For the class of 2018 and beyond, the Ohio Department of Education transitioned to multiple options for earning a high school diploma. The pathway options are set to give students more flexibility for success in school and preparing for their future after high school. To earn a high school diploma in Ohio, you must complete the required courses and then choose a pathway to show that you are ready for college or a job. Here’s what you need to do to graduate.
Ohio - State Credit Requirements
|Ohio requires students to complete a minimum of 20 required credits||State Minimum|
|English language arts||4 units|
|Physical education||½ unit|
|Social studies||3 units|
|Additional credits, if any, in district requirements|
|Economics and financial literacy|
Meet one of the following
- Ohio’s State Tests
Students earn a cumulative passing score of 18 points, using seven end-of-course state tests. To ensure students are well rounded, they must earn a minimum of four points in math, four points in English and six points across science and social studies.
End-of-course exams are:
- Algebra I and geometry or integrated math I and II
- American history and American government
- English I and English II
Students studying Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) courses in biology, American history or American government may take and substitute test scores for end-of-course state exams to earn graduation points. Students also may substitute grades from College Credit Plus courses in these science and social studies subjects for end-of-course state exams.
Students earn 12 points through a State Board of Education-approved, industry-recognized credential or group of credentials in a single career field and achieve a workforce readiness score on the WorkKeys assessment. The state of Ohio will pay one time for those who take the WorkKeys assessment.
3. College and career readiness tests
Students earn “remediation-free” scores in English language arts and mathematics on a nationally recognized college admission exam. The state of Ohio will pay one time for all 11th grade students in the classes of 2018 and beyond to take either the ACT or SAT free of charge. The student’s district selection applies to all schools in the district for one school year. Test selection may change from one school year to the next.
For more resources on Ohio's graduation requirements, visit the Ohio Department of Education website on Ohio's Options for a High School Diploma.