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As a student entering ninth grade between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2019, Ohio’s new high school graduation requirements give you more flexibility to choose a graduation pathway that builds on your strengths and passions – one that ensures you are ready for your next steps and excited about the future.
There is no one-size-fits-all way to graduate. Ohio gives you several ways to qualify for a high school diploma. Choose the way that works best for you!
To earn a high school diploma in Ohio, you must:
Complete and earn a state minimum of 20 credits in specific subjects. Additionally, you must receive instruction in economics and financial literacy and complete at least two semesters of fine arts.
Meet one of the following options
Satisfy one of the three original pathways to graduation, which include:
Ohio’s State Tests
Earn 18 out of 35 points on seven end-of-course state tests. You can earn up to five points on each test. You need a minimum of four points in math, four points in English language arts and six points across science and social studies.
Industry-recognized credential and score on workforce readiness test
Earn an industry-recognized credential or a group of credentials totaling 12 points and earn the required score on the WorkKeys test. Ohio pays for you to take the test one time. Some districts offer the Senior Only program through which you can earn credentials in one school year.
College and career readiness tests
Earn remediation-free scores* in math and English language arts on the ACT or SAT. Your district chooses either the ACT or SAT. You will take a one-time statewide spring test in grade 11 for free. - Ohio’s university presidents set these scores, which are subject to change.
Satisfy both of the following new graduation requirements for the classes of 2023 and beyond by:
Students will demonstrate competency in the foundational areas of English language arts and mathematics or through alternative demonstrations, which include College Credit Plus, career-focused activities or military enlistment.
Students will demonstrate readiness for their post-high school paths by earning two seals that allow them to demonstrate important foundational and well-rounded academic and technical knowledge, professional skills, as well as develop key social and emotional competencies and leadership and reasoning skills.
Thinking about what to do after graduation? You have options!