Students starting ninth grade this fall will have new state requirements for earning a high school diploma. The change will ensure that our students are better prepared for success after high school whether they attend college, pursue other training or go directly into a job.
Students have three ways to qualify for graduation:
· Earn an appointed, combined passing score on a series of seven end-of-course exams in English, math, physical science, American history and American government. Students who take physical science, American history or American government as part of Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or College Credit Plus programs can take the end-of-course exams designed for these courses instead of the state’s end-of-course exams. This will avoid double testing.
· Earn a “remediation-free” score on a nationally recognized college admission exam, such as the ACT or SAT. The score must show that a student will not need to take high school-level review courses in college before earning college credits. Every student entering ninth grade this year, and all those beyond, will take a college admission exam in grade 11 at the state’s expense.
· Earn an industry-recognized “credential” or state license to practice a vocation and receive a score on a job-skills test that shows the student is ready for employment.
What Will Not Change
· Students who have exceeded Ohio’s curriculum requirements for graduation have an opportunity to earn a diploma with honors.
· To graduate students still must earn a certain number of credits in English, math, science, social studies, physical education, health and elective courses.
· Through the class of 2019, students can meet alternative requirements in mathematics and science.
The state has designed these options to ensure that every high school student has access to a high-quality education and is prepared for success in college and careers. Be sure to monitor your child’s high school coursework and credits, and encourage your child to do the same. For more details, visit education.ohio.gov and type new graduation requirements in the Search box.
Ohio will soon replace its Ohio Graduation Tests (OGT) with new end-of-course exams that better measure whether students will be ready for college or a position in the workforce.
The exams will replace the OGT beginning with the class of 2018 (students who enter ninth grade in 2014-2015). Students who take high school English language arts I and II, algebra I, geometry (or integrated mathematics I and II), physical science, American history and American government will take end-of-course exams in these subjects. To avoid double testing, students participating in Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or College Credit Plus programs in physical science, American history and American government may take the corresponding tests instead of Ohio’s end-of-course exams in these subjects.
This school year only, districts can choose to give the end-of-course exams on computers, in paper format or using a combination of the two. In future years, tests will use computer technology.
The Ohio Graduation Tests will continue to be a requirement for earning a high school diploma for the classes of 2015 through 2017. These will be paper-format tests.
If you have questions, contact your child’s guidance counselor.
This year, most Ohio students in grades 3-8 will take a new and different set of state achievement tests that are based on Ohio’s New Learning Standards. Both the standards and new tests reflect higher expectations for what students should know and be able to do in math, English language arts, science and social studies. The new tests also will better measure what students have learned and what they can do with their knowledge.
In grades 3-8 math, the new state tests will replace the Ohio Achievement Assessments (OAA).
The new tests also will replace the OAAs in grades 4-8 English language arts. All grade 3 students will take the OAA in reading this fall. Students who reach a promotion score on that test will switch to the state’s new third-grade reading test next spring. Those who do not receive a promotion score will take the OAA in reading again next spring.
The new state tests also replace the grade 5 and 8 science tests and bring back the social studies tests at grades 4 and 6.
Each of these state tests has two parts. The first is performance-based. Students will provide answers and explain how and why they chose them. The second part is an end-of-course exam in which students simply select responses. A student’s final score will combine the scores from both parts.
If you have questions about the new state tests, contact your child’s teacher.