In addition to course credits, students (graduating in 2018 and beyond) will earn points toward graduation on seven end-of-course exams. These exams will replace the Ohio Graduation Test.
End of Course Exams
The courses in which students take an end-of-course exam are:
- English I (student in the class of 2018 and beyond)
- English II (students in the class of 2018 and beyond)
- Algebra I (students in the class of 2018 and beyond)
- Geometry (students in the class of 2018 and beyond)
- Physical science (all students enrolled)
- US History (all students enrolled)
- American Government (all students enrolled)
Students earn from 1-5 points for each exam, based on their performance.
5 – Advanced
4 – Accelerated
3 – Proficient
2 – Basic
1 – Limited
With few exceptions, students must accumulate a minimum of 18 points from scores on their end of course exams to become eligible for a diploma.
Students who take physical science, American history or American government as part of Advanced Placement or college dual credit programs can use their scores from the programs’ end-of-course exams in place of the state end-of-course exam scores to accumulate graduation points.
***A student who earned high school credit in any of the above courses before July 1, 2014, automatically will receive a score of three points per course exam toward the total points needed for graduation. Middle school students this year who take one of these courses for high school credit must take the corresponding state end-of-course exam in this school year.***
Students that score below proficient on an exam may retake it after they receive some extra help on the material. Students that score proficient or higher on an end of course exam can retake exams only if, once they take all the exams, they have not met the minimum graduation points to graduate. In this case, a student can retake any exam after receiving some extra help on the material. The same rules apply to substitute exams, which may be used interchangeably with approved tests.
More Flexibility for Students and Families
Students who do not earn the required number of graduation points can still meet the requirements for a diploma if they earn a remediation-free score on a national college admission test. This assessment will be given to students free of charge in the fall of their junior year starting with the graduating class of 2018.
Students also can qualify for graduation by earning an approved industry-recognized credential and achieving a workforce-readiness score on a related job skills assessment. The selection of those assessments is in progress.