The Ohio School Boards Association (OSBA) is among a coalition of state education groups that is supporting new graduation requirements for Ohio students.
The new graduation requirements, approved by a joint legislative committee, would replace the Ohio Graduation Test with seven end-of-course exams in English, math, science, U.S. history, and government. The measure would require all high school juniors to take a nationally recognized college-entrance exam, most likely the ACT exam, with expenses paid by the state.
There would be alternative paths to a diploma other than through the new planned end-of-course examinations, which would replace the Ohio Graduation Tests.
OSBA Director of Legislative Services Damon Asbury said that the legislation does not change the current credit completion requirements. However, it does provide some alternative pathways to a high school diploma.
“The State Board considered alternate routes to a diploma, especially for students on a path to a successful career with appropriate training in one of Ohio’s career-technical programs,” Asbury said. “This legislative proposal includes this approach, and these students should be rewarded for their efforts.”
The measure is expected to be signed by Gov. John R. Kasich.
The Ohio Association of School Business Officials, Buckeye Association of School Administrators, and Ohio Association of Secondary School Administrators also supported the legislation this week. Read the joint press release for more information.