Department of Education are developing a new exiting student follow-up collection to meet requirements in state and federal law[1].  
In the next few weeks, information on how this information will be collected will be published by our Education Management Information System (EMIS) office for public comment.  Additional information on the reporting requirements and supports from the department will be published in the fall before the collection begins next October. Information on exiting students will be shared on the report card published in the fall of 2023.
In the interim, we recommend that all districts plan for how they will reach out next year to this year’s graduates. Here are a few ideas to help you get started, including a sample student exit survey.
Overall, by better understanding what Ohio’s students go on to do after high school, we as an educational community can help guide students toward fulfilling, sustainable post-high school paths.

Read the full announcement here

[1] Ohio Revised Code: 3302.03 (D)(2)(f)

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.

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.