Standard High School Graduation Requirements

Standard High School Graduation Requirements


The information below describes state high school graduation requirements as defined by state statutes and regulations. These requirements should be understood to show minimum course requirements, in that local boards may adopt graduation requirements above and beyond those mandated by the state. Policies reflect courses to be completed and do not include exit exam requirements. This database indicates where state policy specifies courses that may or must be completed to earn subject area credit.

With the exception of Nebraska and New Jersey, required coursework is expressed in Carnegie units, with one unit reflecting one year of coursework. Units defined in Idaho and Indiana policy have been translated from half-year to full-year units to maintain consistency. Exceptions and other circumstances related to completing high school graduation course requirements are included in the "Technical Notes and Citations" field at the end of each state's report. Subject area fields with a --- indicate that the state does not set course requirements for that subject. Where the number of state-mandated units in specific subjects falls below the total number of state-mandated units, this difference is indicated in the "total units" field rather than the "electives" field to reflect local districts' option to increase unit requirements in subject areas.

This information was gathered in January to August 2005 and is updated as new policies are enacted.

Last update: March 23, 2007

This database was compiled by Jennifer Dounay Zinth, project manager, ECS High School Policy Center. For questions, additions or corrections: 303.299.3689 or jdounay@ecs.org.


Ohio

Standard Diploma
English units (Std.) 4
Math units (Std.) 3
Eff. Class of 2014: 4, incl. Algebra II
Social studies units (Std.) 3

Notes/Citation: All students must complete "one unit of American history and government, including a study of the" U.S. and Ohio constitutions.

Science units (Std.) 3, incl. 1 unit each biological sciences and physical sciences
Eff. Class of 2014: 3 lab, incl. 1 unit biology, 1 unit physical sciences, 1 unit advanced science chosen from: (a) chemistry, physics or other physical science; (b) advanced biology or other life science; (c) astronomy, physical geology, or other earth or space science.
P.E./Health units (Std.) 1

Notes/Citation: .5 unit each of p.e. and health

Arts (Std.) 0 (see notes)

Notes/Citation: "Each student's electives shall include at least one unit, or two half units, chosen from among the areas of business/technology, fine arts, and/or foreign language."

Foreign language (Std.) 0 (see notes)

Notes/Citation: "Each student's electives shall include at least one unit, or two half units, chosen from among the areas of business/technology, fine arts, and/or foreign language."

Electives units (Std.) 6
Eff. Class of 2014: 5
Notes/Citation: Pre-2011: "Each student's electives shall include at least one unit, or two half units, chosen from among the areas of business/technology, fine arts, and/or foreign language." Eff. Class of 2011: Units must be chosen from "foreign language, fine arts, business, career-technical education, family and consumer sciences, technology, agricultural education, or English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies courses not otherwise required...."
Other units (Std.) 0 (see notes)

Notes/Citation: Each student's electives shall include at least one unit, or two half units, chosen from among the areas of business/technology, fine arts, and/or foreign language."

TOTAL # units (Std.) 20
Other diploma options State offers college prep and technical diploma options. State will begin phasing in proficiency-based credit option during the 2009-2010 school year.
Technical notes and citations (Std.) Students entering grade nine after July 2010 but before July 2014 may opt out of the Ohio core curriculum if all of the following criteria are met: (1) After the student attends high school for two years, the student and parent sign a parental consent form that acknowledges the student will be ineligible to enroll in most state universities without further coursework; (2) The student and parent fulfill any procedural requirements the school stipulates to ensure the student's and parent's informed consent; (3) The student and parent, and a representative of the high school develop an individual career plan that specifies the student entering a two-year postsecondary program, earning an business and industry credential, or entering an apprenticeship; (4) The student's high school provides counseling and support related to the individual career plan during the student's last two years of high school; and (5) The student completes the graduation requirements in effect prior to the Class of 2014.
OHIO REV. CODE ANN. § 3313.60, 3313.603; OHIO ADMIN. CODE § 3301-35-04
Planning and Counseling Requirement
State requires student to adopt learning plan (not including career pathway requirements) No
Additional Coursework Options and Requirements
State has policy on early graduation No
State has policy allowing students to meet coursework requirements through proficiency No. However, 2006 S.B. 311 directs the state board of education, in consultation with the Oho board of regents and the partnership for continued learning, to adopt a plan by April 2009, implementing methods for students to earn high school credit based on a demonstration of subject area competency, either in conjunction with or in place of classroom instruction. The state board must begin phasing in the plan during the 2009-2010 school year.
Required coursework aligned with college entrance requirements
  • No
  • State does not have statewide college entrance requirements
All high school students are required to declare a major/career pathway/career focus No
Sources Alignment: High school graduation requirements: OHIO REV. CODE ANN. § 3313.603, OHIO ADMIN. CODE § 3301-13-07; College admissions requirements: ECS Postsecondary Governance Structures Database
Proficiency-based credit: OHIO. REV. CODE ANN. § 3313.603(J) (2006 S.B. 311)

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