Concern expressed by superintendents throughout Ohio about the transition to new graduation requirements for the class of 2018 and beyond has resulted in two new graduation pathways for the class of 2018. The pathways were included in Amended Substitute House Bill 49, Ohio’s budget bill for fiscal years 2018 and 2019.
Currently, graduation requirements require students to earn a minimum total of 18 points on seven end of course exams. The class of 2018 now as two additional pathways to meet graduation requirements. In one pathway, students must fulfill two of the following criteria:
- An attendance rate during senior year of at least 93 percent;
- At least a 2.5 GPA for senior year courses (minimum 4 full-year courses);
- Complete a capstone senior project as defined by the district;
- Complete 120 hours of work experience or community service during the senior year, as defined by the district;
- Earn 3 or more credits in a College Credit Plus course at any time during the student’s high school experience;
- Successfully complete an International Baccalaureate (IB), or Advanced Placement (AP) course and earn a score on the respective exam that would earn college credit (4 on IB exam, 3 on AP exam) at any time during the student’s high school experience;
- Earn a minimum Level 3 score on each of the reading for information, applied mathematics and locating information components of the WorkKeys exam (9 points total);
- Earn a State Board of Education approved, industry recognized credential or group of credentials equal to or greater than 3 points; or
- Earn and OhioMeansJobs readiness seal.
In the second pathway, students can complete an approved career-technical training program and then fulfill one of the following criteria:
- Earn a score of proficient or better on a career-tech exam or test module for the training program;
- Obtain an industry credential worth at least 12 points; or
- Complete 250 hours of workplace experience documented by positive work evaluations.
The additional graduation pathways are only available to the class of 2018 unless additional legislative action is taken. We will continue to work with our staff, students, and families to make sure everyone is informed about any changes. As always, if you have questions about our schools, please contact me at the Administrative Offices (237-6300) or through e-mail at Susan.Gunnell@huberheightscityschools.org.