Graduation Requirements

Ohio Dials In New Graduation Requirements For High Schools
Posted on 08/15/2019
Freshmen will find new requirements to meet for graduation.

The Ohio Department of Education has changed the requirements for graduation for the incoming freshmen, including the Perkins High School Class of 2023.

The new requirements were set by Ohio law, and are in addition to changes made by the Perkins Local Schools Board of Education in July.


The changes are intended to make sure high school students are prepared for college and careers after they graduate. The changes and what they mean for incoming freshmen will be discussed at freshman Open House on Aug. 26.


Under the changes in Ohio law, students will no longer be required to take English Language Arts I competency test, but still be required to take end-of-course tests for algebra, geometry, English Language Arts II, biology, American government and American history. 


Students who do not pass the Algebra I and English II tests will be offered additional support to prepare for the tests and must retake them at least one more time. After the tests are retaken, and if testing is not the student’s strength, there are three options to show competency in the subject areas:


  • Demonstrate two career-focused activities, including proficient scores on WebXams, 12-point industry credential, a pre-apprenticeship or acceptance into an approved apprenticeship program, work-based learning, or earn the OhioMeansJobs readiness seal;

  • Enlist in the military; or

  • Earn credit for one college-level math and/or English through Ohio’s College Credit Plus program.


Lastly, the new requirements also call for students to show career readiness by earning at least two diploma seals, one of which must be state-defined. Seals help students develop an array of critical skills that are valuable to them as they transition beyond high school. 


The nine state-defined seals are:

  • OhioMeansJobs Readiness Seal – demonstrate work-readiness and professional competencies

  • State Seal of Biliteracy – be proficient in English and world language

  • Industry-Recognized Credential Seal – earn an industry-recognized credential for an in-demand job

  • College-Ready Seal – earn remediation-free scores on the ACT or SAT tests

  • Military Enlistment Seal – enlist in the military or participate in a JROTC program

  • Citizenship Seal – earn a proficient or higher score on both the American history and government end-of-course tests, earn a score that is at least equivalent to proficient on appropriate Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams, or earn a final course grade that is equivalent to a “B” or higher in appropriate classes taken through the College Credit Plus program

  • Science Seal – earn a score of proficient or higher on the biology end-of-course exam; or earn a score that is at least equivalent to proficient on appropriate Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams; or earn a final course grade that is equivalent to a “B” or higher in an appropriate class taken through the College Credit Plus program. 

  • Honors Diploma Seal – earn one of six honors diplomas

  • Technology Seal – earn a score that is at least equivalent to proficient on an appropriate Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exam; or a final course grade that is equivalent to a “B” or higher in an appropriate class taken through the College Credit Plus program; or complete a course offered through the district or school that meets guidelines developed by the Department of Education

The locally-defined seals are:

  • Community Service Seal – complete a community service project

  • Fine and Performing Arts Seal – demonstrate skill in the fine or performing arts

  • Student Engagement Seal – participate in extracurricular activities, including athletics, clubs, or student government

The new graduation requirements only impact the Class of 2023. However, this year’s sophomores and juniors also may follow the new requirements. 


The new Ohio graduation requirements are in addition to changes the Perkins Local School Board of Education adopted in July. 


Those requirements reduced the number of credit hours necessary for graduation to 20 from 24, which mirrors the requirements by the state. The board also changed the grading scale so that students who score:


  • 90-100 percent receive an A

  • 80-90 percent receive a B

  • 70-80 percent receive a C

  • 60-70 percent receive a D

  • 59 percent or below receive an F