High school grad­u­a­tion change clears full leg­is­la­ture

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Dayton Daily News - - LOCAL & STATE - By Jeremy P. Kel­ley Staff Writer

Ohio high schools can now turn their at­ten­tion to help­ing se­niors meet al­ter­na­tive grad­u­a­tion path­ways, as the state Se­nate and House over­whelm­ingly ap­proved those op­tions Thurs­day.

Cur­rent high school se­niors and ju­niors will not have to pass state tests to grad­u­ate, although those who al­ready passed the tests will still qual­ify for a diploma via that route. Ohio has been one of about a dozen states that re­quire most stu­dents to pass a stan­dard­ized test to grad­u­ate.

The Se­nate ap­proved the changes in House Bill 491 by a 29-0 vote, and the House passed it 78-1. The bill now goes to Gov. John Ka­sich for his sig­na­ture. Leg­is­la­tors said last week the gov­er­nor’s of­fice sup­ports the changes.

House Bill 491 gives cur­rent high school se­niors ex­actly the same grad­u­a­tion op­tions the Class of 2018 had. Stu­dents still have to pass the re­quired 20 class­room cred­its, take all state “end-of-course” tests and re­take any English or math tests where they scored a 1 or 2 on the 5-point scale.

But in­stead of need­ing cer­tain scores on those new, harder tests, stu­dents can earn a diploma by meet­ing two of nine un­re­lated stan­dards that in­clude 93 per­cent se­nior-year at­ten­dance, strong se­nior-year class­room grades, 120 work/ser­vice hours, a “cap­stone” project and a va­ri­ety of other op­tions.

There’s a sim­i­lar ad­just­ment for stu­dents in ca­reer tech pro­grams, tak­ing away the re­quire­ment for a cer­tain score on the WorkKeys exam and adding re­place­ment path­ways.

The bill sets sim­i­lar grad­u­a­tion al­ter­na­tives for the Class of 2020, with a few tweaks. The “good at­ten­dance” op­tion would not be avail­able to the Class of 2020. Work/ser­vice hours and cap­stone projects for Class of 2020 stu­dents would have to meet stan­dards to be set next spring by the Ohio Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion. And the strong class­room grades op­tion would ap­ply to cour­ses taken in both ju­nior and se­nior year. Con­tact this re­porter at 937225-2278 or email Jeremy. Kel­[email protected]­inc.com.


Ohio high school se­niors and ju­niors will not have to pass state tests to grad­u­ate. Se­niors will have the same grad­u­a­tion op­tions as the Class of 2018.

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