Graduation flexibility Course grade substitution and new graduation pathways 2020-2021

Recently enacted legislation (Section 9 of HB 67) allows districts and schools to substitute an eligible student’s final course grade in an eligible course for the corresponding high school end-of-course test. This bill waives the requirement for school districts and schools to administer the U.S. history end-of-course test during the 2020-2021 school year. This new legislation has also developed two new pathways to graduation for eligible students for the 2020-2021 school year only. 

Graduation Flexibility Course Grade Substitution 2020-2021 
Graduation Pathways: New for 2020-2021 School Year

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.