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Graduation requirements

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 creditsState Minimum
English language arts4 units
Health½ unit
Mathematics4 units
Physical education½ unit
Science3 units
Social studies3 units
Electives5 units
Additional credits, if any, in district requirements
Other Requirements
Economics and financial literacy
Fine arts


Meet one of the following

  1. 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
      • Biology
      • 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.

End-of-Course practice tests and resources

2. Industry credential and workforce readiness

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.